MLS Season Preview 2018

MLS Season Preview 2018

It’s a new season ahead in the MLS with the games ongoing already. Here you can find the simulated MLS Season Preview 2018.

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Last season was all Toronto, who led the regular season and went all the way to lift the trophy after magnificent playoff-run. Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore got the job done up front and the defense was solid through and through. Toronto is still number one favorite according to both Accuscore’s simulations and sportsbooks.

Last year’s runners up, Seattle are still considered contenders but at least in regular season they’re no match for overwhelming Toronto. Portland gathers more points in the regular season as well, taking the top spot in the western conference. According to simulations, it’s once again extremely close down the line, with several teams fighting for top-2 seeding as well as the remaining playoff spots.

In the figure you can see Accuscore’s simulated season forecast for both conferences. First number on the left is the team’s overall projected position according to Accuscore’s simulations. The number on the right, after the point total indicates the team’s average position according to bookmakers.

POS

TEAM

PTS

Odds/POS

 

POS

TEAM

 

PTS

Odds/POS

2

Portland Timbers

65

4-5

 

1

Toronto

 

75

1

3

Seattle Sounders

60

2-3

 

4

New York RB

57

7-14

5

LA Galaxy

 

59

7-14

 

6

New York City

59

2-3

7

Dallas

 

57

6

 

8

Atlanta United

57

4-5

10

Sporting KC

54

7-14

 

9

Chicago Fire

56

7-14

12

Houston Dynamo

50

7-14

 

11

Orlando City

53

7-14

13

Real Salt Lake

48

7-14

 

14

Columbus Crew

47

7-14

15

Minnesota United

42

19-23

 

15

New England

44

19-23

18

SJ Earthquakes

38

18

 

16

Philadelphia Union

40

19-23

19

Van. Whitecaps

37

15-16

 

18

DC United

39

19-23

21

Los Angeles FC

37

17

 

23

Montreal Impact

34

15-16

22

Colorado Rapids

34

19-23

         

 

 

 

As we can see, the bookmakers are in a similar mind for the close race for the playoffs. There are eight teams with similar odds to win the cup in the middle of the pack, while the top teams of Toronto, New York City, Seattle and Atlanta go with the lowest odds. In Accuscore simulations, New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy are the most notable teams on the rise, while no surprises are seen at the bottom of the table.

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