WITH top European leagues still in hibernation the focus this weekend moves across the pond.

Interest in the MLS has been revived with the arrival of players such as Steven Gerrard – who made a scoring LA Galaxy debut last night – and Frank Lampard.

David Villa is in sparkling form for New York City and Robbie Keane – who bagged a hat-trick last night – netted a gem for Galaxy last week. While league action continues this weekend the international team are in Gold Cup action and face a quarter-final against Cuba on Saturday night.

Jurgen Klinsmann's side kicked off as tournament favourites ahead of Mexico having warmed up with friendly wins against Holland and Germany.

But they haven't impressed in the Gold Cup with two 1-0 wins before drawing a weakened team drew 1-1 with Panama having already won Group A.

Klinsmann's men have landed lucky having been paired with a Cuba side who lost their first two games 6-0 and 2-0 they nailed a best third spot with a 1-0 success over Guatemala.

Cuba haven't just conceded goals – they've lost players too with four of them defecting to the USA after matches. It means they are down to 19 players and USA are a best 1-8 with Coral to win tonight.

The sides have met five times with USA winning all by an aggregate of 20-3. That's an average of four a game so I'm looking to back the US minus two (8-13, Betway) or minus three (6-4, Paddy Power). If you fancy the co-hosts to bag four or more you can have evens with Coral.

Klinsmann rested Clint Dempsey against Panama but he will be back in the starting line-up and 3-1 at Betfred to score first.

Jamaica have performed well in the tournament and look a decent bet at 6-4 with Ladbrokes to beat Haiti in the second quarter-final (1am).

And so we return to the MLS – and Villa. The former Spain star netted a double in a thrilling 4-4 draw with Toronto last week and should be on target again at New England in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Villa is 9-5 at McBookie to net and 5-1 with Ladbrokes and Paddy Power to score first. Defensive lapses cost City last week but I'm surprised to see them as big as 29-10 to win at a Revolution side who have lost five in a row with the last two defeats by three goals to Red Bulls and Dallas.

City must be worth a look at 19-10 with McBookie and BetVictor draw no bet and 20-23 at boylesports not to lose.

Recommended Bets

USA -3 AH (10pm) WIN
(1-1, Coral)

Dempsey to score first WIN
(3-1, Betfred)

Villa to score (12.30am, Sun) LOST
(9-5, McBookie, BetVictor)

New York City not to lose LOST
(20-23, boylesports)

  1. Shibby 7 years ago

    I like the look of these Mr Fix It, I also backed New York or draw (double chance) at 20/23 with Betvictor yesterday morning. Looks too good to turn down for me at that price, especially considering revolutions last 5 games :)

  2. Wattie 7 years ago

    Think ur New York not to lose tip mr f looks a great price based on current form although most of new England’s recent defeats av come away from home having tipped villa anytime last week I will b on him again @9/5 he’s on fire at the moment n its a great price! p power r offering 6/1 for villa to score And new york win? temptin me thinks! also think for the big hitters out there betways offer ov 9/20 for New York just to score is a gift I will b on that big time good luck all today

  3. Shibby 7 years ago

    Sounds good that Wattie, great price as I fancy Villa to score also, he’s been playing great lately and I’m sure he can continue the form. Good point about NER losses being away from home. However, I feel NYC have found their form and turned their season around. Lampard will be in the crowd also so I’d think that would motivate the whole squad.

  4. Wattie 7 years ago

    Shibby good luck mate hope we can win some cash :)

  5. Alves 7 years ago

    Wouldn’t go anywhere near the -3 AH v anybody in this comp

  6. Wattie 7 years ago

    Alves I agree mate think USA shud win easy enough but not my kind ov bet to b honest I fancy clint Dempsey to score anytime but 4/6 is bit short was hopin for around evens good luck alves if ur havin a bet on anythin in the game!

  7. Alves 7 years ago

    Wattie they let me down on a free bet for £140+ on a double -1 v Panama where they won 1-0 so not going anywhere near them again this tourney, seem to be better to bet on in friendlies and if they keep going the way it’s bn could well be ££ to be made next couple friendlies. It was the youngsters that beat Holland and Germany away mainly I think but would rather have a bet on the arrows and get a few days ££ worth :)

  8. Wattie 7 years ago

    Alves once bitten twice shy can’t blame u mate I stopped backin burton last season they were flyin and seemed to win every game I didn’t back them but Neva won for me so stopped backin them good luck with ur friendlies mate

  9. Shibby 7 years ago

    Fingers crossed lads. Won’t be backing US -3, not a great price.

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