Nov 9, 2021
Nov 9, 2021

MLS Cup 2021 playoffs: Betting preview

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MLS Cup 2021 playoffs: Betting preview

The MLS Cup playoffs get underway on November 20, with 14 teams attempting to become MLS champions. Who are the favourites and which matches are coming up? Read on to find out.

Who are the favourtse to win the MLS playoffs?

The 2021 MLS playoffs will get underway later this month with 14 teams set to do battle, each with the goal of being crowned champions when the final takes place on December 11.

There is no doubting which team has been the most consistent during the regular season, with the New England Revolution finishing a staggering 19 points clear at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. As Conference winners, Bruce Arena's side do not have to contest the first round of the playoffs and instead will head straight into the Conference semi-finals.

The Revs were the highest-scoring team during the regular season, with forwards Adam Buksa and Gustavo Bou contributing a combined 31 goals, and New England are likely to need those two firing if they are to claim MLS Cup glory for the first time.

Western Conference champions the Colorado Rapids can also not be discounted after they edged out the Seattle Sounders to secure an automatic place in the Conference semi-finals, while the form teams in the MLS heading into the playoffs are the Portland Timbers and the New York Red Bulls.

MLS playoffs Eastern Conference first round predictions

Nashville SC vs. Orlando City predictions

Nashville SC

Draw

Orlando City

49.73%

27.53%

22.74%

Nashville are the draw specialists in the MLS, sharing the spoils in 18 of their 34 regular season matches, including seven of their previous nine. Draws have also been a theme for Orlando City of late, with three of their last five matches ending in a tie, while the most recent three meetings between these two clubs have also finished all square.

Bet: Nashville SC vs. Orlando City odds

New York City vs. Atlanta United predictions

New York City

Draw

Atlanta United

55.46%

25.20%

19.34%

New York City are unbeaten in their last three meetings with Atlanta United, and they boast the leading scorer in this season's MLS, with Valentin Castellanos having struck an impressive 19 goals. Atlanta did finish the regular season level on points with New York City, and they will head into the playoffs on a six-match unbeaten run.

Bet: New York City vs. Atlanta United odds

Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls predictions

Philadelphia Union

Draw

New York Red Bulls

44.76%

29.39%

25.85%

Both of these sides are in impressive form heading into the playoffs, each losing just one of their last 10 games, while no team has picked up more points in the MLS over that same period than the New York Red Bulls. Philadelphia finished six points above the Red Bulls in the final standings, and they are also unbeaten in the last six meetings between the two sides, four of which have ended in victory.

Bet: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls odds

MLS playoffs Western Conference first round predictions

Portland Timbers vs. Minnesota United predictions

Portland Timbers

Draw

Minnesota United

46.94%

25.58%

27.48%

Portland have recorded more wins and scored more goals than any other side in the MLS across the final 10 matches of the regular season, winning their three most recent fixtures by an aggregate of 8-1. Minnesota's recent form is not so impressive, but the Loons do boast an imperious record against the Timbers, as they have won seven of the last eight meetings between the two sides, drawing the other one.

Bet: Portland Timbers vs. Minnesota United odds

Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake predictions

Seattle Sounders

Draw

Real Salt Lake

56.63%

24.27%

19.10%

The Seattle Sounders looked a shoo-in to top the Western Conference, but after failing to win any of their final six regular-season games, they had to make do with second place. Real Salt Lake's form is also patchy, but they have won back-to-back away matches, while they also claimed a 1-0 success in their most recent meeting with the Sounders back in September.

Bet: Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake odds

Sporting Kansas City vs. Vancouver Whitecaps predictions

Sporting Kansas City

Draw

Vancouver Whitecaps

56.83%

24.88%

18.29%

Sporting Kansas City missed out on topping the Western Conference after losing their final three matches of the regular season, but inspired by 15-goal top scorer Johnny Russell, they will be hoping to rediscover their form in the playoffs. Vancouver finished nine points worse off than their opponents, but they are on a six-match unbeaten run that began with a 2-1 success over the Wizards in mid-October.

Bet: Sporting Kansas City vs. Vancouver Whitecaps odds

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