MLS Matchweek 2 Odds: NYCFC Home Favorites Over DC United, Philadelphia Union Heavy Underdog to Sporting KC

High Press 10 March 8, 2019 96 Reads

The 2019 MLS season got underway last week. We learned some things, some things stayed the same.

The New York Red Bulls played their B team to save legs for the CONCACAF Champions League; NYCFC stumbled to a 2-2 draw; Atlanta United looked poor with Frank de Boer, losing 2-0 to a might-be-a-contender DC United; and Zlatan did Zlatan things (read 5 more things learned during Matchweek 1 here).

How does 2019 MLS Matchweek 2 look? Let’s examine the lines and some things to watch.

2019 MLS Matchweek 2 Game Odds

Remember, home team is listed first. If you need a refresher, visit how to bet MLS or how to bet soccer.

All listed odds from FanDuel NJ Sportsbook.

Chicago Fire -130 Draw +290 Orlando City +320
New England Revolution +135 Draw +250 Columbus Crew +190
FC Dallas -145 Draw +320 LA Galaxy +340
Houston Dynamo +105 Draw +260 Montreal Impact +230
Real Salt Lake -150 Draw +310 Vancouver Whitecaps +380
San Jose Earthquakes +135 Draw +250 Minnesota United +190
Seattle Sounders -210 Draw +360 Colorado +500
NYCFC -125 Draw +280 DC United +320
Sporting KC -135 Draw +300 Philadelphia Union +330
Atlanta United -240 Draw +390 Cincinnati +550
LAFC -140 Draw +300 Portland Timbers +340

MLS Matchweek 2 Odds and Ins

Week 1 surprisingly saw only three odds on favorites. Matchweek 2 doubles that total to six. Some notes:

  • NYCFC finds themselves at -125 (so bet $125 to win $100) at home against a potentially strong DC United (+320, so bet $100 to win $320) squad. With Wayne Rooney and Luciano Acosta picking up right where they left off from last year, there may be some value there with DCU. It’ll be interesting to see if NYCFC’s Alexandru Mitrita builds on a promising debut in front of the home crowd.
  • Maybe it’s more of a hunch, but we think LA Galaxy is going to have a strong, playoff-caliber year. Priced at +340, even on the road against FC Dallas, are longer odds than they may deserve. Plus, you know, Zlatan.
  • Oddly, we may know a lot about Atlanta United (this week’s biggest favorite at -240) after this weekend’s match against expansion FC Cincinatti (biggest dog at +550). Another poor de Boer showing and the #DeBoerOut movement will grow exponentially. Perhaps giving the team some run back in Tata Martino’s successful 3-5-2 system (instead of the 3-4-3 that’s definitely not working) will snap United out of its early funk. If de Boer has learned anything from his previous two wildly unsuccessful stops at Inter and Palace, it might be to not stubbornly stick with something that’s not working–especially when you know something will work with the personnel you have.

 

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