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Atlanta United and Sporting Kansas are firm favourites to progress to MLS final

According to the bookmakers, we are set to see Atlanta United and Sporting Kansas City in the 2018 MLS final - although we all know that football isn’t always quite that simple.

New York Red Bulls have it all to do in their second leg against Atlanta United after a crushing 3-0 defeat in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the first leg.

A 95th minute third goal was a crucial blow for Chris Armas’ side, which is now 9-1 with Bet365 to make it to the MLS Cup final.

Red Bulls are fancied to win the second leg, best priced at 10-11 with Paddy Power, who are odds-on with every major bookmaker.

Inevitably, Bradley Wright-Phillips is favourite to open the scoring at 7-2, who will be hoping to add to his 20 goals already this campaign.

To kill off the tie almost entirely, Josef Martinez, who opened the scoring in the first leg, is best priced at 24-5 with Unibet to break Red Bull hearts.

Portland Timbers were unable to take advantage of a home first leg against Sporting Kansas City with a scoreless draw last Sunday. That appears to have put Kansas firmly in the driving seat, as the home team is just 1-2 to win in 90 minutes and is even shorter to qualify.

There’s plenty of value among the Kansas City first goalscorer markets, with top goalscorers Dániel Sallói and Johnny Russell heading the market at 4-1 and 5-1 respectively.

Another goalless draw can be backed at 14-1, while the shortest-priced victory for the host is 1-0 within 90 minutes at 7-1.

If however, you fancy the 2015 MLS winner to reach its second final in four years, you can back Portland Timbers at 7-4 with SkyBet.

Siding with the underdogs will serve you up a massive 25-1 double for both Red Bulls and Portland to face each other in the final, if you believe there are a couple more twists and turns this campaign.

By Nathan Joyes
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