DC United v New England Revolution
Sunday, 00:00

I was really impressed with the way that New England battled on the road at NYCFC last week, and I like the look of them to win at a DC United side who have been one of the worst teams in MLS this season so far.

Ben Olsen's team have managed to win their last two games, but surely they have used up their luck. Both of those 1-0 victories came thanks to own goals (against Colorado and Atlanta) and in both matches they've been hanging on, reliant as ever on their brilliant goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

I know that there's an argument which says that they've turned the tide and will now have a strong finish to the season, but the evidence on the pitch really doesn't point to that: DCU had lost seven of eight MLS games prior to those two wins, and they were poor against both Colorado and Atlanta - just saw everything go their way.

New England have changed approach from open to attritional, and it is starting to pay dividends. Teal Bunbury has finally found some form, Lee Nguyen and Juan Agudelo are able supporters, and I can see them outmuscling DC United, and even launching a too little, too late charge for a play-off place.

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Back New England Revolution to beat DC United @ 3.00

New York Red Bulls v NYCFC
Saturday, 00:00
Live on Sky Sports Football

The MLS rivalry weekend kicks off with a Hudson River derby between the Red Bulls and NYCFC, and New York's newest club will go into this game with some confidence after beating their rivals twice in recent weeks and coming from behind to beat New England last time.

David Villa and co really struggled against New England, though, and were extremely lucky to come away with a win. They looked tired and uninspired, and could well be there for the taking against a Red Bulls team that is on a run of seven wins in nine in all competitions. They'll be without the suspended Venezuelan midfielder Yangel Herrera for this one, which further weakens them.

The Red Bulls might have lost at home to NYCFC in June, but that was something of a freak result, and they've carried all before them at Red Bull Arena recently, scoring 12 and conceding two in their last three home games.

I know that NYCFC have had the better of this encounter this season, but there's not much to choose between these teams, and the Red Bulls' ability to get the job done at home, often convincingly, should see them to a victory which will get them back to somewhere near the mix in the Eastern Conference.

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Back New York Red Bulls to beat NYCFC @ 2.20

Montreal Impact v Toronto FC
Sunday, 21:30
Live on Sky Sports Football

After another win in midweek, TFC remain on course for the best ever statistical record in an MLS season, and the final game of rivalry weekend sends them to Montreal for what seems sure to be a real barnburner.

Goals follow these two teams around, and with four of Toronto's last five away games featuring Over 3.5 Goals, that's the way to go in this one.

Both are blessed with an abundance of attacking talent, neither is sure-footed defensively, and even though the nature of their rivalry led to two slightly low-key games in their Canadian Championship play offs, I just can't see that continuing here.

Only one of Montreal's last 11 in all competitions has failed to go Over 2.5 Goals (that game finished 2-0) and now that Ignacio Piatti is playing without injury and with real intent, they're a constant threat. Piatti has scored six goals in his last four, and now has 14 MLS goals this season to Sebastian Giovinco's 13. It would be no surprise to see them both on the scoresheet here.

There are no cast iron guarantees, particularly in the unpredictable world of MLS, but it would be a big surprise if rivalry week doesn't end with a classic.

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Back Over 3.5 Goals in Montreal v TFC @ 2.50

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