First Leg Betting Preview for MLS Semifinals

October 31, 2015 Football Soccer

MLS logoWith the Major League Soccer having finished their 2015 MLS Cup knockout round that gave fans the excitement they were seeking in the win or go home atmosphere of that knockout round. Thus, fans need to prepare for some dazzling action in the Conference Semifinals for 2015. So if you Bet on Soccer at SBG Global check out their early odds for these 4 games.

In these semifinals the lower seed team gets the home field advantage over the top seeds that enjoyed byes as the other teams played for advancement. So now we take a look at the 1st leg games of which all 4 games will be held on Sunday the 1st of November 2015.

The first of the 4 Semifinal games brings us DC United playing the Red Bull of New York at 3 PM ET. The United of DC made here with a 2-1 win over the Revolution as C. Rolfe scored the winning goal for United. Now the United faces the Red Bulls but at home where they have historically played well. Actually United has beaten the Red Bulls in their last 4 home games with New York this year charting 3 wins and a draw at 2 to 2.

On the other side the Red Bull is 1 of the better teams coming into these semifinals winning 4 of their latest 5 games to date. Their stars on the attack are L. Sam, B. Phillips and S. Kljestan who will more than likely score 1 or 2 goals on the road as they return to home field for the 2nd leg of the tournament. On the road this season the Red Bull has accumulated 27 goals and that’s a MLS record.

The prediction for this game is that the home team DC United manages a draw on their home field.

The 2nd game has the Timbers of Portland playing the Whitecaps of Vancouver with the kick-off at 5 PM ET. In the last round the Timbers had to win on penalties over the Sporting of Kansas City, thus they are somewhat lucky to still be in the tournament. During the regular season at home they only allowed 13 goals to be scored and that was the best in t he league, so maybe they are more than just lucky!

Thus the win by the Whitecaps brings 2 rivals together of which the Whitecaps had a benefit of a bye. Prior to their win over Houston in the knockout round, the Whitecaps had 5 losses and 2 draws.

Meanwhile the Timbers should hold an advantage over the Caps since in their recent games, the Timbers managed to win 6 games, with 6 draws and 2 losses during their ultimate MLS games.

The prediction for this game is that the Timbers of Portland beat their state rivals the Whitecaps of Vancouver 2-1.

The 3rd game has the Impact of Montreal playing the Crew of Columbus with the kick-off scheduled for 7 PM ET.

Basically the Impact of Montreal beat their rivals Toronto FC 3-0 on at home as D. Drogba continued his record setting goal scoring with 12 goals in his last 12 games in the MLS. Thus, the win in the knockout round gave Montreal its 4th win in the last 6 games as they scored in all 6 games at least 2 goals. Even as they seem to score easily it will be hard for the Impact to stop the Crew of Columbus from scoring. The Crew in their games with Montreal this season won the 1st 2 games, while the Impact won the last 2 games, but that was before the arrival of their now star Drogba. The prediction in this match-up is that the Impact squeeze out a 3-2 wins at home over the Crew of Columbus.

The 4th and final game of this 1st leg brings us the Sounders FC playing at FC Dallas with the kick-off scheduled for 9:30 PM ET. The Sounders FC of Seattle had a crazy game in the knockout round where they beat the Galaxy of L.A. after their being 4 goals scored in the 1st 22 minutes of the game 3-2.

In that game the home field advantage worked for the Sounders who at their home field, the Century Link Field they have a record of 11 wins, 4 losses and 2 draws, and also are unbeaten in their ultimate 8 home games with 7 wins and a draw.

The FC Dallas team was good at home in the regular season, but struggled on the road winning 5 losing 8 and with 4 draws. The last game with Seattle the Sounders beat Dallas 3-0 and the FC Dallas team in their 6 years have played the Sounders 10 times, with 7 wins in that period. The FC Dallas has a very well balance roster that includes an attack that allowed them to have six of their players to score at least 5 goals or more this season to date. But remember the Sounders also have a duo of stars in O. Martins and C. Dempsey that in their last 2 games have scored 3 times in those games.

The online sportsbook prediction for this 4th and final game is that the Sounders take a slight edge at home, in this game and beat the FC Dallas team 2-1!

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