MLS thrilling from qualifying[/b] Dave Farrar predicts the new format will benefit teams who showed consistency, but form going into the first round of Playoffs can still sway the football tips[/b]
So this weekend we will go swiftly from 14 post-season teams down lớn eight, as the new MLS Playoff format adds more drama, and gives significantly more advantage to those teams who played well in the regular season.[/b] I really like the new NFL style format, and, should it work in a footballing context, I think that it's something that we may eventually see adopted in other Leagues around the world. Put bluntly, it's one-off games all the way, and the higher up you finished in the regular season, the more likely you are to be at home for each of the post-season matches, including MLS Cup- According to the soccer tip for today page![/b] Rather than pick three of the First Round games, here's a brief preview of all six of this weekend's matches.[/b] Atlanta do it again[/b] Atlanta United v New England Revolution[/b] Saturday, 18:00[/b]
Live on FreeSports and Sky Sports Football[/b] Atlanta beat New England on the final day of the regular season, and did so comfortably by two clear goals, and there's no real reason lớn oppose them here, for all Bruce Arena's post-season mojo.[/b] This is Arena's 50th career playoff match, and the question is whether he can bring that experience to bear against a team who appear to have timed their post-season run perfectly. Josef Martinez is fully fit, Frank De Boer has a full complement of players, and I think that they're the likeliest team lớn cause an upset in the march to MLS Cup.[/b] New England are improving, but have won just once since the 24th August, and for all of the quality of the excellent Carles Gil, I think that they'll come up short here, possibly again by two clear goals.[/b] Dallas shaken in Seattle[/b] Seattle Sounders v FC Dallas[/b] Saturday, 20:30[/b] Live on Sky Sports Football[/b] I'm surprised lớn see Seattle as big as 1.80 to beat FC Dallas at CenturyLink Field. This may not be a vintage Sounders team, but they remain strong at home, and are now unbeaten in nine against FC Dallas.[/b] Dallas are awful travellers, losing four of their last six away, and winning only three road games all season. They did get a 0-0 draw at Seattle three weeks ago, but were extremely fortunate to do so, and even though they won 6-0 on the final day of the season lớn seal their playoff spot, they did so against a beleaguered SKC side, who gave up in the second half.[/b] Zdenek Ondrasek is in great form, and carries the hopes of the Texans into this game, but if Seattle can keep him quiet, they have more than enough quality to come out on top here, probably with some comfort.[/b]
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