Pro Soccer USA’s new weekly “Best Bets” column highlights top betting options among Major League Soccer matches. The odds are taken from MGM’s sportsbook, the official gambling partner of MLS.
If you’re not familiar with sports gambling, the numbers may seem confusing at first. Here are some basics:
- Odds are expressed around the number 100.
- + sign before the number means you would gain that much money if you bet $100.
- – sign before the number means it takes a bet of that much money to gain $100 in return.
- For example, odds of -120 mean you have to bet $120 to win $100. Odds of +120 mean if you bet $100, you win $120.
Soccer is trickier to bet than most sports because not every game has a winner and a loser. You can also bet on a draw. There is also the traditional over/under bet, which is where you try to predict how many total goals will be scored in a game. For example, if the over/under is 2.5, an “over” bet would win if 3 or more goals are scored and an “under” bet would win if 2 goals or fewer are scored.
At the end of each column, we’ll have our “best bet of the week” and keep track of how our picks perform throughout the season.
Note: Betting lines constantly change. These numbers are as of 5 p.m. ET Feb. 28. For the latest odds on all MLS matches, visit BetMGM.
Now, onto the best bets!
Seattle Sounders vs. Chicago Fire
The bet: Sounders +100
The reigning MLS Cup champion opens the season against a new Chicago Fire. While the Fire should be improved from last year, they aren’t yet good enough to get a result in Seattle, especially this early in the season. Put the money on the Sounders, who are an even money +100 bet to win at home.
Columbus Crew SC vs. New York City FC
The bet: Draw +250
A team that missed the playoffs in 2019 versus a team that finished No. 1 in the conference may seem like a mismatch, but no MLS squad improved more this offseason than Columbus. However, those improvements still leave the Crew a notch below NYCFC, which already played two meaningful games in the Concacaf Champions League. The con to that is the Bronx team played Wednesday and will now have to play again Sunday. Add all this together and what does it mean? A tie, at +250.
Nashville FC vs. Atlanta United
The bet: Over -154
Expansion teams can be tricky to pick early on, with a wide gap in recent history between teams such as FC Cincinnati and LAFC. Where will Nashville land? Hard to say, but the fanbase will be revved up for this one. The over/under is 2.5, and with the attacking power of Atlanta’s Josef Martinez and the energy of the Nashville crowd, take the over at -154.
Montreal Impact vs. New England Revolution
The bet: Revs +250
Road wins are no easy task, even against a team expected to take a step back in 2020. Just ask Costa Rica’s Saprissa, which found itself unable to get a Concacaf Champions League result in Montreal earlier this week. Impact coach Thierry Henry should be lauded for advancing his team in the CCL, but now he has to face another MLS legend in Revs coach Bruce Arena. The Revolution are looking for a trophy this year, and we’re willing to bet +250 they’ll get it started with a road victory across the border.
LAFC vs. Inter Miami FC
Best bet of the week: LAFC -250
Sulking from an early postseason exit and a disappointing Leg 1 Champions League performance, LAFC completed a historic comeback in Leg 2. That energy should carry into the weekend for a thrashing of the new kids on the block. David Beckham took a long and winding road to get Inter Miami FC into MLS, and will want his team to have a great debut, but LAFC is just too much. They set the regular season record last year for points in a season, and we bet they’ll start with three this year. Lock this one in: LAFC wins, -250.
Profits if every bet is correct: $705
Year-to-date record: 0-0
Year-to-date profits: $0