Rox and Ken pick the three most competitive MLS Week 6 games and the two most competitive NWSL Week 2 games using the 538 club soccer predictions and give Draft Kings bettings odds before Ken asks Rox if these games are ‘Interesting or Nah’. This weeks games are:
MLS Games Week 6 games
- New England (+110) v NYCFC (+235)
- St. Louis (-130) v Minnesota (+310)
- LA Galaxy (+110) v Seattle (+220)
NWSL Games Week 2 games
- Kansas City v Portland
- Gotham v Reign
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MLS Week 6 Games
New England (+110) v NYCFC (+235)
Our Pick : New England
The Revolution and NYCFC have split their last 12 encounters, with each team winning five and drawing two. One of them involved a semifinal matchup in 2021, in which NYCFC defeated the Revs. This season, New England has 12 points after five games, which is the second-best start in club history. Prior to winning four of their first five games in 2023, the Revs won four of their final 18 games from the previous season.
With just one point on the road this year, New York City FC has lost seven of its last ten away games during the regular season. After scoring just once in its previous 12 away games during the regular season, NYCFC has gone four games without scoring in the last six.
St. Louis (-130) v Minnesota (+310)
Our Pick : St. Louis
Together with the Galaxy (1996) and Kansas City (2012), St. Louis is the third team in MLS history to have accumulated fifteen points through its first five games of the season, and its plus-11 goal differential is the best at this time in a season overall. The Loons have only let up one goal in their four encounters with MLS newbies since the beginning of the 2020 away games this season, and they have won four of their previous six games against expansion teams.
For the third time in the previous four seasons, Minnesota United is undefeated through four games of a season. They have also won their first two away games this year, and they have a chance to win three consecutive away games for just the second time in club history.
LA Galaxy (+110) v Seattle (+220)
Our Pick : Seattle
The Sounders haven’t lost against the Galaxy in nine straight games and have only lost once in the previous sixteen encounters going back to July 2016. No team has ever defeated the Galaxy in 10 straight MLS games. For the fourth time since the introduction of shootouts, the Galaxy have lost all four of their games to start a season.
LA has gone eight games without a loss at home, which is the greatest streak of unbeaten play across all competitions since a 10-match streak in 2018. Jordan Morris became just the third MLS player to record at least four goals while playing away from home. Morris is the only MLS player to have more goals than his team’s first five opponents other than Landon Donovan.
NWSL Week 2
Kansas City v Portland
Our Pick: Portland
Portland was the only squad to beat its opponent in a landslide. The 2022 NWSL Champions opened their regular season campaign with a four goal thrashing, with a goal and an assist from 2022 NWSL MVP Sophia Smith. The Kansas City lineup for the first game had to be altered due to several injuries. Although the team’s tight loss against North Carolina had some positive aspects, a tactical change had exposed significant holes on the right side. Even though she had the fewest touches of any player to play the full 90 minutes in week one, rookie Michelle Cooper appeared to be everywhere on the field and contributed five of the Current’s 10 shots.
NY/NJ Gotham v OL Reign
Our Pick: NY/NJ Gotham
Alyssa Thompson’s early stunner for Angel City put Angel City ahead last week but Gotham fought back in a brilliant second half performance. Lynn Williams, a forward for Gotham, is improving with each game she plays, and her match performance in week one might not be her last major moment heading into NWSL Week 2. When Emily Sonnett was inserted into the middle by head coach Laura Harvey, the team periodically had problems playing under pressure.
The Reign managed to have several opportunities to score, but since last season, they have had difficulty connecting. Despite outshooting their opposition 16-12, they fell to the Washington Spirit 1-0, squandering four excellent opportunities in the process.
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