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MLS Week 31 Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Week 31 Preview, Picks and Predictions

Philadelphia Union came up with shocking 1-0 victory in huge match in the Eastern Conference playoff chase vs Sporting Kansas City. We predicted totally opposite, but as expected Toronto FC crushed D.C. United 4-1, which put us in 2-2 record in the 31st week of my MLS Predictions.

Except Chivas USA, all host teams should have good rest of the weekend.

The Sounders and Earthquakes are my heavy favorites to win their matches, but I also picked the WhiteCaps, Revolution, Fire and FC Dallas to win their games. I expect most of the matches to be high scoring, means over 2.5 goals.

Current week 31st week record 711

Last 30th week of 2013 MLS season finished with 55 record.

2013 MLS season record 161156 (accuracy 50.79% ).

Picks and predictions are usually published here at least 1-2 hours before the game time.

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Sunday, September 29

Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy 1-0

Diego Valeri has netted the last three goals the Portland Timbers have scored, over the last three games, after hitting for the only goal in the victory against the Colorado Rapids on Friday evening.
The LA Galaxy saw their league winless streak extended to three games – matching the longest of the MLS season for the defending champions – following their 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday evening at StubHub Center.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Andrew Jean-Baptiste scored deep into second-half stoppage time to give the Timbers a 2-1 victory July 13 at Jeld-Wen Field. The teams reached a scoreless draw June 19 at StubHub Center.
The win in the last meeting was just the second for Portland in seven meetings all-time between the teams. The Galaxy are 3-0-1 all-time in the series in Carson, having outscored the Timbers 7-1.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: DRAW
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

FC Dallas vs. Columbus Crew 2-4

Dominic Oduro scored his 11th goal of the season – his second in as many games – and Federico Higuaín added his 10th, as the Crew defeated the Chicago Fire 3-0 on Saturday. The Crew are the only team in MLS this season with two players with 10 or more goals.
FC Dallas have lost back-to-back games for just the second time this season, following their 1-0 defeat at New York on Sunday afternoon. FCD has won twice in its last 16 league games, since the start of June.
FC Dallas last won at Crew Stadium in 2007. The Crew have won four of the five league meetings since at home with FCD, with one draw, including a 2-1 win on May 12 of last season in the only meeting between the teams.
The Crew haven’t won in Frisco on their last three visits, since 2008. FCD has won twice, with one draw.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 FC Dallas to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Seattle Sounders FC vs. New York Red Bulls 1-1

It’s the second time in three years the conference leaders have met this late in the season. The LA Galaxy defeated the Columbus Crew 1-0 at Crew Stadium on Sept. 24, 2011 in a top-of-the-table clash.
Sounders FC saw their winning run put to an end, but still extended their undefeated streak to six games in the 1-1 draw at the LA Galaxy on Saturday evening, keeping them atop the Western Conference and MLS overall table.
Eddie Johnson scored his first goal in four games, netting the Seattle goal vs. LA. Each of his last three goals have come on headers set up by a deadball service from Mauro Rosales, last netting the only goal in wins vs. Portland and Columbus on Aug. 25 and 31.
The Red Bulls won their fourth consecutive match – matching their four-game run from earlier this year, from April 20-May 8 – in their 1-0 home win vs. FC Dallas on Sunday. The club record winning streak is five games, set four times previously, including last season.
The teams have split their meetings over the last three seasons. Both teams won on the road in 2010, then held serve with home victories the next year. Last season, the clubs played to a 2-2 draw July 15 at Red Bull Arena.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Sounders to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Chivas USA vs. San Jose Earthquakes 0-1

Steven Lenhart scored the fifth multiple-goal game of his MLS career, netting both tallies in San Jose’s 2-1 win at Real Salt Lake on Saturday evening.
Chivas USA suffered their heaviest defeat of the season in the 5-1 loss at the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. It was a little more than a year after the biggest loss in club history, a 6-2 loss at Seattle last Aug. 25.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Chris Wondolowski netted twice in a 2-0 San Jose victory on Aug. 3 at Buck Shaw Stadium; a late Cordell Cato goal pulled the Earthquakes back into a 2-2 draw, April 27 in Carson.
The Quakes have won the last four meetings between the teams, including winning the final two meetings between the teams last season, winning 4-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium (Sept. 2) and 2-0 in Carson (Sept. 15).
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Earthquakes to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Saturday, September 28

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United 4-1

The teams are meeting for the third time this season. A goal from Robert Earnshaw and an own goal led Toronto FC to a 2-1 victory June 15 at RFK Stadium, TFC’s first vs. D.C. United since Oct. 23, 2010. The teams played to a 1-1 draw in Washington on Aug. 24.

United have won on their last four visits to BMO Field. In eight games all-time in Toronto, D.C. has won six.
Toronto FC have gone eight games since their last league win, following their 2-1 home loss to Sporting KC on Saturday.
United have gone seven games since their last league win, after their 2-1 loss at the New England Revolution on Saturday.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Toronto FC to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Real Salt Lake 0-1

Camilo Sanvezzo returned to his goal-scoring form, scoring a pair of goals vs. Montréal on Saturday in Whitecaps FC’s 3-0 road win, his first goals since Aug. 10. Sanvezzo is now tied for second in the MLS Golden Boot standings with 16 goals, with 14 goals over his last 18 MLS games; it was his fourth two-goal game of the season, now tied for the league lead in multi-goal games.
Javier Morales scored his eighth goal of the season as Real lost for a second consecutive match, a 2-1 home loss to San Jose on Saturday evening. Morales has three goals and three assists over the last six matches.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Luis Gil and Javier Morales scored second-half goals to lead Real to a 2-0 win May 4 at Rio Tinto Stadium. The teams first reached a 1-1 draw April 13 at BC Place, as Vancouver’s Camilo Sanvezzo and RSL’s Olmes García each scored.
Whitecaps FC are unbeaten at home vs. RSL, with wins in their first two meetings at BC Place before the draw earlier this season. Real are unbeaten vs. Vancouver at Rio Tinto Stadium, with three wins in four all-time meetings there.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 WhiteCaps to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

New England Revolution vs. Houston Dynamo 1-1

The Dynamo tied their club record with five goals in their 5-1 victory Saturday vs. Chivas USA at BBVA Compass Stadium. They had previous scored five goals in the first game in club history, a 5-2 win vs. Colorado on April 2, 2006.
Diego Fagundez netted his fourth goal in the last five games to lead the Revolution to a 2-1 come-from-behind home win vs. D.C. United on Saturday. Fagundez is the first teenager in MLS history to score 10 or more goals in a single season; he now 11 on the campaign.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Adam Moffat scored a pair of goals – both on long-range bombs – to lead Houston to a 2-1 victory July 13 at Gillette Stadium. Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo scored goals in a 2-0 New England victory on May 18 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Revolution have won on five of their last seven visits to Houston. New England last defeated Houston at Gillette Stadium in 2010.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Revolution to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact 2-2

The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Joel Lindpere and Dilly Duka scored early as the Fire held on for a 2-1 win Aug. 10 at Toyota Park; Andres Romero and Marco Di Vaio scored second-half goals to lead the Impact to a 2-0 victory April 27 at Stade Saputo.
The Fire have won both meetings all-time at Toyota Park.
The Fire had their road winless streak extended to four games in their 3-0 loss at Columbus on Saturday. The Fire are undefeated in their last five games at Toyota Park. Three of the Fire’s final four games are on the road, following the meeting with Montréal this weekend.
The Impact have lost back-to-back games at Stade Saputo for the first time this season, following a five-game home undefeated run, after their 3-0 loss to Vancouver on Saturday afternoon. The trip to Chicago begins a stretch of four road games out of the final six to conclude the regular season.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Chicago Fire to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals
Friday, September 27

Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union 0-1

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Sporting to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

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CHRIS’s PICKS in 2013 season 161156 (accuracy 50.79 % ) in picking winner, draw or OVER / UNDER results.

MLS Picks 2010 - 2012 record

MLS Picks 2010 - 2012 record

CHRIS’s PICKS in 2012 season 187133 (accuracy 58.43 % )

CHRIS’s PICKS in 2011 season 159142 (accuracy 52.82 %)

CHRIS’s PICKS in 2010 season 9782 in entire 2010 MLS season (accuracy 54.19 %) in picking winner or OVER / UNDER results.

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