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Sunday's Major League Soccer predictions including New England vs. Cincinnati

Sports Mole provides score predictions and previews for all of today's Major League Soccer fixtures, including New England vs. Cincinnati.


NY City vs. Atlanta (Sunday, 10.00pm)

New York City FC midfielder Gabriel Pereira (38) celebrates his goal against the San Jose Earthquakes with teammates during the second half at Yankee Stadium on May 1, 2022© Reuters

After a furious finish on the road in Cincinnati on Wednesday, New York City FC return home to Yankee Stadium, looking to reclaim first place in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer when they host Atlanta United on Sunday.

The reigning MLS Cup champions are winless in four consecutive matches in all competitions, while the Five Stripes have not claimed victory in seven straight road fixtures, dropping a 2-1 decision to the New York Red Bulls earlier this week.

We say: New York City FC 2-1 Atlanta United


As hard as Atlanta have fought to stay competitive, it seems as though the amount of injuries have taken a toll on them, and their body language shows a team that look demoralised, which rarely equates to positive results.

When the defending champions are given even a slight opening, they will make you pay, and the Pigeons should be able to find a breakthrough eventually this weekend.

Our tipster partners are predicting over 1.5 goals.

> Click here to read our full preview for this match


NY City vs. Atlanta (Sunday, 10.00pm)

New York City FC midfielder Gabriel Pereira (38) celebrates his goal against the San Jose Earthquakes with teammates during the second half at Yankee Stadium on May 1, 2022© Reuters

After a furious finish on the road in Cincinnati on Wednesday, New York City FC return home to Yankee Stadium, looking to reclaim first place in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer when they host Atlanta United on Sunday.

The reigning MLS Cup champions are winless in four consecutive matches in all competitions, while the Five Stripes have not claimed victory in seven straight road fixtures, dropping a 2-1 decision to the New York Red Bulls earlier this week.

We say: New York City FC 2-1 Atlanta United


As hard as Atlanta have fought to stay competitive, it seems as though the amount of injuries have taken a toll on them, and their body language shows a team that look demoralised, which rarely equates to positive results.

When the defending champions are given even a slight opening, they will make you pay, and the Pigeons should be able to find a breakthrough eventually this weekend.

Our tipster partners are predicting over 1.5 goals.

> Click here to read our full preview for this match


Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia (Monday, 12.30am)

Columbus Crew head coach Caleb Porter coaches against the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Red Bull Arena on March 20, 2022© Reuters

Philadelphia Union square off against Columbus Crew on Sunday evening looking for the victory which may take them clear at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

However, the home side sit just eight points adrift of their high-flying opponents with a game in hand, leaving their upcoming fixture as an opportunity to catapult themselves back into the mix.

We say: Columbus Crew 1-2 Philadelphia Union


Given the recent form of Columbus, there is an argument that this game should be regarded as a straight 50-50. However, we cannot ignore that Philadelphia have lost just twice in the MLS this season, leaving us to predict a narrow win for the visitors.

Our tipster partners are predicting over 1.5 goals.

> Click here to read our full preview for this match


New England vs. Cincinnati (Monday, 12.30am)

New England Revolution head coach Bruce Arena reacts during the first half against Minnesota United FC at Gillette Stadium on June 19, 2022© Reuters

Last season's Supporters' Shield winners have a chance to match their longest unbeaten run from a year ago, as the New England Revolution welcome FC Cincinnati to Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

New England are currently holding onto the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer and have not lost a domestic affair since April, while the Orange and Blue are narrowly above them in the table, even on points (24), but with one more win in this campaign.

We say: New England Revolution 3-2 FC Cincinnati


We saw this week how far Cincinnati have come under their new coach, and, at the same time, how far they still have to go to be an elite team in this league, as they still lack structure on the back end, allowing the most goals in the Eastern Conference (30) this season.

By no means are the Revs the most rugged defensive unit out there, but we expect their attacking depth collectively will be just a cut above Cincinnati.

Our tipster partners are predicting over 1.5 goals.

> Click here to read our full preview for this match


Minnesota Utd vs. Salt Lake (Monday, 1.00am)

Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath looks on during the first half against the San Jose Earthquakes at Allianz Field on March 19, 2022© Reuters

Real Salt Lake will be looking to avoid a second consecutive MLS defeat for the first time since November when they visit the Allianz Field to face Minnesota United on Sunday.

The Loons, on the other hand, head into the weekend aiming to get one over the visitors, having failed to win any of the last four meetings between the sides since September 2020.

We say: Minnesota United 2-2 Real Salt Lake


Sunday's game sees two evenly-matched sides go head to head. While the Loons will be looking to end their struggles on home turf, Real Salt Lake have managed just one win in seven away games. We predict the spoils will be shared in this one with outs sides settling for a point apiece.

Our tipster partners are predicting under 3.5 goals.

> Click here to read our full preview for this match


Kansas vs. NY Red Bulls (Monday, 1.00am)

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi (8) celebrates with teammates after a goal during the second half against Nashville SC at Geodis Park on June 19, 2022© Reuters

The New York Red Bulls will have their eye on the top spot in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer when they travel to Children's Mercy Park to battle Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

KC are second from the bottom in the Western Conference with 16 points, while New York are in a three-way tie for first in the East after a dramatic come-from-behind 2-1 win against Atlanta United on Thursday.

We say: Sporting Kansas City 0-1 New York Red Bulls


Even though the gap between these sides is currently 13 points, we believe this will be a close encounter between a New York squad who are struggling to find that quality away from home and a KC team that cannot seem to catch a break domestically.

Psychologically New York have a decided edge, and we expect their depth will eventually be able to end their road drought against a side that provide you with plenty of scoring opportunities.

Our tipster partners are predicting under 3.5 goals.

> Click here to read our full preview for this match


Houston vs. Charlotte FC (Monday, 1.30am)

Houston Dynamo FC head coach Paulo Nagamura reacts during the second half against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC at PNC Stadium on March 12, 2022© Reuters

Two sides fighting to break into the playoff places in their respective Major League Soccer conferences will do battle on Monday, as Houston Dynamo entertain Charlotte FC.

The hosts find themselves ninth in the Western Conference, two points outside of the top seven, while their visitors have a four-point gap to bridge to the playoffs in their division.

We say: Houston Dynamo 1-1 Charlotte FC


Given the unpredictable form of the two sides, Monday's game is difficult to predict, but we see the most likely outcome as a share of the spoils.

Both are struggling to put victories on the board and we see them cancelling out each other's efforts.

> Click here to read our full preview for this match


Nashville vs. Portland (Monday, 1.30am)

Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith reacts during the match against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on March 12, 2022© Reuters

Nashville SC aim to start a new streak at GEODIS Park on Sunday as they move into the second half of their Major League Soccer campaign this weekend by welcoming the Portland Timbers to the Music City.

The Boys in Gold had a 25-match unbeaten run at home across all competitions snapped a couple of weeks ago, losing 2-1 to Sporting Kansas City, while the reigning MLS Cup runners-up have won two in a row, after edging the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Wednesday.

We say: Nashville SC 1-1 Portland Timbers


These are two highly experienced teams, capable of playing with a solid and compact shape, while they have both improved defensively, making for what we anticipate will be a tough match for either side to find enough space in the attacking third.

Our tipster partners are predicting under 3.5 goals.

> Click here to read our full preview for this match


Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire (Monday, 2.00am)

Chicago Fire head coach Ezra Hendrickson during the second half at Soldier Field on April 2, 2022© Reuters

Two sides experiencing tough runs of form in Major League Soccer will do battle on Monday, as San Jose Earthquakes host Chicago Fire.

The hosts currently find themselves at the foot of the Western Conference, while their visitors are seven points outside of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

We say: San Jose Earthquakes 1-2 Chicago Fire


Having managed to put a crucial win on the board last time out, Chicago Fire will be keen to build a positive run, and they have a good opportunity to do so against the Western Conference's basement side.

The two teams each have the ability to cause the other problems, and we just lean towards a second consecutive win for Hendrickson's side on Monday.

Our tipster partners are predicting over 1.5 goals.

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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia26139445202548
2CF MontrealMontreal2513484341243
3New York City FCNY City25126746301642
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2611784032840
5Columbus Crew2481063227534
6New England RevolutionNew England2581073836234
7FC CincinnatiCincinnati258984245-333
8Orlando City2596102836-833
9Inter MiamiInter Miami2596103241-933
10Charlotte FCCharlotte FC26102143340-732
11Toronto2686123945-630
12Chicago Fire2586112834-630
13Atlanta UnitedAtlanta2578103438-429
14DC United2564152849-2122

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia26139445202548
2CF MontrealMontreal2513484341243
3New York City FCNY City25126746301642
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2611784032840
5Columbus Crew2481063227534
6New England RevolutionNew England2581073836234
7FC CincinnatiCincinnati258984245-333
8Orlando City2596102836-833
9Inter MiamiInter Miami2596103241-933
10Charlotte FCCharlotte FC26102143340-732
11Toronto2686123945-630
12Chicago Fire2586112834-630
13Atlanta UnitedAtlanta2578103438-429
14DC United2564152849-2122

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