USA MLS 2021-22 soccer predictions: season preview
Columbus Crew won their second MLS Cup title after defeating defending champions Seattle Sounders by two goals to nil. The 2021 MLS season is contested among 27 teams after the addition of Austin FC. Major League Soccer teams are divided into Eastern and Western conferences with 14 and 13 teams in each conference, respectively.
Every MLS team plays 34 games in the regular season. Clubs of the Eastern Conference face six regional conference teams three times during the season. Eastern Conference teams play against the remaining seven opponents two times and also face two Western Conference teams twice.
The Western Conference schedule is different: 11 teams are set to play against eight of their conference opponents three times and against the remaining four opponents twice. They also play against two Eastern Conference teams twice during the regular season. The remaining two Western Conference teams play against seven same-conference teams three times while facing the remaining five teams twice. They also face three Eastern Conference teams three times during the normal season. The team with the most points at the end of the season is awarded the Supporters’ Shield.
Each regular MLS season is followed by the MLS Cup Playoffs to determine the league champions. The top seven teams from both the Eastern and Western conferences qualify for the Round 1 of the MLS playoffs. The winner of the Eastern Conference Final and that of the Western Conference Final meet in the MLS Cup Final to decide the league champion.
Two teams that finish with the most points from each conference qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League. The MLS Cup champion and the winner of the U.S. Open Cup (USOC) qualify for the Champions League too. When the winner of the MLS Cup or the U.S. Open Cup finish top of the conference, the spot is given to the highest-placed team in the table.
We drop MLS Cup predictions for futures such as the winner of the MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield winner, top league goalscorer alongside MLS game predictions and tips.
Full list of teams participating in the 2021 MLS, by conference, can be found below.
2021 MLS Eastern Conference teams:
- New York City FC
- New England Revolution
- Nashville SC
- Philadelphia Union
- Orlando City SC
- DC United
- CF Montreal
- Atlanta United FC
- Columbus Crew
- Inter Miami CF
- New York Red Bulls
- Chicago Fire FC
- FC Cincinnati
- Toronto FC
2021 MLS Western Conference teams:
- Seattle Sounders FC
- LA Galaxy
- Sporting KC
- Colorado Rapids
- Portland Timbers
- Minnesota United FC
- Real Salt Lake
- Vancouver Whitecaps
- San Jose Earthquakes
- FC Dallas
- Houston Dynamo FC
- Austin FC
MLS betting tips cover the top matches between the teams stated.
New York City FC
New York City FC finished fifth in the Eastern Conference of the 2020 MLS with 39 points. They scored 37 goals and conceded 25. The Pigeons qualified for the playoffs but were knocked out in the first round by Orlando City SC on penalties after 1-1 in normal time.
Malte Amundsen signed from Vejle Boldklub for a fee of about $607k. The Pigeons signed Cody Mizell from New Mexico United for $221k with Chris Gloster joining from PSV Eindhoven for a fee of about $331k. Thiago signed for New York City FC for $1.8m with Talles Magno joining the club from Vasco da Gama for $8m.
Valentin Castellanos is a key player for New York City FC. The Argentine international joined the club from Montevideo City Torque in 2019 and has scored 32 goals in 89 matches. Castellanos scored the joint-most goals for the Pigeons last season with seven goals. He also provided two assists while creating 24 chances during last season’s campaign.
Other key players of New York City FC apart from Valentin Castellanos:
- Maximiliano Moralez
- Jesus Medina
- Gudmundur Thorarinsson
- Keaton Parks
- James Sands
- Alfredo Morales
New England Revolution
New England Revolution were eight in the Eastern Conference of the MLS during last season’s campaign. Revs scored 26 goals and conceded 25 goals in the league. New England qualified for the play-in round as they beat Montreal Impact by two goals to one. Revs got a 2-0 victory over Philadelphia Union in the first round of the playoff. New England thrashed Orlando City SC by three goals in the Eastern Conference semifinals to qualify for the Conference final, where Revs lost to Columbus Crew SC by a goal to nil.
Arnor Ingvi Trautason joined the club from Malmo FF for a fee of about $502k. Revs signed Wilfrid Kaptoum, Emmanuel Boateng and Adolph Joseph DeLaGarza on free transfer. Christian Mafla also signed for the club from Nacional for about $552k.
Gustavo Bou is a crucial player for the club as he scored the most goals for them during the 2020 season. The Argentine international joined the club in 2019 and has scored 29 goals in 62 appearances. Bou bagged eight goals for the New England Revolution last season and provided two assists.
Other key players of the New England Revolution apart from Gustavo Bou:
- Carles Gil
- DeJuan Jones
- Tajon Buchanan
- Brandon Bye
- Matt Polster
- Adam Buksa
Seattle Sounders FC
Seattle Sounders won the 2019 MLS Cup after defeating Toronto by three goals to one. The Sounders are one of the strongest teams in the league as they finished second in the Western Conference. Seattle Sounders had 39 points, 44 goals for and 23 goals against.
The Sounders qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs after finishing second and defeated Los Angeles FC by three goals to nil in the first round. Seattle Sounders got a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas in the Western Conference semifinal and afterwards won the Conference final by defeating Minnesota United FC by three goals to two. Seattle Sounders have qualified for 12 playoffs and have been to four out of the last five MLS Cup finals. The Sounders suffered a 0-3 defeat in the MLS Cup as Columbus Crew SC thrashed the then defending champions.
Kelyn Rowe, Spencer Richey and Fredy Montero all joined the club on a free transfer. Seattle Sounders are a good team and will be looking to win their third MLS Cup.
Raul Ruidiaz is one of the best forwards in Major League Soccer. The Peru international is a clinical striker as he joined the club in 2018 from Atletico Morelia and has scored 58 goals in 93 games which is an average of 1.6 goals per game, an incredible record. Rudiaz scored the third most goals in MLS last season with 14 goals and provided five assists.
Other key players of Seattle Sounders apart from Raul Ruidiaz:
- Nicolas Lodeiro
- Jordan Morris
- Joao Paulo
- Cristian Roldan
- Yeimar Gomez
- Nouhou Tolo
Los Angeles Galaxy are the most successful team in Major League Soccer with five MLS Cup titles. The Galaxy haven’t been in top form in recent years, with their last MLS Cup championship being in 2014. LA Galaxy failed to make the 2020 MLS Playoffs after finishing out of the playoff spot as they were 10th in the Western Conference table.
Los Angeles Galaxy scored 27 and conceded 46 goals last season. They had a goal difference of -19 as their defence was poor. LA Galaxy sacked Guillermo Barros Schelotto towards the end of the season as they were last with three games to go. Dominic Kinnear was appointed as the interim manager of the Galaxy for the rest of the 2020 MLS season.
LA Galaxy appointed Greg Vanney as their new manager for the 2021 MLS. The Galaxy will be looking to qualify and win the MLS Cup this season after they failed to qualify last time.
Javier Hernandez, popularly known as Chicharito, is a top striker and has played for many big teams in Europe. The Mexican featured for Manchester United from 2010 to 2014 and scored 59 goals in 154 appearances before he was loaned to Real Madrid where he scored nine goals in 33 matches. Hernandez moved to Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 and scored 39 goals in 76 appearances before joining West Ham United in 2017. The Mexican international joined LA Galaxy from Sevilla in 2020 and has scored 13 goals in 26 appearances.
Other key players of Los Angeles Galaxy apart from Javier Hernandez:
- Rayan Raveloson
- Julian Araujo
- Victor Vazquez
- Sebastian Lletget
- Sacha Kljestan
- Samuel Grandsir
Los Angeles FC (LAFC)
Los Angeles FC finished seventh in the Western Conference table as they scored 47 goals and conceded 39 goals. The Black and Gold qualified for the playoffs but were thrashed by Seattle Sounders in the first round by three goals to one.
Los Angeles FC had 32 points during last season’s campaign. The Black and Gold signed Jesus Murillo from Independiente Medellin for a fee of about $1.4m. Corey Baird joined the club from Salt Lake for about $502k. Los Angeles FC sold Jukka Raitala to Minnesota for about $949k with Adrien Perez also joining DC United for $265k.
Carlos Vela has been one of the best players in MLS since he joined Los Angeles FC from Real Sociedad in 2017. The Mexican international has scored 67 goals in 97 appearances, which is an average of 1.45 goals per game. Carlos Vela set a new MLS single-goals record in 2019 after he scored 34 goals as he won the MLS Golden boot. LAFC finished at the top of the Western Conference table that season as his goals were crucial.
Other key players of Los Angeles FC apart from Carlos Vela:
- Eduard Atuesta
- Diego Rossi
- Eddie Segura
- Latif Blessing
- Jose Cifuentes
- Mark-Anthony Kaye
Betting odds of 2021 MLS
Takebet Zimbabwe posts the best MLS betting picks for future events aside from MLS match predictions, taking care of a thorough outright odds analysis going into the new season. Experts publish outright USA MLS predictions on the team to win the MLS Cup, the teams finish at the top of the conferences, to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoff and so forth.
There are six teams with chances high enough to win the 2021 MLS Cup championship. Los Angeles FC are the main favourites, with last season’s runner-up Seattle considered as the second best team and the last season MLS Cup champions, Columbus Crew, being third.
MLS Cup 2021 winner betting odds:
- Los Angeles FC — 6.00 (+500 American; 5/1 Fractional)
- Seattle Sounders — 8.00 (+700; 7/1)
- Columbus Crew SC — 10.00 (+900; 9/1)
- Toronto FC — 12.00 (+1100; 11/1)
- New York City FC — 13.00 (+1200; 12/1)
- Philadelphia Union — 13.00 (+1200; 12/1)
The winner of the Eastern Conference bracket in the MLS Cup Playoffs will face the winner of the Western Conference bracket in the MLS Cup Finals.
Eastern Conference bracket 2021 winner betting odds:
- New England Revolution — 4.50 (+350 American; 7/2 Fractional)
- Philadelphia Union — 5.00 (+400; 4/1)
- Columbus Crew — 5.00 (+400; 4/1)
- New York City FC — 5.50 (+450; 9/2)
- Orlando City FC — 9.00 (+800; 8/1)
- Toronto FC — 15.00 (+1400; 14/1)
Western Conference bracket 2021 winner betting odds:
- Seattle Sounders — 2.80 (+180 American; 9/5 Fractional)
- Los Angeles FC — 4.00 (+300; 3/1)
- Sporting Kansas City — 6.00 (+500; 5/1)
- Los Angeles Galaxy — 9.00 (+800; 8/1)
- Portland Timbers — 9.00 (+800; 8/1)
- Colorado Rapids — 17.00 (+1600; 16/1)
The MLS Golden Boot is awarded to the player with the most goals at the end of the season. Carlos Vela holds the record of the most goals in a single season with 34 goals in 2019.
MLS 2021 Golden Boot winner betting odds:
- Carlos Vela — 3.50 (+250 American; 5/2 Fractional)
- Diego Rossi — 4.00 (+300; 3/1)
- Raul Ruidiaz — 5.00 (+400; 4/1)
- Josef Martinez — 6.00 (+500; 5/1)
- Kacper Przybylko — 7.00 (+600; 6/1)
Coverage of American MLS betting predictions
Takebet Zimbabwe covers the most important matches of both Eastern and Western Conferences with MLS game predictions alongside outright MLS picks. Talking fixtures, tips start from the beginning of the regular season and stretch as far as to include MLS playoffs predictions.
There are both single and accumulator bets offered in MLS Cup predictions. When online betting sites publish their match odds, our experts research big and small betting markets to find valuable wagers. Bets come on MLS teams as well as individual players of the league.
Betting markets and odds of USA MLS predictions
Takebet Zimbabwe's experts go through all betting markets that can incorporate value in search for MLS picks with the most profitable odds. You will find more and less popular bets alike.
Some of the betting markets we use to pick valuable MLS bets:
- 1x2 (money line)
- Handicaps (spreads)
- MLS score predictions
- Over/Under goal totals
- Double chance
- Draw no bet
- Both teams to score
- Player to score
MLS soccer picks and predictions on Takebet Zimbabwe contain the best odds you can wager on a betting site. MLS tips of the single type amount to the odds from 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional) to 3.00 (+200; 2/1), with combo MLS free picks being around 10.00 (+900; 9/1).
MLS match predictions
Takebet Zimbabwe publishes expert predictions on separate games of MLS with an in-depth analysis of each match. Every prediction is structured to include the latest odds on the fixture, a recap of the recent results and the teams’ form, projected line-ups and key players. The peak of each analytical article are MLS league predictions based on the data, our conclusions and odds.
Experts of Takebet Zimbabwe offer MLS picks starting with the regular season games and following with the. MLS playoffs predictions which are also available, from Round 1 till the Cup Final.
Betting tips on MLS teams and players
Journalists on the team pick bets on teams and players for our match predictions and outright tips on MLS. Game predictions include bets on the team to win the match or separate halves, individual and overall goal total, wagers on team stats like cards and corners. When it comes to footballers, we post betting tips on markets such as anytime goalscorer, first and last goalscorer, wagers on assists and other player events on offer.
Outright predictions on MLS teams include such bets as the squad to win the Cup or finish at the top of the conference. For players, there are MLS expert picks such as top goalscorer.
Schedule of top 2021-22 MLS fixture predictions
We pick decisive MLS games as well as matches between top teams for our in-depth MLS Cup predictions. Below is the calendar of the top 2021 MLS matches between Los Angeles FC, Seattle Sounders FC, New York City FC, New England Revolution and LA Galaxy.
- LAFC vs Seattle Sounders FC (25 April 2021)
- Seattle Sounders FC vs LA Galaxy (3 May 2021)
- LA Galaxy vs LAFC (9 May 2021)
- Seattle Sounders FC vs LAFC (17 May 2021)
- LAFC vs New York City FC (30 May 2021)
- New York City FC vs New England Revolution (20 June 2021)
- LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders FC (20 June 2021)
- LAFC vs LA Galaxy (29 August 2021)
- New York City FC vs New England Revolution (29 August 2021)
- New England Revolution vs New York City FC (12 September 2021)
- LA Galaxy vs LAFC (4 October 2021)
- LAFC vs Seattle Sounders FC (27 October 2021)
- Seattle Sounders FC vs LA Galaxy (2 November 2021)
- MLS Playoffs Round 1 (20-23 November 2021)
- MLS Conference Semifinals (25-30 November 2021)
- MLS Conference Finals (4-5 December 2021)
- MLS Cup Finals (11 December 2021)
How experts analyse MLS matches for sure predictions
The analysis we provide in our MLS tips and predictions include that of statistics, betting odds, head-to-head record and recent results, actual matches watched by our analysts. The team on board of Takebet Zimbabwe is perfectly knowledgeable about football and the top US league.
MLS teams play probably the most diverse football in the world. It is due to the diversity of players and managers of this young league as well as their backgrounds. Some squads love to keep the ball in control and to use lots of rotations in the midfield while relying on the centre-midfielders and the fullbacks to play long balls into the penalty areas. Some love to play in an aggressive and high-pressing style as they try to win the ball back high up the pitch. Most play out of the back while others utilize long balls and suffocating presses.
Some teams like Seattle Sounders play a three-man defence with fullbacks wide trying to stretch the opponents and the attackers in pockets of spaces. Others like the New England Revolution love to play in a 4-4-2/4-2-3-1 scheme with two strikers, one at the top and the other playing like a second striker, and midfielders tucked inside to allow the runs of the fullbacks. The most common formations in MLS are 3-5-2, 4-2-31, 4-4-2 and 3-4-3.
Some of the statistics we use when doing USA MLS predictions:
- Goals scored and conceded
- Big chances created and conceded
- Expected goals
- Shots conceded
- Shots on/off-target
- Ball possession percentages
After assessing all of this data, Takebet Zimbabwe compares the derived probabilities against the odds given by sports betting sites to find the most valuable bets for our MLS soccer predictions.
Free MLS betting tips: how to get access
For all readers of Takebet Zimbabwe, MLS betting predictions are available for free. As a punter you should visit our site 1-2 days prior to the game to find and use our MLS tips.
Use the filters to select MLS free picks for a near date:
What types of MLS picks do you publish?
Takebet Zimbabwe publishes free picks on top MLS games in both Eastern and Western conferences during the regular season. We pick fixtures between favourites such as LAFC, Seattle Sounders FC, New York City FC, New England Revolution and their decisive games against other opponents alongside fixtures with value bets. The MLS soccer playoff predictions follow: for the first round, conference semifinals and finals, as well as the MLS Cup final.
MLS betting tips on Takebet Zimbabwe feature singles, accumulators and futures MLS betting picks on the winner of the Cup, Supporters’ Shield, teams to qualify for the playoffs, and so forth.
In MLS soccer picks, betting markets like 1x2 (money line), over and under goals, handicaps (spreads), MLS score predictions are more frequent, but we tip on small market bets too.
When do you post your MLS expert picks?
MLS predictions are posted on our site from 24 to 48 days before any particular gameweek event. Experts publish futures betting picks 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the competition.
Are your MLS betting tips free?
Yes, they are. All our MLS betting predictions are available for free. Each pick is published on the MLS page, with a separate in-depth analytical article for every single match.
Do you have predictions for MLS games today and tomorrow?
On Takebet Zimbabwe, a bettor will find today's MLS betting tips and tomorrow's MLS betting tips separated on specific filter pages, which you can access from the main section with MLS picks. Also, we offer MLS weekend betting tips for games on Saturday and Sunday.
Do you offer MLS score predictions?
We do. Takebet Zimbabwe's experts decompose statistics and results of the past games to spot trends and draw actionable advice for gambling on scores with our MLS soccer score predictions.
What are the betting odds of MLS tips?
The two most popular kinds of sports wagers, single and accumulator bets, are included in our USA MLS predictions. The former are more prevalent due to the lower margin levels. Odds of the singles range from 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional) to 3.00 (+200; 2/1) on most occasions, while combo bets amount to 10.00 (+900; 9/1) and seldom can be higher.
Do you offer live MLS soccer predictions?
Currently, we do not offer live betting picks for American MLS, but you can rest assured that our prediction website is updated daily with the latest team news and data for bets.
How to bet on American MLS tips?
Come back to Takebet Zimbabwe for MLS soccer picks and predictions 24-48 hours before the match you want to wager on: select football betting tips from the menu, then proceed to the league by clicking on the MLS section in order to view all MLS free picks available.
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