The top two teams in the MLS Western Division meet Friday night in the first game after the Orlando tournament as first place Sporting KC travel to second place Minnesota United.
These teams met in a thrilling group game last month in Orlando with Minnesota United erasing a 1-0 deficit with two goals in stoppage time to win 2-1 after Sporting KC goalie Tim Melia was sent off. Friday night’s game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET at Allianz Field in St. Paul on ESPN+.
These teams have met nine times in MLS games and twice in the US Open Cup since Minnesota United joined the league in 2017. In the MLS games Sporting KC has four wins while Minnesota United has three and there have been two draws. Both teams have won a fourth round US Open Cup game with SKC winning in 2017 and MUNFC winning last year at home.
The Premier League continues next week! The games will be played behind closed doors because of the COVID-19 pandemic and we will have an exciting contest on Thursday when Aston Villa hosts Manchester United.
Aston Villa lost 2-0 on the road against Liverpool on Sunday while Manchester United beat Bournemouth at home 5-2 last Saturday. Aston Villa is 18th in the Premier League standings with 27 points in 33 games, fighting to avoid relegation while Manchester United is in fifth place with 55 points in 33 games.
Let's take a closer look at where the value is in this matchup.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced last Saturday that major professional sports competitions such as La Liga, may resume from June 8. This means that Lionel Messi and other football stars will be returning to the field in just a few weeks. This, of course, is a decision widely welcomed by soccer fans as well as those of us at Bet Sports Online.
La Liga was suspended last March 12 when Real Madrid had to go into quarantine. One of the basketball players in their sporting club tested positive for the Coronavirus. This prompted La Liga to temporarily stop the season. Those who run bookie pay per head operations have been waiting for the league to restart its season since then.
During the 2014 World Cup, the Costa Rican National Team surprised everyone by making it to the Quarter Finals. This year, may be different as they are starting in a very difficult group comprised of Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia. However, in the last World Cup they were in a similar group and beat everyone’s expectation. So the big question this year is Can Costa Rica make it to the World Cup Quarter Finals again?
Naturally, everyone in Costa Rica is hoping that the “Tricolor” will do as well if not better this year. Unfortunately, Costa Rica is in Group E with Brazil which is a 9/2 World Cup favorite. In comparison, Costa Rica ranks at the bottom of the ladder with 750/1 odds to win the World Cup.
However, many hopefuls and sports handicappers believe that lightning can strike again for Costa Rica because of several reasons.
Tomorrow starts the Round of 16 of the EUFA Euro Cup and for those who have not noticed, the bracket is definitively one sided as we have England, Germany, Spain and France on one side and the rest on the other side.
What does this mean? It means that we will be seeing some of the strongest teams exiting early while at the same time seeing some teams that have never won a title make it to the finals.
Of course, some sports handicapping experts believe that with this roster, Belgium should be on the other side as they believe that this year Belgium has one of the best team in Europe and has won back-to-back games at the Euro for the first time ever.