While some leagues are currently preparing to begin their new campaigns, the MLS season is going through a period of catch-up after the delay brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. All things considered, it took four months for matches to tentatively get back underway but with clubs having now played either seven or eight matches, the schedule is about to go up several levels in intensity with the games due to come thick and fast over the next few weeks.
When taking a look at betting sites, your focus may be on locating bets which relate to Inter Miami, who are continuing to adapt to life in the division. Already early days in their existence, there will be considerable disappointment with only recording one win from seven fixtures, the other games ending in defeat. However, it is worth noting that each of those setbacks came by a one-goal margin, and that should influence your selections ahead of their next meeting with Atlanta United. Most bookmakers are being generous in offering at least Evens for Atlanta, who have nine points from their opening seven games in the Eastern Conference, but we feel that more interest should be taken on both teams to score, currently priced at 4/7. You can also get in and around 3/1 for Atlanta to prevail by the narrowest of margins, a bet which feels like a no-brainer given Inter Miami's recent track record.
Also on Thursday evening, the second and third-placed clubs do battle with Columbus Crew hosting Philadelphia Union. While just two points separate the clubs at a time when they have netted the same amount of goals, attention must be paid to Columbus having conceded on just two occasions in eight games. Although a further goal was conceded in a cup clash with Minnesota United, we are prepared to back Columbus keeping a clean sheet over Philadelphia building on their recent 4-1 success over DC United. Columbus are available at around 3/1 to win to nil, and there is scope for a bet on the 6/5 for just one team to score.
Switching our attention to the Western Conference, and there should be plenty of interest in the 4/1 on offer for Dallas to overcome leaders Sporting Kansas City. Not only have the frontrunners won just one of their most recent five matches in all competitions, their next opponents are on a three-match unbeaten streak. Dallas only find themselves down in sixth place due to having games in hand on many of their rivals, and conceding just four goals in six contests suggests that they are in good shape to make progress up the standings. Even if the 4/1 for an away win is not enough to tempt you, we see little reason why you should not be taking the 5/2 for a draw no bet.