MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI DC United vs New York Red Bulls
Friday, March 20th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: DC United looks to join Dallas FC as the only two teams to come out of the gate with two wins on the young season, when they head to Red Bull Arena. The game will be playedon Sundayon ESPN2.
United opened the season at home in week one, taking a 1 - 0 result from Montreal on the strength of a Jairo Arrieta goal just before the hour mark. Statistically, the game could not have been more even, with a 53/47 possession battle and both teams putting up over a dozen shots towards the goal. United used their 4 - 4 - 2 setup to slow down the Impact and kept them off the score board, as Montreal deployed their 4-2-3-1, withJack McInerney alone up front, working with Mapp, Piatti and Duka in the middle of the field.
New York has only played one game in the early going, and joined United as two of the four teams who had a bye in week two. They opened the season at Sporting Park in Kansas City, and came away with a 1 - 1 result. After a scoreless first half, Kansas City came out of the second half gate firing on all cylinders, and Ike Opara found the net just five minutes into the frame.New York managed to equalize four minutes later when Lloyd Sam finished a feed from Felipe, and that was all she wrote.
Let us not forget these two played last post-season, in an epic battle in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, with the top seeded United taking on the 4-seed Red Bulls. Who would have known that much impact would be made when the Red Bulls stole the 4th position on the last day of the season from Kansas City? The Red Bulls eventually moved on 3 - 2 on aggregate, seeing DC United waste home field advantage that they would have had right to the finals.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
The series is tied in the last 10 meetings, each winning 4 games, with 2 draws in the mix. The home team has taken 6 straight however.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
DC +0.5 -115
NY -0.5 -105
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction Quick Analysis:
Ahh, the good ol 'revenge' word makes this all so much more interesting, doesn't it?
DC United didn’t even advance past their first round of the playoffs, after they worked all year to earn home field, only to see it ripped away by a 4 seed they would not have even faced if Kansas City had held on late in the year.
There is no crying in soccer, so the United needs to get back to the top, take the Eastern Conference again, and hope history does not repeat itself. Luckily, they will not be facing the same Red Bull squad from last year, as we know Thierry Henry has since retired and Tim Cahill has also departed for Chinese Super League. Bradley Wright-Phillips did not go anywhere, however, but he will need to step up his game to an entirely different level now that the team does not have two of their leaders from last year, who made him look good in leading the MLS in scoring.
New York simply does not have the experience they once had, and losing both Cahill and Henry is certainly going to take its toll. Lloyd Sam does provide some ability, and he did bail the team out on opening day, finding the net in the 1 - 1 draw.
Remember, DC United was the best team in the league last year on defense, surrendering only 37 goals with Bill Hamid in net as a constant, and they did hold Montreal to a clean sheet on opening day at home.
This is hopefully a spot where revenge is sweet, but we are not going to go too crazy here. There is some value in the Pk Draw no Bet option here with DC, as we are seeing close to +200 as an offer. So it is a matter of settling for the +0.5 handicap on United at -115, or option A and the Pk.
How can we leave +200 sitting there all unattended and alone? That is value beyond value, so the Pk Draw no Bet option on DC is too good to let pass by here, hopefully seeing them exact the revenge for the playoff disappointment.