Crunch time is here in the MLS, as most teams only have five matches remaining and the playoffs are rapidly approaching. The playoff picture is still unclear, but that will change some after this weekend’s action. Here are previews of some of the bigger matches. At time of writing bet365 only has posted odds for one of the weekend matches; watch the sportsbook for the rest.
Kansas City stopped the bleeding with a win in their last match, which snapped their four-match losing streak. They are in second place in the East, three points back of DC United and three points clear of New England, who they face this weekend. The Revolution had their four-match winning streak snapped in their last match, but can pull into a tie for second in the conference with a win. bet365 has Sporting as the home MLS betting favorite with odds of -125, with New England at +350 and a draw line of +250.
Time is running out for the Union, who sit in the sixth spot in the East two points out of the last playoff spot. While they are unbeaten in their last five matches they have two draws in their last two. While you can be sure they will be the betting underdog on the road facing DC United the top team in the East is not in top form with two draws and a loss in their last three matches.
The Whitecaps are in the same boat as the Union two games out of the last playoff spot, but in the West and they are at home this weekend. However, they have lost two straight matches and only have one win in their last five. Real Salt Lake is in good shape to be in the playoffs, but they may need to win to have any chance to get a top seed at five points back of Seattle and L.A.
L.A. Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls
L.A. is the hottest team in the West, as they are the only team in the conference without a loss in their last five matches. They are tied for first in the conference with Seattle and they host New York, who sit in fourth place in the East. The Galaxy will be the betting favorite, but the Red Bulls are playing well and have three wins in their last four matches.
With a few matches left bet365 has the L.A. Galaxy with the best betting odds to win the MLS Cup at +350 followed by DC United (+700), Seattle (+800), Real Salt Lake (+800), Sporting Kansas City (+800), New York (+900), and FC Dallas (+1000).