After another busy weekend in MLS, there have been some significant shifts in the MLS Cup betting, with LAFC in particular seeing some weakening of their position. 

Power Shift in LA?

So far this season, the story in the Western Conference has been the rise and rise of LAFC. In only their second campaign, Bob Bradley’s side have carried all before them, and going into the weekend, had an eleven-point lead on their nearest challengers, Seattle, and were twelve points ahead of local rivals LA Galaxy. But a dramatic LA derby, which saw Galaxy overcome their El Trafico rivals 3-2, has provided the first significant check on the LAFC momentum. 

A hat-trick for Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Galaxy the victory and it could have been even more comfortable for the home side, who conceded a goal late to give LAFC some hope. While the Conference leaders still have a healthy lead, victory for the Galaxy was a significant psychological blow, and has seen a big shift in the odds. LAFC have drifted out to 5/2 with many bookmakers, while Galaxy have shortened to 7/1 and even 11/2 in some places. 

All Change in the East

Philadelphia Union and DC United were the early pacesetters in the Eastern Conference, but both have shown signs of running out of steam recently. Union steadied the ship somewhat with a 2-0 home win over Chicago Fire, but they have slipped to fourth among the Eastern contenders in the MLS Cup betting, while Atlanta United scored a significant home victory over DC United. As a result, Atlanta have shortened to third-favourite overall at 9/1.

And although the two New York sides currently occupy fourth and fifth places in the Eastern table, bookmakers are taking no chances on either team. New York Red Bulls, who beat Orlando 1-0, have been shortened to 10/1 by bookmakers, while New York City FC, who earned an impressive 2-1 win in Colorado are regarded as the main challengers from the East, at 6/1. 

Big Test for Atlanta

Both Atlanta and LAFC can expect to be involved in the play-offs so next weekend’s clash at the Banc of California Stadium should give MLS punters a few indicators for the autumn’s title-deciding games, while LA Galaxy will be hoping to keep pace with their city rivals when they take on Portland. 

Published by Andie Hughes

Based in England, Andie Hughes is a freelance betting writer with over a decade of experience in the industry. Andie has written for ESPN, Betfair, Sporting Life, and Boylesports, and can be contacted at andiehughes73@gmail.com.

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