New England Revolution v New York Red Bulls Sunday, 00:30
New England proved to be a good place for last season's MLS Cup winners Atlanta United to find some form last week, and this could well be the venue where the season starts to click into gear for the reigning Supporters Shield winners.
It's been a tough start to the 2019 campaign for the New York Red Bulls as their CONCACAF Champions League exit was followed by three defeats in four games. There were signs last time at SKC though, that they were starting to find a way, and they should come to the worst team in the Eastern Conference and win.
Last week's Red Bulls game in Kansas ended with some real controversy as their hot headed striker Kaku was sent off for a disgraceful piece of behaviour that will now cost him a few weeks on the sidelines, but I don't see him as a key piece of the Red Bulls picture and it was more encouraging to see the likes of Brian White and Daniel Royer come to the party last week, as they will be more important forward players this season.
The Revs have lost three of their first four home games, and are on a real slide, and it's hard to see what weapons Brad Friedel has at his disposal to try and put things right. They look lightweight, and could be set for more disappointment this weekend.
Got to be goals for the Galaxy
LA Galaxy v Houston Dynamo Saturday, 04:00 Live on FreeSports
I really enjoyed watching Houston Dynamo last week against the San Jose Earthquakes, and it's easy to forget just how good Wilmer Cabrera's team can be when they have the pedal to the metal. In Alberth Elis they have one of the most underrated players in MLS, and its only their frustrating inconsistency that stops me fancying them to win an MLS Cup.
They should have scored four or five against San Jose, and after finally shaking off the cobwebs of their Champions League campaign, they look set to have a good runthroughout the remainder of this first half of the season.
They head for the LA Galaxy and I could see this developing into a shootout, rather like the Galaxy's 3-2 win against Minnesota earlier in the season. The Dynamo can only really play one way, and when the Galaxy are faced with a team that comes at them with pace and verve, they tend to respond in kind. There'll be a lot of wide open spaces in midfield and I can't see how there won't be goals.
Two of Houston's last three games have gone Over 4.5 Goals and while LA's results look more conservative, it depends on who they're playing, and this is the kind of opposition who can bring out their devil may care side.
RSL can shine in Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati v Real Salt Lake Saturday, 00:30 Live on FreeSports
There was a lot to like about the way that Real Salt Lake put an end to their four-game losing streak against Orlando last week, and I think that they can head to Cincinnati and win for us at a price.
There was always going to be a time when Cincinnati had to cope with the reality of a hard MLS season, and after riding an optimistic wave for the last five or six weeks, that time may just have come.
They've failed to win in their last three, and maybe more worryingly their home stadium doesn't look like becoming the fortress that they need it to be. They've won only one of their three matches here so far, lost against Philadelphia at the end of March, and RSL, poor on the road so far this season, look well placed to take advantage.
Mike Petke is one of the shrewdest coaches in the Division, and I don't see their away form continuing to suffer the way that it has to this point. They've struck me as a team that has been close to getting it right, and last week they finally seemed to click.
RSL's last two defeats away from home came by a single goal against far superior opposition to this, and while I don't think that they'll be a realistic challenger for honours at the end of the year, they're turning into the kind of team that's good enough to win games like this.
Back New York Red Bulls to win v New England Revolution @ 2.90
Back Over 3.5 Goals in LA Galaxy v Houston Dynamo @ 2.50