A midweek, two game slate of MLS games tonight is a treat as we go into another MLS weekend and the opening weekend of the English Premier League. Reminder that teams often do squad shuffling during midweek games with all four teams playing this weekend as well. As we look at today’s MLS Game Breakdown I will be analyzing some injury concerns and look for potential breakout players. Also follow me on Twitter (@jwl_15) for injury and lineup updates throughout the day.
New York Red Bulls @ Montreal Impact
The Red Bulls had a dream game last week as the Wright-Phillips brothers connected on a goal and they won their third straight game. It was a great sight to see against Philadelphia and the Red Bulls still work toward catching DC United at the top of the Eastern Conference. They will be without Chris Duvall and Ronald Zubar who are injured, but expect the lineups to be shuffled as both teams have games this weekend as well. Montreal is also on a streak of their own, winning their last two matches. They shipped Jack McInerney to Columbus yesterday, but Didier Drogba may be ready to start up top. If not, Dominic Oduro, who is having a very good season of his own, will have to fill in until then. Also Italian midfielder, Marco Donadel, who has played well this season, will miss out due to a suspension. Montreal are tough to beat at home, as are most teams in MLS, but the New York Red Bulls will likely put in a great shift.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 3 (o: -114, u: -127)
Players to Watch
- Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls ($10,800)
- Shaun Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls ($5,000)
- Dominic Oduro, Montreal Impact ($7,000)
- Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact ($9,200)
Orlando City @ Toronto FC
Orlando City picked up a win last week on the back of Cyle Larin who now has five goals in their last two games. The leading candidate for the Rookie of the Year has been spectacular this season and continues to thrive with Kaka playing behind him. Unfortunately, Brek Shea will still be on the sideline, joining both Kevin Molino and Harrison Heath. As for Toronto FC, they are winless in their last two matches and may still be without their leader, Michael Bradley, who is in doubt with an injury. Giovinco looks to be back from his heel injury that may have hindered him last week, but his partner in crime, Jozy Altidore, may be out with a suspension as he is currently appealing the red card he received last week. Colleen Warner is suspended as well and Ashton Morgan is dealing with an injury of his own and may miss the match. Orlando City can really score goals, but they also will give up plenty of goals, which Giovinco should take advantage of on Wednesday.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 3 (o: -104, u: -139)
Players to Watch
- Cyle Larin, Orlando City ($8,700)
- Kaka, Orlando City ($10,500)
- Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC ($12,200)
- Robbie Finley, Toronto FC ($5,200)