2015 MLS TIPS WEEK 4
Week 4 of Major League Soccer's 20th season kicks off in Foxborough when New England Revolution hosts the travelling San Jose Earthquakes. New England are winless in three games this season but more importantly have not scored a goal in 270 minutes of football so far in 2015.
The time for New England in my opinion is now. They need to get something from this game. They need to start scoring goals and winning games before they fall too much further behind the pacesetters in the Eastern conference.
My Tips: New England 2-1 San Jose
Kaka will bring his Orlando City side to Montreal, Quebec on Sunday morning and look for their second-straight road win in the MLS. However against a Montreal side that are still on a high and amid a historic CONCACAF Champions League win, I think the MLS newcomers will struggle at Saputo Stadium.
Montreal will want to kickstart their season with a win here and I think they'll do it against an Orlando side that is lacking in front of goal.
My Tip: Montreal 2-0 Orlando City
D.C United are coming off a loss last week in New York and face a Galaxy side that could only draw their match with Houston last week. It's a hard game to call this one and being in the Capitol I'd normally back DC United. But this time I'm backing the draw.
My Tip: Draw 1-1
Frank Lampard could very well be on hand to watch is future team in person on Sunday morning when they clash with Sporting Kansas City at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC are atop the Eastern Conference and are unbeaten in three games. Sporting on the other hand are winless and struggling.
It's good to see one of the expansion teams doing this well and a win would see them continue their good form. City have not conceded a goal in 180 minutes and I'm backing them to get the job done against Sporting KC on Sunday morning.
My Tip: New York City 1-0 Sporting KC
New York Red Bulls make the trip to Columbus with their eyes on the top spot in the East but the Crew are unbeaten in two and won their last game at home. The Red Bulls are without some of their bigger names from recent years but have still started this season with some decent results.
I'm going to tip a Columbus win but I do it with hesitation. The Crew looked very impressive in their 2-0 home win a couple of weeks ago and I think they could do the same this weekend.
My Tip: Columbus 2-0 NY Red Bulls
The high-flying Vancouver Whitecaps welcome the Portland Timbers to the BC Place Stadium this weekend and with two road wins in a row, the Whitecaps are the deserved favourites for this game. Portland have drawn three straight and will be frustrated with a tough start to the season.
Vancouver have won two straight on the road and whilst they weren't the most convincing wins ever (a pair of 1-0's) I think they will be too strong here for Portland. Returning home after a successful two weeks on the road should have the Whitecaps fired up.
My Tip: Vancouver 1-0 Portland
Houston Dynamo hosts the Colorado Rapids on Sunday morning and are the favourites to beat the visitors who are out of form in front of goal. The Rapids haven't scored a goal in their two games so far but also have yet to concede. I think one of those droughts will end but unfortunately for Colorado I think it will be the goals against column kickstarting this weekend.
Houston will want to get back to winning form and there's no better time to do that than a game in front of your home fans.
My Tip: Houston 1-0 Colorado
This should be a very entertaining game between the pacesetters so far in the West and the conference champions of last season. FC Dallas have come flying out of the box in the opening rounds of the MLS season and will do doubt want to add a win against the visiting Sounders to their tally.
Both teams are missing a few players on international duty so instead of sticking with my original tip of FC Dallas to win, I'm going to flip-flop and go for a draw.
My Tip: Draw 1-1
The first game on Monday morning Australian time sees Chicago Fire host the Philadelphia Union. Both these sides are coming off the back of Week 3 losses and are both winless so far in the 2015 season. Chicago are in a slightly bigger hole than Philadelphia are their yet to register a point in three outings.
It's no surprise to see the draw is an expected outcome here. In fact, these two teams have drawn their past three games together.
My Tip: Draw 1-1
Toronto make the long trip to Utah and face an RSL team that have troubled the Reds over the last few years. Seven straight losses in all competitions at the Rio Tinto Stadium is what the travelling Toronto side are facing. They've conceded three goals in each of their last three visits to Salt Lake City.
RSL are the heavy favourites and after an unlucky start to the season I can see them recording their first win. In fact I think they'll do it in style.
My Tip: Real Salt Lake 3-1 Toronto FC