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San Jose Earthquakes VS Toronto FC is a game between a home side that promises to emerge winners with their strong defence and skilled forwards, and visitors who can dominate with super-fast attackers and excellent midfield play.
The stakes are high for this one, and bettors can predict who will win. However, this game will be one for the ages.
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San Jose Earthquakes played four games this season and each of them had a different ending. They won two matches and lost the other one too. This puts them at 6 points and places them in 7th position in the MLS Western Conference ranking.
Although no high scorers have emerged, the Earthquakes scored in 4 matches and allowed 6 goals against them. This gives them a -2 goal difference, but if they win today’s match, they may advance to second place, earning 9 points at the beginning of the season.
San Jose seems to have great luck, as they’ve won two of their games at home.
Possible Lineup: (4-3-3): JT Marcinkowski; Carlos Akapo, Rodrigues, Jonathan Mensah, Miguel Trauco; Carlos Gruezo, Cameron Cilley, Jackson Yueill, Cristian Espinoza, Jeremy Ebobisse, Cade Cowell.
Betting On Toronto FC
1XBet Spread: +1.5
1XBet Over/Under: Under 2.5
1XBet Moneyline: 4
On the other side of the field, we have Toronto FC the Eastern Conference team that is in 8th place in the table. They played four games so far, winning one, drawing two and losing one. This gives them 5 points. If Toronto wins, they can catch Cincinnati which is in 3rd place.
The team have been generous with goals, with 6 goals scored so far, giving them a ratio of 1.5 goals per game. But, they allowed 5 goals. Toronto must strengthen its defence too so that conversions become points at the end of today’s game with the Earthquakes.
They haven’t had much luck playing at home so far, recording one draw and one loss, losing 3 goals. However, their tie was against Atlanta United, one of MLS’ best teams.
Possible Lineup (4-4-2): Sean Johnson; Richie Laryea, Matt Hedges, Sigurd Rosted, Raoul Petretta; Michael Bradley, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Brandon Servania, Federico Bernardeschi; Jonathan Osorio, DeAndre Kerr.
Two teams from different conferences with similar playing styles will clash today.
While they’ve both failed to score significant goals this campaign, the Earthquakes clearly have a better goal ratio and won more.
Toronto FC did not convince in road matches, but they defeated Inter Miami, a team with almost the same numbers as San Jose.
Experts expect this match to be a close one, which will end in a draw.
The thrilling Real Salt Lake VS St Louis City FC happens today and tempers are roused. This preview will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each team, and examine their most recent performances while offering picks and predictions to aid bettors make insightful bets.
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Real Salt Lake had a rocky start to the season, but luckily other team fared far worse, so they are in 8th position in the Western Conference standings after recording one win and two losses.
They’ve played two games on the road and one home game, they won their first away game with a 1-2 score against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Then after playing home and away matches, they lost to two other stronger teams, the Seattle Sounders and Austin FC.
Salt Lake played little so far, statistics say they have a ratio of one goal scored per game and conceded two at home. Therefore, they must strengthen their defence to face the leaders.
Possible Lineup (3-5-2): Zac MacMath; Andrew Brody, Justen Glad, Marcelo Silva; Scott Caldwell, Bode Hidalgo, Jasper Löffelsend, Damir Kreilach, Diego Luna; Justin Meram, Jefferson Saravino.
Betting On St Louis City
1XBet Spread: +1.5
1XBet Over/Under: Under 2.5
1XBet Moneyline: 3.54
St Louis City had a great start to the 2023 season. They’ve played one more match than their opponents and did so with an impeccable roster. This performance got them a 100% winning percentage in their first four games and a total of 12 points.
For goals, Louis City hasn’t disappointed too, they scored 11 and conceded four. This doesn’t show that they have a fantastic attack, but defence as well. Matter of fact they have the same number of wins home and away; but there is a scoring difference, with a ratio of 3 goals at home and 2.5 away.
All the players in the club are essential, but João Klauss and Jared Stroud stood out, they scored the most with three and two goals respectively.
Possible Lineup (4-3-3): Roman Burki; Jacob Nerwinski, Timothy Parker, Kyle Hiebert, John Nelson; Miguel Perez, Indiana Vassilev, Eduard Lowen; Rasmus Alm, João Klauss, Jared Stroud.
The home team will have a challenging tussle against the visiting team.
They’ll be playing what can be called the most consistent and strongest side and may not have the power to defeat them, as they’ve won only against a lesser team, while St Louis SC destroyed all their opponents.
Coming back home after the terror they faced at the hands of Atlanta United provides some succour for the Portland Timbers. They started the season on a bad note, and if they don’t step up soon they’ll hit a dead end.
After winning Kansas City on matchday 1, the Timbers proceeded to lose three consecutive games finishing 10th in the Western Conference with just 3 points. But the biggest challenge they face is that they are the only team in MLS that has allowed more goals, with 10 goals in the past 3 games.
This record is something they’d want to improve on for today’s match vs LA Galaxy. It’s happening at their home field, where they lost their last 11 games and scored only 9 times in this span.
Possible Lineup (5-3-2): David Bingham; Juan Mosquera, Dario Zuparic, Larrys Mabiala, Zac McGraw, Claudio Bravo; Cristhian Paredes, Eryk Williamson, Diego Chará, Santiago Moreno, Nathan Fogaça.
Betting On LA Galaxy
1XBet Spread: +1.5
1XBet Over/Under: Under 2.5
1XBet Moneyline: 2.915
BetMGM Over/Under: Under 2.5
BetMGM Moneyline: 2.90
The Los Angeles Galaxy like their opponents is struggling this season. In the first 3 games they played this year, they failed to make three out of three.
When their matchday 1 game was suspended against LAFC because of weather conditions, Galaxy couldn’t find their game and now place 12th in the Western Conference with just two points.
Los Angeles’ core weakness is the lack of goals, they lost 3-1 to FC Dallas, drew 0-0 in a road game to Kansas City, and held a 1-1 draw at home by Vancouver.
Additionally, Chicharito Hernández will be absent from today’s game and hasn’t played this year because of an injury. Douglas Costa was sent off against the Whitecaps too.
But, Galaxy hopes today can get them off to a good start when they play on the road against the Timbers. They want to match the performance they had last year for their away matches. Los Angeles was the best club in MLS in this regard and lost just three of their last eight games.
Possible Lineup (4-1-4-1): Jonathan Bond; Kelvin Leerdam, Jalen Neal, Chris Mavinga, Raheem Edwards; Gaston Brugman; Marco Delgado, Riqui Puig, Efrain Alvarez, Tyler Boyd; Dejan Joveljic.
Although LA Galaxy’s offence seems to be absent this season, today’s game is their chance to bring some action against the Portland Timbers’ defence.
Portland will not allow 5 goals again at home, but their current defensive problems won’t be solved by magic, especially since they’re playing against a club as tough as the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Furthermore, consider that the Timbers have responded to attacks to an extent, scoring in all their matches, and in the head-to-head games between the two teams, both scored at least one goal in 14 matches of the last 20.
France and Netherlands will look to get their 2024 European Championship qualifiers with a bang when they meet at Stade de France on Friday.
Both sides are looking to dust themselves back up after a poor end to their World Cup when they face each other. France were among the favourites to lift the World Cup in Qatar but failed at the last hurdle to Argentina, losing on penalties after a 3-3 draw in extra time.
Their rebuild has started, with key players like Raphael Varane and Hugo Lloris hanging up their boots. There’s also a new captain in town, with Kylian Mbappe now given the national team armband following Lloris’ retirement.
Head coach Didier Deschamps has surged the shuffle in the FA, which has seen French football federation president Nöel le Graet resign. The World Cup winner will be desperate to begin this new era with a win here over fellow Group B favourite, the Netherlands.
History places Les Bleus as the favourites for a win here, as the hosts have five wins across the previous six H2Hs against the Netherlands (L1). However, the visitors could struggle to win here and stop France from extending their current nine-game unbeaten run on home soil in Euro qualifiers (W7, D2).
Like their hosts, the Oranje also saw their World Cup journey ended by Argentina in the quarter-finals. However, the Netherlands are also rebuilding, with new coach Ronald Koeman taking over the reins after Louis van Gaal resigned after the World Cup.
The former Barcelona boss has experience in this job, having been in charge of the Dutch national team before. But he will hope to hit the ground running and extend a decent run that has seen them go unbeaten in their last 20 competitive games (W14, D6-90 minutes only).
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The English Premier League leaders Arsenal will visit the District of Columbia as the honoured guests this summer to participate in the MLS All-Star Game presented by Target at Audi Field. It is right to reminisce a bit about the last time the London Giants played the league’s midsummer party.
The Gunners have done this before. Then they were led by Arsene Wenger to San Jose for the 2016 edition of the ASG, to christen the Earthquake’s long-awaited new home, PayPal Park (known as Avaya Stadium back then). And as is their tradition, they forfeited a goal to Didier Drogba on their way to a good 2-1 win in front of 18,000 fans.
Although 2016 has not been that long, things have changed. For starts, Arsenal will be meeting a different vintage of Major League Soccer than the one they met under the NorCal sunshine that July.
Back in 2016, MLS had only 20 teams. Ground was yet to be broken at what is now the 2023 ASG venue, Audi Field, with D.C. United was still housed at an ancient RFK Stadium for longer. The dominating Seattle Sounders had not won an MLS Cup yet, let alone the CONCACAF Champions League, with barely a single MLSer in the semifinals that year, much less a winner.
The reigning champions LAFC existed, but merely in manner of speaking. Chivas USA’s successor had their name and crest, but no coach, players or stadium yet. Minnesota United was completing their last season in the NASL, three years after the launching of the glittering Allianz Field. Atlanta United’s paradigm-shifting entry into MLS was still months away.
There are 12 stadiums total, 10 of them soccer-first and more so in the manner of training facilities, academies, staff and other infrastructure. Hosting the 2026 World Cup on North American soil was an idea, too, years from reality. All these, promise valuable levels of stability and sustainability, like what Arsenal gained in relocating from their old Highbury home to the Emirates Stadium 17 years ago.
The youth system takes shape
In 2016, the U22 Initiative to trigger the influx of young talent into MLS was not in existence, neither was the Leagues Cup, MLS NEXT, or MLS NEXT Pro. Some clubs and coaches needed to be convinced that the homegrown pathway project was worth investing their time into, or that importing youths with rich sell-on potential was a profitable bet.
Now, the league can play a Thiago Almada or Brenden Aaronson highlight reel to measure this change.
The MLS adjusted its regulation to prime the pump. Clubs now keep more of the returns they get from outbound sales, especially on local players and can use more of their transfer earnings as allocation money. Today, the U22 Push incentives for acquiring blue-chip youngsters to an extent where they added extra Designated Player slots to the rosters of those who invest here. It is not a coincidence that the average age for squads has been reduced over the past seven years.
Winter of 2015-2016, the number of MLS players sold for money to overseas clubs, was less than what it is now in 2021-22. The total income for those sales was far less too. A report by the Athletic over a year ago announced last winter’s sales as adding up to close to $65 million in total base fees. Now the search for the next top prospect is more eager than ever.
The Quakes’ homegrown teen Cade Cowell is the player that draws the most crowd to PayPal Park these days. Cowell was merely 13 years old over in Ceres, California, still, two years eligible from joining the academy – when Arsenal played in what is now its home stadium. Today he’s got UEFA Champions League clubs watching his career and a huge seven-digit number bandied about as a possible price tag.
Club America’s Alejandro Zendejas who is the USMNT’s latest dual-national recruit was the most noteworthy homegrown sale in the summer of ‘16 going from FC Dallas to Chivas Guadalajara for a reported fee of $500,000. Last year that same FCD set several records by selling Ricardo Pepi to Augsburg on a deal estimated to be around $20 million.
A world of possibility
Arsenal is versed in the player development department, having dabbled in the act once or twice themselves. Besides being owned by Stan Kroenke owner/investor of the Colorado Rapids since 2018, they presently have two Americans in their squad. Philadelphia Union alumni and ex-Rapid Austin Trusty is the other one, and the one now on loan at Birmingham City; goalkeeper Matt Turner, the Gunners’ most prominent North American representative is the other.
Turner stopped the US men’s national team’s run to the Round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup after his multi-million dollar transfer from the New England Revolution to North London early in the year. Seven years ago he was unselected in the 2016 Super Draft and was set to spend his first professional season down at Richmond Kickers. His inspiring story, just like others, portrays MLS as a place anyone can shine.
Turner did not play high-level competitive soccer until well into his teens – being able to go far and fast as he did in the following years or how someone like Cowell ended up in the sights of popular European clubs and the USMNT before he was old enough to rent a car, indicates an extraordinary speed of evolution.
This is why this summer’s big game symbolises a long-time reconnection with the Old Continent. The last two years brought new cross-border spectacles in partnership with Liga MX, and with the expanded Leagues Cup which will debut after the All-Star Game, the growing ties became more permanent. All-Star is often a good opportunity for players to become more acquainted on and off the pitch. Hopefully, Robbie Lyle, ‘Troopz’ and other Arsenal superfans will come by to enjoy some D.C. culture and find common ground.
The Gunners on their own part, rediscovered themselves after two decades of top-four finishes in the English Premier ended in 2017. Only three original members of the 2016 All-Stars starting XI are currently playing in the league; two of Arsenal’s are still Gunners today. Arsenal wandered through mid-table for a bit, parted ways with Wenger and his immediate successor Unai Emery, gave Mike Arteta some time to settle in and is now resurgent: eight points clear atop the Premier League table with 10 matches to go.
This North American summer tour can be both a preparation and a party. It just makes sense for MLS best to link up with the newly-crowned champions of England and how they and their large group of fans and media, how things have changed on this side of the world.
Bayern Munich will continue their quest for an eleventh consecutive Bundesliga title this Sunday with a visit to BayArena, where they face Bayer Leverkusen.
Fresh from booking their place in the quarter-finals round of the Europa League, the hosts will host Bayern looking to keep up the pace in their race for the top six. The hosts were not expected to compete for a place in the top six this season after they recorded their worst-ever start to a top-flight season.
But an uptick in form since Xabi Alonso’s appointment as manager and recent back-to-back league victories have reignited their chase for the top-six, although they’re still six points adrift ahead of this round.
Their 2-0 win over Ferencváros on Thursday was Leverkusen’s fifth win in their last six competitive games (D1), so they will be confident of getting a good result in this game. But maturity will be necessary here if Alonso’s side are to break a six-game winless H2H streak in the Bundesliga (D1, L5), which included a 4-0 thrashing in this season’s reverse fixture.
That win in the reverse fixture forms part of Bayern’s historical dominance of this fixture, in which they boast a daunting overall H2H advantage (W59, D18, L19).
However, the Bundesliga champions are under pressure here, with Borussia Dortmund trailing by two points heading into the weekend.
Julian Nagelsmann’s men will be desperate to enter the international break with their slender lead firmly secure. They held their nerve last time out to win, with a rollercoaster 5-3 victory over Augsburg, their fourth win in a row.
Having scored their 71st league goal in that Augsburg win, Bayern will be confident of getting a win here. The Bavarians are often similarly ruthless on their travels, with the division’s best away side having lost just once on the road in all competitions since September (W10, D2).
Therefore, all signs appear to point to that run continuing here.
Paris Saint-Germain will look to continue their grip on Ligue 1 top spot when they welcome Rennes to Parc des Princes this Sunday.
The hosts secured their 21st Ligue 1 win of the season and a fourth consecutive league win last time out with a 2-1 over struggling Brest. Despite controlling much of the game, they needed a late Kylian Mbappe goal to establish the win and send themselves ten points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 standings ahead of the round.
Although it was disappointing, coach Christophe Galtier said he was “satisfied” on Saturday, as PSG scored their 3000th goal in Ligue 1. They hope to continue their winning run before the international break.
The Parisians will also fancy their chances at home, given their form at home. The hosts have turned the Parc des Princes into a fortress, as they rank as one of only five clubs in the top five European leagues still unbeaten on home soil in league action (W11, D2) in 2022/23.
Rennes travel to the capital after winning just two of their previous six league outings (D1, L3), capped off by a goalless draw at relegation-battling Auxerre in their last outing.
That result highlighted the recent offensive deficiencies of coach Bruno Génésio’s men, as they’ve now failed to score in their previous two league outings. That is as many scoring blanks as they suffered in their 40 games prior.
So, the visitors are looking anxiously over their shoulders as they battle to hold onto a European place. A game against the champions is unlikely to aid them in that pursuit, yet they’ve actually been one of the most successful sides in recent seasons when taking on PSG by winning four of the last nine H2Hs.
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Arsenal will continue their quest for their first Premier League title in almost 20 years when they welcome Crystal Palace to Emirates this Sunday.
The hosts kept their place at the top of the table with an impressive 3-0 win over Fulham in their last PL outing. The win made it five consecutive league wins for the Gunners, with 3+ goals scored in four games.
However, Mikel Arteta’s side suffered a shocking loss to Sporting Lisbon on Thursday in the Europa League. After a 1-1 draw in regular and extra time, the Portuguese side beat Arteta’s side on penalties to confirm their exit in the only other Cup competition they are still playing this season.
And so, Arsenal will focus entirely on the Premier League title now. They currently sit five points ahead of their closest challengers Manchester City. And with Pep Guardiola’s side not in league action this weekend, they will now be looking to further open the gap by notching up a sixth successive top-flight win in a single season.
Managerless Palace travel to the Emirates looking to become the second Premier League team to win against the Gunners at home, where Arteta’s side have suffered just one defeat in their last 16 home league outings (W13, D2).
The Eagles sacked their manager Patrick Vieira after a sorry run of form that saw them go winless in eleven competitive games (D5, L6), the longest winless run of any club in the top flight this season.
That run of form has pushed Palace down the table and into the relegation battle. They entered this round of games sitting just three points ahead of the bottom three.
With the bottom clubs picking up points more regularly, the visitors know that unless they improve, they will find themselves fully in the bottom three soon. They will be desperate to avoid getting sucked in completely before the international break.
Fresh from qualifying for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals, Real Madrid will turn their attention to La Liga, where they face Barcelona in the 253rd of the El Clasico.
Unlike the visitors, Barcelona didn’t participate in any games in midweek, so they will come into this game fresher. Their last outing was a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao away from home, taking their points tally for the season to 65 points.
That is nine more than their closest rivals Real Madrid, who come into this tie desperate for a win to ensure the Catalan side do not go into the international break with a near-impregnable 12-point lead with 12 La Liga matches left.
But given their form at home in La Liga, Barca will win this game. Barca are unbeaten in 12 home league games (W10, D2) this campaign, which is their best-undefeated start at home at this stage since 2019/20.
Real Madrid might be unbeaten in their last five league games (W3, D2), but two draws in their last three have put them in a difficult position ahead of the last dozen league games.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are now playing catch-up in the race for the title and will be desperate to win in Camp Nou and avenge their last two defeats to Barca in the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup.
The good thing, though, is that Los Blancos have won their last two away H2Hs and could make it the second time in history that they’ve won three straight such trips.
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FC Dallas VS Sporting Kansas City is another thrilling game happening on MLS matchday 4; it features two teams who are desperate to secure three points.
Dallas enters this match in 6th position in the Western Conference with 4 points after 3 games. Kansas is in 10th position in the same division, with just two points.
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FC Dallas secured a priceless point during their visit to face the Whitecaps in Vancouver, thanks to the goal by Nigeria’s Sebastien Ibeagha, one of the team’s major powerhouses the current season.
Ibeagha joined Dallas after playing for LAFC, the team won the league and cup last campaign. He is now just 3 games away from completing 100 games in his MLS career.
In the two home games they’ve played, FC Dallas scored one win and one loss, with 3 goals scored and two given up.
Possible Lineup: (4-3-3) Maarten Paes; Emmanuel Twumasi, Sebastien Ibeagha, Jose Antonio Martinez, Marco Farfan; Sebastian Lletget, Facundo Quignon, Paxton Pomykal; Paul Arrirola, Jesus Ferreira, Alan Velasco.
Betting On Sporting Kansas City
1XBet Spread: +1.5
1XBet Over/Under: Under 2.5
1XBet Moneyline: 3.5
Sporting Kansas City will be playing today’s game after two successive scoreless draws against LA Galaxy and Colorado Rapids, which indicates that the defense works perfectly, but their offensive power is lacking.
To worsen the situation, some Kansas City players are wounded and exhausted. Tim Melia, Logan Ndenbe, Kortne Ford, Johnny Russel, Gadi Kinda, and Alan Pulido are the players having physical challenges. In two road games, Sporting had one draw and one loss, no goals scored and one conceded.
Possible Lineup (4-4-2): John Pulskamp, Ben Sweat, Andreu Fontas, Robert Voloder, Graham Zusi; Daniel Salloi, Remi Walter, Roger Espinoza, Marinos Tzinos; Erik Thommy, William Agada.
October 9 of the previous season was the last time these clubs met; during that match, FC Dallas won by a score of 2-1, with Sebastian Lletget, and Paul Arriola scoring goals for them, Graham Zusi scored a goal for Sporting Kansas City.
Due to Kansas City’s offensive problems and likely player absences in this game, some experts are gravitating towards a win-by-minimum difference for FC Dallas.
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