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2021 MLS Cup Odds: Seattle Sounders The New Betting Favorites

2021 MLS Cup odds list Seattle Sounders in the lead as latest betting favorites to win the title.

The Major League Soccer season has advanced significantly over the last few months. Title favorite Los Angeles FC has fallen by the wayside while the Seattle Sounders have improved their bid for the crown. There is one other unbeaten team after at least seven games apiece. Does that team have an outside chance? Or will the usual suspects continue to dominate the MLS Cup? We take a look below.

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At BetOnline, the MLS Cup odds are led by the Seattle Sounders (+500), followed by defending champion Columbus Crew (+700) and Orlando City (+700). Los Angeles FC (+750) has dropped substantially in the MLS Cup odds and is followed by the New England Revolution (+1200), the current Eastern Conference leaders.

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Who Will Win the 2021 MLS Cup?

Odds to win the 2021 MLS Cup
TeamOdds
Seattle Sounders+500
Columbus Crew+700
Orlando City+700
Los Angeles FC+750
New England Revolution+1200
Los Angeles Galaxy+1400
Philadelphia Union+1400
Atlanta United+1600
Toronto FC+1600
New York City FC+2000
Portland Timbers+2000
Sporting Kansas City+2000
Inter Miami+2800
Colorado Rapids+3300
Nashville SC+3300
CF Montreal+4000
FC Dallas+4000
Austin FC+5000
FC Cincinnati+5000
Houston Dynamo+5000
San Jose Earthquakes+5000
Minnesota United+6600
New York Red Bulls+6600
Real Salt Lake+6600
DC United+8000
Chicago Fire+10000
Vancouver Whitecaps+10000

Odds as of June 8 at BetOnline

The MLS Season So Far

Two teams have stood out right from the outset this season. Incidentally, both teams are at the top of their respective conference standings and have improved their MLS Cup odds significantly. Firstly, at the top of the Eastern Conference are the New England Revolution, who have mustered 17 points in eight games, three points ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Union. Six teams in the East have still yet to manage double-digit points this season.

The story in the Western Conference has been Los Angeles FC’s lack of offensive firepower. The conference is now led by the Seattle Sounders, who have put up 18 points in eight games, with a terrific goal differential of +11 (14 goals scored and three conceded). Sporting Kansas City is second in the conference standings with 16 points followed by LA Galaxy’s 15 points.

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A solid start for the Seattle Sounders (+500) has kept them at the top of the table in the standings as well as on the MLS Cup oddsboard. The Sounders are still unbeaten with five wins and three draws. Its offense has lit up the MLS. Raúl Ruidíaz has scored six goals, second-highest on the goal-scoring charts.

João Paulo has been the playmaker, adding three assists so far. Nicolas Lodeiro has played only one game due to knee inflammation but that has not perturbed Seattle’s consistent offensive core.

The Columbus Crew (+700) have made a substandard start to the new season. In seven games, they have managed just 11 points, including two losses, while scoring just seven goals and conceding six. That defense has to improve quickly for Columbus to have a chance to improve its seeding for the playoffs. Otherwise, these odds of +700 could lengthen quickly in such a closely fought tournament.

Lucas Zelarayán is Columbus’ top goalscorer so far with just three goals, which is a problem on its own. Columbus needs more consistency from its offensive lineup in order to win more games and improve its goal differential in a crowded mid-table.

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Orlando City (+700) has not been too bad to date. However, three draws and one loss equate to plenty of lost points. Those draws will hurt them because those are six missed points. That is also the difference between its current position of third in the Eastern Conference and the top of the conference standings.

Former Manchester United midfielder Nani has been typically effective. He has scored three goals to lead his team. Being a lot more solid while defending leads will certainly ease the MLS Cup odds for Orlando City.

What Happened to Los Angeles FC?

The MLS odds have lengthened significantly for Los Angeles FC. It started the season with MLS Cup odds of +375 to win the title. Those have now moved up to +700. It happens quite often where a team that is expected to win just can’t create enough chances with opposing defenses holding an incredibly deep line. That has happened on several occasions for Manchester City in the Premier League and more recently in the Champions League final against Chelsea.

Los Angeles FC has conceded nine goals in seven games at an average of well over one per match. That will not bode well for the team’s confidence. Not only has the team drawn two games, which is not terrible, but it has lost three matches too, which is a massive problem. Los Angeles FC is now ninth in the Western Conference with eight points in seven games.

Corey Baird and Diego Rossi have both scored three goals apiece. As this season progresses, Los Angeles FC’s offense will have to catch up quickly, which is certainly not implausible. I still like Los Angeles FC for this market because these MLS Cup odds for a team of this caliber are excellent.

“It’s new territory, this is a rough start, for sure. We can’t be afraid of the moment, we got to find a way to just raise the bar in a lot of little ways,” Los Angeles FC coach Bob Bradley has said.

“I still think we come out in every game with a good intensity. But the little things, we’ve not done a good enough job going forward in terms of making enough big chances and that’s certainly such an important part of the way we play.”

Value Picks to Win MLS 2021

There are three value selections to consider for your MLS betting picks. Firstly, the New England Revolution (+1200) have started excellently. A team that is leading the conference standings with 17 points in eight games probably shouldn’t have MLS odds of +1200. It has found consistency on both ends of the soccer pitch, having scored 11 goals and conceded seven. It has lost just one game so far this season.

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Chasing New England in the East is the Philadelphia Union (+1400). The difference between the teams has been the pace of play, with the ball moving much quicker in New England’s matches.

However, that has also resulted in some significantly better defensive stats for Philadelphia: it has conceded just five goals in eight games, at just over half a goal per match. It is currently second in the East with 14 points and the same goal differential as New England. Orlando City is certainly on both their tails but that conference is surely heating up.

Over in the West, the other Los Angeles team is making some noise. The Los Angeles Galaxy are currently third in the conference standings with 15 points in seven games. It has one game in hand and could level up the points with Seattle with a win there.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is at the top of the goal-scoring charts in the MLS, with seven goals in seven games. Having conceded 11 goals and scored as many, the Galaxy’s goal differential is a bit of an issue. Still, MLS odds of +1400 aren’t too bad at all.

Who Will Make the MLS Cup Playoffs?

Here is a quick breakdown of the MLS Cup playoffs structure. The top seven teams from each conference will qualify for the playoffs, scheduled to begin on November 19. All matches will be single-elimination games hosted by the higher-seeded team.

Considering this format, a few contenders are starting to make their way into the postseason. Let’s start with the East.

It’s still relatively early in the season but this mid-table scrap is intensifying. Just three points separate third-place Orlando City FC and 10th-place DC United. You would expect Columbus Crew, currently sixth in the East, to break out quickly and secure qualification. It is the defending champion, after all.

CF Montreal and Atlanta United have started well and should put together stable mid-season performances to make the postseason. The other impressive team in the East has been Nashville SC, which is still unbeaten. It has won just two games but has also drawn the other five to put up 11 points, currently seventh in the standings.

In the West, the delta between the top five and the rest is slightly wider than the East. The current top four – the Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas City, Los Angeles Galaxy and Colorado Rapids – are looking set to qualify within the top seven based on sufficient early evidence. There will be an intense fight for the remaining three spots. I expect Los Angeles FC to fix its offensive problems and return to the playoffs.

The Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes, currently fifth and sixth respectively in the conference standings, have both scored 11 and conceded 12 goals to date. A negative goal differential is bound to bring in some deeper issues as the season progresses. Real Salt Lake is a solid contender as well. It has a goal differential of +2 (nine scored and seven conceded). It has nine points but also a game in hand from other mid-table contenders.

We’ll return in a few weeks to update this MLS Cup odds page with newer information as the season progresses. Till then, happy MLS wagering!