MLS Betting: Atlanta travel light, Big Apple belongs to the Bulls

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Dave Farrar predicts another Atlanta United away victory, excitement for LAFC and a New York Derby with wings...

“Atlanta have taken advantage of just about every error made by their opponents so far this season, and given that they're somewhere near full strength, they look a decent price for this one.”

Atlanta grind another out

Philadelphia Union v Atlanta United
Sunday, 00:00
Live on Sky Sports Football

Atlanta United continue to look the most impressive team in MLS in 2018, and despite their dramatic late loss against FC Dallas in midweek, I still fancy them to come away from Philadelphia with all three points this weekend.

The Union have struggled lately, losing three of their last four, and for all of Atlanta's extraordinary fireworks in their home games this season, they've proved very effective away from the Mercedes Benz Stadium. They've won five of their nine away games so far, scoring just 13 times and showing the ability to grind out victories. I think that they'll do something similar here.

Philadelphia are strong at home, although they have lost twice at the Talen Energy Stadium so far in this campaign, and their 4-1 defeat at LAFC last time was a really poor one: they looked disorganised and discouraged, and this mini slump might just continue.

Jim Curtin admits that his young team are still making naive mistakes, and being punished for them. Atlanta have taken advantage of just about every error made by their opponents so far this season, and given that they're somewhere near full strength, they look a decent price for this one.

Meet the new Orlando

LAFC v Orlando City
Sunday, 03:30
Live on Sky Sports Football

Orlando City finally have a new Coach in the shape of their former player James O'Connor, and he has promised to bring attacking football back to Florida. It seems a popular appointment, with his new squad making all of the right noises, but he faces a tough first game in charge as he takes his team to the Banc of California Stadium to play LAFC.

Bob Bradley's team are unbeaten at their new home, and are no strangers to attacking football themselves, with their last five games producing 23 goals, and I expect another hatful here. Orlando have been poor defensively of late, and with that not likely to change immediately under O'Connor, LAFC will be confident that they can get the job done.

LAFC have conceded in seven of their last eight MLS games, though, and their wins are rarely dull. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Orlando improve under O'Connor, possibly even scoring multiple goals, but ultimately going down in what should be another game worth watching in this part of California.

Bullish New York Derby

NYCFC v NYRB
Monday, 00:00
Live on Sky Sports Football

The New York Derby will take centre stage on Monday night as the New York Red Bulls look to build on their good recent form at an NYCFC side who are struggling to find any form under their new Coach Domenec Torrent.

They won a couple of home games in June, but haven't played particularly well, and given that they have twice been beaten 4-0 by the Red Bulls this season already, they look very short at [2.0] to win at the weekend.

The Red Bulls have now won three MLS games in a row, and showed that they can do it on the road with a scrappy win at Toronto last time. They'll be a little unsettled by the rumours linking their Coach Jesse Marsch with the job at RB Leipzig, but I still think that they look a big price here at [3.4].

Bradley Wright-Phillips has started to find significant form, scoring in three of his last four, and the Red Bulls could be all set for another smash and grab style win, particularly given the likely absence of David Villa through injury. NYCFC looked anything but impressive in their defeat in Chicago last weekend, and it won't be long before the voices of the Torrent doubters get a little louder.

I'm tempted to lay NYCFC as they're very short, but I can't resist backing the Red Bulls to get the job done at [3.4].

2018 P/L

Staked: 51 points
Returned: 61.59
P/L +10.59

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