I’m away this weekend so I’m posting these bets early. Also, that means we should get better odds than we would tomorrow. And so we come to the final football fixture list of the membership period. We’ve had some ups and downs, and it’s been a bumpy ride for sure. Regardless, we’ll be hoping to compound our recent run by contributing more profit to the pile that NBA and Football has produced this membership period. Good luck guys.
Toronto FC vs. Real Salt Lake – (6.00pm)
I don’t need much more reason to bet this game other than its Toronto FC against the most organised team in MLS right now. After watching the Kyle Beckerman and RSL episode on MLS 36 this week, it reminded me of just how tight knit a group RSL are. Every single season they’re remarkably consistent, and although they haven’t found that MLS Cup winning formula for a while, they’ll always be close. Recent performances leave them joint top of the league. This is arguably their most important game, sandwiched in the middle of the last and next 4 weeks. With Rimando, Sabario, Beckerman and Beltran about to take part in the Gold Cup, this is Real Salt Lake’s best chance to get one last win with their full contingent, before players leave on July 7. Toronto on paper have picked up a number of draws against credible sides at home, but a closer look tells us it’s often after throwing away an injury time lead. I’m not sure if that’s a luxury this free scoring RSL side will afford them. Despite most of their recent form coming at home, I’m sure 6 straight wins and 19 goals in that time will provide enough confidence to give Toronto a stiff test.
DC United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – (12.00am)
An unconventional bet this may be, it isn’t without justification. DC have picked up two big wins in their last 2 outings, and the sight of Thorrington, DeLeon, De Rosario and Pontius all on the same pitch must be a pleasing site for DC United fans. They’ve definitely struggled without being able to field any sort of consistent side, and although the defending has not been glamorous, a run of 5 goals in 12 games would never have happened with all of their guys present. After losing 7 on the bounce and 8 of 9, DC will be pleased to announce they’ve won 3 of the last 4 and only lost 3 of the last 9 overall. The major difference being that the goals are back. De Rosario (5), Pontius (2) and Pajoy (1) have combined for 8 goals in DC’s last 4 games, and the real joy of it is that those fantastic two at the top have combined for nearly all of the assists. When these two are in form, DC can’t be stopped. Last season, DC scored 37 goals in 17 home games, finishing 2nd in the league. This season, they have managed a grand total of 8 in 16. Fair to say, that’s embarrassing. Despite all of this, the last 3 weeks DC have been rapidly improving, and I think these in form figures can take advantage of no Andy O’Brien or Jay DeMerit for the visitors. Saragosa has returned for DC also, and that adds huge depth not previously seen this year.
Montreal Impact vs. Colorado Rapids – (12.00am)
The hosts continue their rise on up the table and Montreal are still the best team in Major League Soccer based on having the best points per game average. The unbalanced schedule will show RSL and Portland are top with 30 points apiece from 17 games. The real leaders, however, are Montreal, with 29 points from just 14 games. The defensive duo of Alessandro Nesta and Matteo Ferrari probably still has enough quality between them to be competitive in Serie A, and despite all 3 are definitely ageing, Marco Di Vaio’s goal ratio proves he’d still make a living in Europe too. Montreal have not lost at home this season, having won 7 and drawn 2 at home this season. In all competitions, they’ve produced a whopping 22 goals in 9 outings. Marco Di Vaio has been responsible for a hat-trick, a brace and a goal in every MLS game. The Rapids went through a resilient face, and for that they should be respected and considered a threat, but the injuries and departures are really taking a toll now. After last week’s 3-0 defeat in Portland, the Rapids are winless in 5. With injuries to several key players including Calderon and Pickens, along with the departure of Mastroeni and Lawrentowicz in the last year, the Rapids are now looking a thing bunch with the interest directed at Castrillion and the possibility of no Rivero or Smith. Big ask this evening for them.
Real Salt Lake +0AH @ 1.93 with Pinnacle
DC United -0.25AH @ 2.19 with 32Red
Montreal -0.75AH @ 2.01 with Pinnacle