MLS Playoffs Soccer Betting: DC United vs New England
Tuesday, October 27th, 2015By Ej Garr
Soccer Odds: Two of the original 10 franchises that helped begin MLS in 1996, meet in the playoffs for the right to play the NY Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals. With one match that will decide the fate of both teams in the knockout round, DC United will play host to the New England Revolution at RFK Stadiumon Wednesday.
United ended the season on a miserable note, losing 5 - 0 to Columbus on the regular season's final day, while also losing to the Crew just a few weekends before. As a result, Columbus stole the second seed in the East, and will now have the luxury of both a bye and home field advantage in the semifinals.
The two teams have combined to make 25 playoff appearances in the 20-year history of MLS, with the Revolution making their 13th post-season appearance to United's 12.
The Revolution may have the edge in playoff appearances, but DC United certainly holds the edge in success of the two clubs in the post-season. United took three of the first four MLS Cup titles, and made the finals in each of those seasons. The first three seasons were spent under the guidance of Bruce Arena, who is now, of course, the head man in Los Angeles trying to repeat last year's Galaxy championship.
The capital club earned their fourth and most recent title in the 2004 season, but this year will only be their third post-season appearance in the last eight years, while making it to the 'second season' in three of the last four.
DC United came in first place in the East last season and had secured home field advantage with a bye in the first round. However, the New York Red Bulls had other ideas, and knocked out United in the Conference semifinals on a 3 - 2 aggregate.
In Head Coach Ben Olsen's fifth season with United, the only hardware he has earned with the team came from a win in the 2013 U.S Open Cup. The New England Revolution advanced to the MLS Cup a season ago using an impressive late season run to secure the second seed in the East.
Taking a result in 11 of their last 12 regular season outings, the Revs pounded Columbus by a 7 - 4 aggregate in the Eastern semi's, and advanced past the Red Bulls in the Conference Finals, scoring four more goals in a 4 - 3 two-legged win.
The Revs were, of course, unsuccessful against the Galaxy in the finals having to play the final game at StubHub Center. This is the fourth consecutive season that Jay Heaps has led the Revs to the post-season, as he attempts to bring the team to their first MLS title. New England has made five appearances in the MLS Cup Finals, but has yet to earn the hardware.
The two teams have met in the 1997, 2004, 2006 post-seasons, and United has gone on to advance in the '97 and '04 affairs, while New England was en route to their second of three straight finals appearances in the 2006 season.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
DC United leads the recent series with 5 Wins, 3 Losses, and 2 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
In this season's two head-to-head games, the two played to a 1 - 1 draw in New England, and DC United took the RFK affair at home with a 2 - 1 win.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
DC Pk -115
NE Pk -105
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
DC United extended their home streak without a loss to 20 games before Seabastian Giovinco got in the way on June 6.
Since the loss, United has gone 5 - 2 in MLS action and 2 - 0 in their Champions League affairs to take wins in seven of their last nine at RFK Stadium. We would imagine that most outlets will be predicting a New England win this weekend and that is likely stemming from the 5 - 0 loss to Columbus that is fresh on everyone's mind since it came this past Sunday on national TV.
One outing a team not make, and United is certainly not going to lay down against one of their oldest rivals at home for the right to play the Red Bulls, who are also a charter member of this league.
We predict a 2 - 1 affair and will avoid the controversy around who will be advancing to the semifinals against the Red Bulls.
The 2 - 1 will likely help us cash an Over 2.5 ticket at -105 instead of choosing a winner, because let's at least be a little honest. DC United hasn't gotten a big win since their August 8 outing against Montreal, despite how well they have played at home in general.
New England can certainly win, and we still can recall the seven goal barrage against Columbus to open last year's playoff run to the finals.
Just give us the three goals, let the fans celebrate with whomever they support, and take the Over 2.5 at -105.