Rox and Ken pick the three most competitive MLS Week 8 games and the two most competitive NWSL Week 3 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 Week 8 games
- Columbus (+100) vs New England (+270)
- NYCFC (-105) vs Nashville (+265)
- St. Louis (+140) vs FC Cincinatti (+180)
- LA galaxy (+170) vs LAFC (+135)
NWSL Week 3 games
- OL Reign vs San Diego Wave
- NC Courage vs Washington Spirit
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MLS Week 8 Games
Columbus (+100) vs New England (+270)
Our Pick for MLS Week 8 : Columbus
Columbus and New England have split their last four encounters. Five consecutive draws have only occurred in three games in MLS history, one each featuring the Crew (against Chicago in 2008-09) and the Revs (against Portland in 2016-22, as well as Dallas vs. Houston from 2017-18).
In its last three victories, Columbus has outscored its opponents 12-1. In a three-match span during a single regular season, the club has never scored more than 12 goals (August 1998), and their greatest three-match span during a single regular season has seen a plus-11 goal differential.
NYCFC (-105) vs Nashville (+265)
Our Pick for MLS Week 8 : NYCFC
In their three previous encounters, Nashville SC is unbeaten, having triumphed twice at home and drawn once away, including a 2-0 victory on February 25. The only MLS opponent NYCFC has played at least three times without ever triumphing is Nashville. NYCFC has lost just one of its last six games (W2, D3) after the team’s season-opening loss in Nashville.
The only victories for NYCFC this season have come against Inter Miami and D.C. United, who have combined for two points over the previous five match days.
St. Louis (+140) vs FC Cincinatti (+180)
Our Pick for MLS Week 8: St. Louis
In the club’s existence, FC Cincinnati has faced three expansion teams, winning just once at home (against Charlotte FC) and losing twice away (to Inter Miami and Charlotte FC). After starting the season with a run of five straight victories, St. Louis City SC has already dropped two straight games.
Even with those losses, St. Louis’ 15 points after five games is matched with LAFC in 2018 for the best start by an expansion team in league history.
LA galaxy (+170) vs LAFC (+135)
Our Pick for MLS Week 8: LA Galaxy
In 2022, the Galaxy and LAFC split their two home games against one another, with LAFC winning 3–2 in the Conference Semifinals on their way to winning the MLS Cup. Eight of the 16 MLS matches between the teams, including each of the last two, have included at least five goals.
The Galaxy have only three points to their name after six games this season (WO D3 L3), which is a tie with the season in which they had the fewest points (1997). The three goals LA has scored after six games are the fewest at this point in the season.
NWSL Week 3 Games
OL Reign vs San Diego Wave
Our Pick for NWSL Week 3: OL Reign
The best matchup is saved for last as the Western-based powerhouses OL Reign and San Diego Wave FC square off at Lumen Field. San Diego is one of just two teams that have won both of their first games, while the OL Reign are coming off of their first loss of the year. After back-to-back victories against Chicago and North Carolina to start the year, the Wave will approach Saturday night with nothing but confidence after scoring three goals in each of those two games.
Although San Diego will face the similar problem as the Reign in terms of finding a path forward while also restricting the host’s attacking possibilities, only Portland has scored more goals.
NC Courage vs Washington Spirit
Our Pick for NWSL Week 3: NC Courage
Although North Carolina is different in 2023, the Courage welcomes the Spirit in a Challenge Cup rematch. The Spirit, meanwhile, are led in attack by two well-known players who are the only two players on their roster to have scored more than 10 goals in a single regular season. However, a significantly altered North Carolina has a lot of potential, and head coach Sean Nahas will be hoping to see his team recover from last weekend’s 3-1 loss to San Diego.
This team’s tenacious victory over the Current in Week 1 demonstrated its potential, but as the pieces start to come together, the Courage will want to seize as many early point opportunities as they can.
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