MLS Bets: Count On LAFC Attack To Control Home Match Against Charlotte FC

Say a prayer for Charlotte FC's defense.

The Major League Soccer expansion side faces its toughest test of the 2022 season to date when it visits Los Angeles FC on Saturday night.

LAFC scored multiple goals in each of the last five games and in seven of the last eight matches. Every cog of the Black-and-Gold's attack looks strong at the moment and it the Supporters' Shield leader should take it to the Charlotte defense.

LAFC is one of the biggest money line favorites of the MLS season at -295 on DraftKings Sportsbook. You can't justify that bet, but there are other ways to take advantage of the team's high-flying attack.

There are a few other mismatches on paper that are worth looking at as well, including one featuring the team directly beneath LAFC in the Western Conference standings.

MLS Bets

Overall Record: 36-38

Charlotte FC at Los Angeles FC (-1.5; -105) (Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET)

LAFC Total Goals Over 2.5 (+115)

LAFC has an unstoppable attack at the moment.

Steve Cherundolo's side produced eight goals in the last three games, 13 goals in the last five matches and it found the back of the net three or four times on eight occasions this season.

Charlotte comes into Banc of California Stadium with concessions of three or four goals in three of its last four matches. The expansion side conceded three to Inter Miami and Chicago and four against Toronto FC.

Charlotte is 1-2-9 on the road with a -14 goal differential and it let up at least two goals in nine of its 12 road games.

LAFC could have a name-your-score type night if the form of the two sides shines through on Saturday night.

D.C. United at New England Revolution (-180) (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET)

D.C. United were handed a dose of reality over their last two games, a road loss to Charlotte FC and a scoreless draw with the New York Red Bulls.

The Black-and-Red are still a mess in the back, and if it was not for a miracle comeback against Orlando City in Wayne Rooney's first official game in charge, we would be talking about a team in the middle of a miserable losing run.

Rooney faces one of the biggest managerial mismatches in MLS on Saturday night, when he goes up against Bruce Arena's New England Revolution.

The Revs are coming off a really nice 3-0 road win over Orlando City and they have three straight clean sheets going into Saturday night.

New England's clean sheet streak is the most notable stat for this match. D.C.'s expected goals total has been under one in four of its last five games. The only xG total over one from D.C. came in the come-from-behind win over Orlando in which it failed to do anything right for about 60 minutes.

The Revs are the more complete team at the moment and their defensive form should shut down a D.C. attack that has some nice pieces, but has not produced the numbers recently to be backed.

Sporting Kansas City at Austin FC (-155) (Saturday, 9 p.m. ET)

Austin FC Total Goals Over 1.5 (-160)

Sporting Kansas City is the only MLS team with a worse road goal differential than D.C. United.

The last-place team in the Western Conference carries a -18 goal differential into Q2 Stadium to play Austin FC on Saturday night.

Sporting KC conceded on multiple occasions in seven of its 13 road games and it gave up three goals to Real Salt Lake in its last road trip.

Austin has not had any trouble finding the back of the net. The second-year side bagged multiple goals in six of the last seven games behind Golden Boot leader Sebastian Driussi.

Driussi enters Saturday on a three-game scoring streak and with goals in five of his last seven appearances. His goal-scorer prop sits at even-money. The only hesitancy to picking him on Saturday would be all the traveling he did to and from Minnesota for the MLS All-Star Game festivities.

Austin should win the match fairly easily and it needs that after dropping some points at home recently against San Jose and the New York Red Bulls.

Goalscorer Round Robin

Cristian Arango (LAFC, +115)

Sebastian Driussi (Austin, +100)

Gyasi Zardes (Colorado, +160)

Brandon Vazquez (FC Cincinnati, +115)

Romell Quioto (CF Montreal, +185)

Cristian Arango scored nine of his 11 goals in the last 10 games.

Arango is coming off a two-goal performance against Real Salt Lake and should have plenty of chances against Charlotte FC.

Driussi is the league's leading scorer and he should receive many opportunities to find the back of the net against the league's worst road defense in Sporting KC.

Gyasi Zardes, Brandon Vazquez and Romell Quioto are all playing against their former clubs. Vazquez has four goals in his last three games. Quioto has a pair of multi-goal performances in two of his last three starts. Zardes is coming off a hat-trick at home and has five goals in his last five matches.

The goal here is to cash on at least three scorers. Four of the five players chosen are at home and Quioto is on the road against an average Houston defense.

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