Major League Soccer Betting Tips
Discover our tips, predictions and all the information required for your sports betting on the next American MLS match day.
The 2022 MLS Season
The Major League Soccer is the top flight football league of the United States. The league has been in operation since 1996 with the number of team expanding each year. Last year there were 27 teams while this year will see 28 teams competing in the league with the addition of Charlotte. The league format is based on the popular NBA basketball league with there being two conferences namely the Eastern and Western Conferences. The top seven teams from each conference go into a playoff competition where the top team from each conference plays against each other to determine the overall champion team of America. There are great betting markets available for this exciting football league with Bet365 offering some excellent odds.
MLS is been progressively growing since its inception and there seems to be no slowing down as there are already plans for an extra team in 2023. Football is commonly referred to as soccer in the United States but had to fight a long battle to gain popularity as the American public were obsessed with sports like basketball, baseball and American Football. The MLS has found its fan base as the matches are well attended and the influx of foreign stars certainly helped with the popularity. Football icons like David Beckham, Blaise Matuidi, David Villa, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Didier Drogba, Steven Gerrard, Franck Lampard, Kaka, Pirlo, Nani and Thierry Henry all have graced the MLS with their presence. They were in the twilight of their careers when they moved to the United States but their achievements in the football world helped bring the fans through the turnstiles. Former England and Manchester United star David Beckham is one of the owners of Inter Miami.
At SportyTrader there will be extensive coverage of the MLS and this will include our experts previewing the key matches all the way to the MLS Cup final.
Major League Soccer: The Conferences
|Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|Austin FC||Inter Miami|
|Nashville SC||Atlanta United|
|Colorado Rapids||Chicago Fire|
|FC Dallas||FC Cincinnati|
|Houston Dynamos||Columbus Crew|
|Los Angeles Galaxy||D.C. United|
|Los Angeles FC||Montreal Impact|
|Minnesota United FC||New England Revolution|
|Portland Timbers||New York City FC|
|Real Salt Lake||New York Red Bulls|
|San Jose Earthquakes||Orlando City|
|Seattle Sounders||Philadelphia Union|
|Sporting Kansas City||Toronto FC|
|Vancouver Whitecaps||Charlotte FC|
MLS: the stats to know
Statistics play an important part in how to predict the result of a match. Whether it's how many goals will be scored in a game, which players are in top form or who is winning the most away games, they are all important to know. Our experts burn the midnight oil checking all the statistics for the games they have to cover. Let's take a look at some of the top statistics from the 2021 MLS season.
- Average goals: 2.70 goals per match
- Matches with +1.5 goals: 77%
- Matches with +2.5 goals: 53%
- Matches with +3.5 goals: 30%
- Games with both teams scoring: 59%
- Home wins: 47%
- Draws: 27%
- Away wins: 26%
- Double chance 1N: 74%
- Double chance N2: 53%
- The defending champions are New York City FC franchise (first title in its history).
- The top scorer last season was Valentin Castellanos (NYCFC)
- The most successful team in MLS is the Los Angeles Galaxy franchise (5 titles)
- According to bookmakers, New England Revolution is the favorite franchise to title in 2022.
How to predict MLS Regular Season Results
Statistics and history are very important when making a prediction about a MLS match but that is not the only information that is required. There are a host of other factors that will need to be taken into consideration before making a decision. One of the most important factors is the form of key players or if there is an injury to a player, then that has to be taken into consideration. In the MLS there is heavy dependency on certain players in a team and let say that player is suspended for the upcoming match then his team will struggle without him. If a team has a defender that is the best in the league and he is unavailable for the match then there the chances of there being a clean sheet is drastically reduced.
One of the other important factors to take into consideration is what stage of the season is the match taking place. The top seven teams are involved in playoff matches at the end of the season and if a team is desperately trying to qualify then they would be a good bet as they have an added incentive to win. On the other hand the team that has already qualified and is waiting for the playoffs may decide to rest a few players to avoid them getting injured before the big matches. In the playoffs the matches are more likely to be tight affairs with goals at a premium so the under goals option will be a good bet. The MLS is one of the few major football leagues that has no relegation at the end of the season. This is also very important to note that the bottom teams don’t have much to play for at the end of the season so betting against then will be a good idea as they have no pressure on them to gain the three points.
There are of course other factors that will determine how much or how little profit you make with your winnings. Since there are literally hundreds of betting sites that cover the MLS you can look at opening accounts at a few of them. This is a great idea as they not only offer you excellent welcome bonuses but it gives you the option to scout around for the best odds. Let say BET365 offers you odds of 1.60 on the New York City winning but Vbet offers you 1.51 on the same team winning. At first glance there seems to be minimal difference between the bookies but this will have an impact on your winnings especially when you taking an accumulator bet. It is always good idea to compare bookies as the best odds should be the deciding factor on where you choose to gamble.
How to bet on the MLS standings
Betting on the outcomes of matches is not the only type of bets available to punters that fancy a wager on the MLS. You can place bets on which team will win be top of the conference at the start of the playoffs. There are also other bets available as to which teams will qualify for the playoffs. These type of bets require the punter to do lots or research and find out if the franchise has bought any new players during the close season or if they sold any key players. These bets offer great odds as they are harder to predict but the rewards are awesome.
Some of the other bets that will become available once the playoffs are near will be of course who will lift the overall title. It is always difficult to predict the results in the playoffs as any team can beat another on that day. A favoured team could receive a red card and that will change the complexion of the match. A classic example of how unpredictable the playoffs are is that New York City finished fourth in their conference but ended up winning the overall title. One very important factor to consider is squad depth of each team and if they can cover for a player that is injured.
American MLS 2021: our free betting tips
Last season saw New York City lift the title for the first time in their short history. Their success was all the more remarkable as they were only formed eight years ago. Much of the success can be attributed to Valentin Castellanos who was the league’s top scorer last season. This season the likes of New England Revolution, Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles FC will be staking their claim to lift the coveted MLS trophy. New England Revolution topped the conference last season by 19 points and they have been made heavy favorites on the BET365 site. Seattle Sounders are joint favorites with them with Los Angeles FC the third favorites. Defending champions New York City round off the top four favourite teams at BET365. Head on over to the BET365 site and get in your early season bets in.
Latest Betting Odds to win the MLS Cup
- New England Revolution, 7.0
- Seattle Sounders,7.0
- Los Angeles FC, 10.0
- New York City FC, 11.00
- Sporting Kansas City, 11.00
- Philadelphia Union, 13.00
- Colorado Rapids, 15.00
- Toronto FC, 15.00
- LA Galaxy, 17.00
- Nashville SC, 17.00
- Portland Timbers, 17.00
- New York Red Bulls, 21.00
- Atlanta United FC, 26.00
- Orlando City SC, 26.00
- Real Salt Lake, 26.00
- Columbus Crew, 34.00
- Minnesota United, 34.00
- DC United, 41.00
- Vancouver Whitecaps, 41.00
- Charlotte FC, 51.00
- Inter Miami CF, 51.00
- CF Montreal, 51.00
- FC Dallas, 67.00
- San Jose Earthquakes, 67.00
- FC Cincinnati, 81.00
- Chicago Fire, 101.00
- Austin FC, 101.00
- Houston Dynamo, 101.00
Our MLS Predictions of the moment
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