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Familiarize yourself with the MLS standings so you can pick and choose the best betting opportunities as far in advance as possible.
How To Win At MLS Betting
Take a look into the wide variety of statistics available, such as past results, total shots and the amount of possession each team usually enjoys, plus dozens of other factors such as distance traveled to the match, injuries to key players, and if any players are away on international duty.
Some teams also traditionally struggle against a specific team, sometimes due to a conflicting style of play, sometimes just because. Check past results between teams and see if there is a pattern to the results.
In addition, there's a vast difference between conferences in the MLS. The Eastern Conference is known for high-scoring games. Their defensive frailities are overtly obvious. It's an exciting brand of soccer for spectators but it rarely translates to winning trophies. Only one Eastern Conference team - Sporting KC, who is now back in the Western Conference - have won the MLS Cup since 2009.
Contrastingly, Eastern Conference teams for the most part concentrate on playing sound defensively. As a conference, they are head and shoulders better than the East at defending, which is essential when the playoffs come around. As the old adage goes, defense wins championships.
An Eastern Conference team is due to win the MLS Cup purely due to how long it's been since they last won. But they'll need to sort out their defensive woes to seriously contend. Toronto, the Red Bulls and D.C. United had the best defensive records in the conference during the 2016 season, so keep an eye on their development as the season progresses.
New York City FC is brilliant going forward but aren't currently stingy enough defensively to win the MLS Cup in the near future.
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