And finally, our official betting preview. You may not see the All-Star as a viable betting option, but it’s something I’ve officially bet on the last two years. We had the Over 3.5 goals and the MLS All-Stars win last season, and in a previous season we had Manchester United’s thumping of the All-Stars.
Tonight, AS Roma are the opponents. Roma bring with them a full 20+ man squad with a wealth of experience, talent and youth. The clear problem for AS Roma so early in their season is going to be the level of fitness as they take on a side who’s core is largely of the United States and Canadian International teams, featuring 16 Internationals.
The potential for a number of changes in the game also hurt the ability Roma have to put together a fluent 90 minutes good enough to consistently break down the All-Stars.
It hasn’t always provided a high scoring contest when MLS sides take on Europe, but in recent years, and with MLS’ improvements, the goals are more flowing and the MLS prevent a threat big enough to score as many as they like.
For Roma, there’s going to be a lot of basic mistakes, but with the likes of Totti, Lamela, Tadic, etc all playing a part, there’s plenty of room for lots of goals too. It could turn in to something of a typical exhibition match.
I wanted to do the MLS All-Stars +1 or +0.75 if possible, but unexpectedly those prices are just way to short to be betting on. Instead, I think I’ll go for what I’d deem the most sensible option, and not requiring anything from one specific team in a game such as this. Both teams are very capable of scoring 2 or more goals this evening.
Over 3.5 goals @ 2.00 with Sky Bet