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MLS Odds: How To Read and Bet Major League Soccer Odds

Major League Soccer is the face of what American soccer is all about. Over the years, the MLS market has begun gaining popularity within the sports betting market. It has even gained attention in the European markets. 

The increase in the popularity of sports betting has led to multiple opportunities for MLS betting. This means there are plenty of MLS odds to look for and bet on. 

Understanding The Moneyline 

Reading the lines for MLS will not be difficult to do, and they are sometimes referred to as American odds. This betting type is very common in America, hence the nickname. 

Moneyline odds are typically shown in the format of three options, such as -150, +150, or Even (+100). MLS Vegas odds might have these numbers closer or further apart, depending on the matchup. 

Las Vegas MLS odds can look something like this:

DC United:+383
New York Red Bulls:-149

Placing a $100 bet on United would net you $383 if they win. To win $100 on the Red Bulls, you would need to wager $149. United is considered the underdog here due to the plus sign, while the Red Bulls are the favorite since they have a minus sign. 

MLS Spread Bets

When placing any bet on MLS, you are not limited to just the moneyline bet. Others include spread bets, totals, futures, and prop bets. 

Spread bets are an attempt made by a bookie to help handicap a team that is expected to win. This means they will provide a specific set of numbers to go by. 

For example, let us use the moneyline teams again. 

DC United:+1.5
New York Red Bulls-1.5

We already know that the Red Bulls are the favorite with the minus sign. For this bet, they must win the game by at least two or more goals. 

United has to win the game outright or lose by no more than one goal for that bet to win. Each one has some options to think about here. 

MLS Totals Bet

The totals bet, or often referred to as the over/under bet, simply depends on both teams' total number of points. These numbers will be given by the sportsbook. 

For example, a sportsbook might have the totals bet set at 3.5. This means that if you bet over, you are expecting the game to go to at least four or more points with both teams points combined. If you bet under, you expect the score to be three or fewer points scored total. 

MLS Futures Bet

The name futures somewhat gives away the type of bet this is. You are looking at odds for events out in the future.  

This could be a combination of odds given to you by the sportsbook. Think of MLS playoff odds, MLS Finals odds, and even early MLS season odds. 

Las Vegas MLS odds will have differences in future bets. So it is important to check the odds often for whatever futures you are looking at. 

MLS Prop Bets 

Prop bets are another fun way to bet on MLS games. Some examples include the following:

  • Half Time/Full Time - if you can predict who will be leading before the half or after the half, this is an excellent option for you
  • Corner Props - think about how many corners take place in a game, especially if a team is a great offensive one attacking a great defense one. 
  • Next Goal - for live betting options, you could place a bet on who you think will score next.  
  • Cards - which team will get a penalty first

As you can see, these bets are not entirely relying on the outcome of the game. They are just fun bets that have some relation to what is going on in the game.


Any influences on the MLS odds?

There are a handful of different scenarios that can affect the odds of an MLS game. These can be injuries, amount of travel, lack of rest between games, and trades. 

How can I practice my MLS betting strategy with these odds?

The best way to practice an MLS betting strategy with any of the betting types found above is to write down a prediction. This way, you can mark your thoughts on what will occur, and then you can compare the results. Finally, you will then see how you did and if that bet type is right for you. 

Is the moneyline bet for MLS more difficult?

In most sports, you have the easy choice of deciding between two teams on who will be the winner. In MLS, that is not strictly the case. 

This bet has become slightly more difficult in nature, only because there is a chance for a tie. So really, your odds have gone from 50 percent down to about 33 percent. 

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