MLS Playoff Betting Odds
There will always be MLS Cup betting lines available before and during the campaign, but some folks like to wait for the playoffs to begin to predict who will win the trophy. With a new format in place starting in 2019, teams won’t be playing a home-and-home series to advance in the post-season tournament.
A single-elimination process has been put in place with the revision of the MLS playoff system, so we will no longer have series betting options. So, instead of having two legs and a home game for each team, the seedings will determine placement and it will be a win-or-go-home scenario in each respective conference right through the MLS Cup Finals.
That simplifies MLS Playoff betting, but eliminates a lot of MLS futures betting options. With only one game being played to advance, there are no series betting options anymore. Instead, bettors can put their action on which team will win the Eastern Conference, Western Conference, and then use the MLS betting lines on a game-by-game basis during the regular season.
More often than not, the home teams will be favored after earning their positions in the MLS playoffs, and the betting lines will reflect as much. Upsets come as expected, and the proof comes in the Supporters Shield numbers along with other factors, of course.
Through 2018, there have been 23 MLS seasons played and only eight teams have won the league’s Supporters Shield, which goes to the team with the best regular-season record, and gone on to win the MLS Cup.