Only one free betting preview for today, as there is not a lot of soccer during the international break. Below is our MLS betting preview for the match between Dallas and New York Red Bulls. If we take a look at the other MLS game for tonight, over 3.00 goals bet in the Impact v Chicago game sounds like a tempting in-play bet, but only if Chicago manage to score early in the game. There is also a matchup between LA Galaxy and Colorado Rapids, with both teams low on morale. This game looks like a must win for LA if they wish to do anything this season, especially against a team who has managed to score only 5 goals on the road this season. But again, not a lot of value in the current odds, maybe -0.25 option if they go behind early in the match, but a poor start may add more stress for the players and increase the anxiety in the ground.
Dallas are without some key players for this match because of the international break. Figueroa and Hedges are not available which affects the defense, Harris and Hollingshead contenders to start. In midfield, Gruezo and Acosta are absent which affects the quality in midfield, Ulloa and Pomykal have less quality but are pressing for starts. Urruti is the main goal threat, pace effective. Dallas are slight favorites for this match with a -0.5 handicap to overcome. This is surprising when considering that Dallas are 6 league games without a win and are under pressure to get a positive result. Without a host of players due to international duty, Dallas would accept any margin of victory, important that they avoid defeat to keep place inside the playoffs. The 2.75 goals line would suggest a tight contest between these sides, also highlighting the approach taken by the hosts. Dallas will look to settle into the contest, content to allow the visitors to have more of the ball. An early goal will be crucial in beating the 2.75 goals line, should Dallas fall behind they will need to take more risks on the ball. This will result in a more open match.
New York RB are without Lawrence, Murillo and Escobar because of international commitments, which means the defense will be affected for this match. Perrinelle and Collin remain doubts, meaning Long could lead the defense. Further forward few changes are likely, Kljestan will aim to support attacks and provide passes for Wright-Phillips, the latter is the main goal threat. New York RB are slight outsiders for this match according to the handicap, the +0.5 line is surprising when considering the key personnel not playing in the home side. Although New York RB have won just 1 of their last 4 league games, the mood in the team remains positive. Aware of the pressure the hosts are under, anything less than a win would feel a disappointment. The visitors have the quality in the final third to take advantage of the many changes expected in the home side. The over 2.75 goals line is dependent on an early goal being scored, should the visitors take the lead the game is likely to become more stretched. New York RB will remain on the front foot if they score first, not comfortable holding onto a single goal lead.
Verdict & Prediction
New York Red Bulls showed good character in their last match, coming from behind to rescue a draw against fierce rivals. The spirit in the team is strong at the moment, with coach Marsch having the backing of the players. The visitors will be confident of getting a win against struggling side. The motivation will be high in the away side, as they still need the points to secure their place in the play-off positions. New York Red Bulls can still chase sides above them, the incentive for the visitors is to get all 3 points to maintain pressure. An early goal would make home fans restless.
Prediction: New York Red Bulls +0.50 Asian Handicap (same as Double Chance bet on NYRB)
Odds: 1.88 Pinnacle, SBOBET
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