After an entertaining and surprising game midweek between Sporting KC and New England, our fantasy weekend starts today in Columbus and LA. Today in our MLS Game Breakdown, we will analyze some injury concerns and potential breakout players for the upcoming slate of games.
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Chicago Fire @ Columbus Crew
The Crew and their high powered offense are heavy favorites this week against the struggling Chicago Fire. Chicago, who still don’t have double digit goals this season, need help from their attackers if they want to make the playoffs this season. Fortunately for them, defender and leading scorer, Jeff Larentowicz, scored another goal last week in their draw against New York City FC. For Columbus, they will once again have their full array of attackers and life may be easier this week with the potential return of Will Trapp from his concussion. If healthy, he will take over for Mohammed Saeid who was shown the red card last week against San Jose. This should be a pretty competitive game, as both teams are right in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference.
Line: Columbus Crew (-1) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:-120 , u:-110 )
Players to Watch
* Jeff Larentowicz, Chicago Fire ($5,600)
* Joven Jones, Chicago Fire ($4,800)
* Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew ($10,100)
* Federico Higuain, Columbus Crew ($8,400)
Houston Dynamo @ LA Galaxy
Houston will be looking for their third straight this week against a Galaxy team who have lost two straight. Injuries continue to be the main reason the Galaxy are heading in the wrong direction in the Western Conference lately. Robbie Keane is now listed as questionable, which is an upgrade over previous weeks, but he is joined by Edson Buddle, Jose Villarreal, and Robbie Rogers. As for Houston, their roster continues to avoid the injury bug, leading to their recent success against Toronto and Portland. Will Bruin and Giles Barnes have formed one of the top partnerships in all of MLS, so look for them to create plenty of chances tonight.
Line: LA Galaxy (-1) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:-105 , u:-125 )
Players to Watch
* Omar Gonzalez, LA Galaxy ($5,500)
* Gyasi Zardes, LA Galaxy ($8,900)
* Giles Barnes, Houston Dynamo ($8,800)
* Will Bruin, Houston Dynamo ($7,500)