The playoff battle is still very close as we reach the pointy end of the season. Bonus points are proving to be so important with 2nd to 5th having all won 9 games this season but separated by 7 points. You can catchup on the power rankings with The Runner Sports round-up.
Here is my video with my MLR 2019 Round 17 Predictions:
New Orleans Gold v Houston SaberCats – New Orleans Gold by 20
With the 3 bottom teams all facing playoff contenders, this week is going to be a fairly predictable one. When NOLA visited the SaberCats earlier this season the won by 38 points. I feel I might be being kind to the SaberCats by only predicting a 20 point margin. as their season really has fallen apart.
Glendale Raptors v Seattle Seawolves – Glendale Raptors by 5
This is by far the biggest game of the round. Not only is it a repeat of the final form last year but also it’s a key game with regards to the playoffs. The Raptors have to win this game as they are already 4 points behind the Seawolves in 4th place.
That plus the fact that they have still not lost at home in the MLR EVER means I have to go with the home side. However the Seawolves away form is much improved with 3 wins in their last 4 travels. That has dented my confidence and I think it’s going to be tight.
Utah Warriors v San Diego Legion – San Diego Legion by 10
Crazy stat for you, the Legion have only lost to expansion teams this season. Yup it’s going to be a comfortable away win. The Warriors only wins have been against the Elite who haven’t won a game all season. It’s bonus points that have the Warriors clear of the SaberCats so maybe there’ll be a LBP here.
Rugby United New York v Austin Elite – Rugby United New York by 15
The last time that the Elite managed to keep the losing margin to single figures was back in March. That was an 8 points away win for RUNY. I think that they will bounce back from their loss to the Seawolves last weekend and win by a bigger margin this time.
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