We’ve reached the Conference Finals stage with our MLS predictions and are eyeing an 8.32 double from this weekend’s two big showdowns.
Bwin have hundreds of soccer betting markets on these games and we’ve picked out our best selections for punters to consider.
Portland to beat Salt Lake and over 2.5 goals @ 2.6
These two teams were fourth and seventh in the Western Conference but, such is the unpredictable nature of this year’s MLS play-offs, they have belied big MLS odds to set up this surprise clash.
Real are trying to reach the MLS Cup final for the first time in eight years after beating Seattle on spot-kicks and stunning Kansas City 2-1, both times showing plenty of resilience at the back.
However, we’ve been more impressed by Portland’s progress, which began with a 3-1 win over Minnesota and then featured a 1-0 away victory over conference table toppers Colorado.
Being without the injured Sebastian Blanco and banned Dairon Asprilla is obviously a significant blow but this experienced unit has the temperament to cope.
Timbers beat Real three times during the regular season by a combined total of 12-4 and can confirm that superiority once more.
Philadelphia to beat New York City and under 3.5 goals @ 3.2
New York City followed up a 2-0 win over Atlanta by upsetting top seeds New England on penalties in midweek but that latest effort came at a cost, with Golden Boot hero Valentin Castellanos sent off late on and now suspended.
The Cityzens held their own in three regular-season meetings with Philadelphia this term, with a win apiece and a draw, but now look up against it without their main attacking threat.
Union have come out on top in 13 of their last 16 matches at Subaru Park, even if they did need extra-time to take out the Red Bulls and only shaded Nashville in a shoot-out.
Philadelphia have fierce competitors all over the pitch and are now favourites in the outright MLS Cup betting.
Jim Curtin’s side do not score an abundance of goals but are dogged and determined – just the traits needed to keep going at this stage.
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