MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Chicago vs Columbus
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew wrap up their regular season series over the next week, as the two teams prepare for a home and home series over the next five days. After a 2 - 2 affair could not decide a winner from the first meeting between the clubs in May at MAPFRE Stadium, the two will gear up for the third meeting of the year back in Columbuson Sunday.
With each team having played league games on July 11, the back-to-back outings between the teams will have them on the field three times in nine days. Columbus continued its dismal road results last weekend, losing 3 - 0 to Montreal at Stade Saputo, and for some reason, this Crew team cannot figure out how to put a game plan together when they leave MAPFRE Stadium.
We have discussed it all season, and have gladly profited from their disappointing results away from home.
Montreal got off to a hot start against Columbus this past weekend, scoring twice before the 10-minute mark, while limiting the Crew to zero shots on goal in the first half. On paper, the Crew completely dominated the second half of play, controlling the possession battle while out shooting the Impact 15 - 8. Impact keeper Evan Bush stopped all five shots on net from the Crew, and the Impact added a third goal in the 80th minute from Dominic Oduro to earn the three points.
Columbus has now played nine regular season games on the road in 2015, and have been outscored 17 - 6 in those outings. Things will not get better when they face the Fire in Chicago, as they have not won there since October of 2006, spanning 13 games including U.S Open Cup competitions.
Chicago took advantage of a depleted Seattle Sounders roster last weekend, getting a 1 - 0 result at home, after two straight losses at Toyota Park entering the match. It took until the 92nd minute to find the lone goal in transition that came from a beautiful entry pass from Michael Stevens, who spotted Jason Johnson making a run down the right side of the field.
Johnson took a one-touch stop to create some space inside the 18-yard box, brought the ball further inside and slammed home a left-footed dart to the far post, to send the home crowd into an absolute frenzy.
The Fire remains at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table, but is only six points out of the final playoff spot, and only trails Montreal and NYCFC by three points.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Chicago leads the recent series with 5 Wins, 3 Losses and 2 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Chicago Pk -145
Columbus Pk +125
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
There is not much analysis needed for this one, as the Crew has more than shown us that they simply cannot get results away from home. And it gets even worse when you look back at the history of this series, as we mentioned it has been nine years since the Crew has beaten Chicago on the road.
Throw in the momentum that will come from the Fire scoring in the 92nd minute last weekend to get their first ever win over Seattle in their MLS history, and we have ourselves a prediction to get to with a decent price attached to it.
If +135 is the line offered on the 3-Way line with the Fire, then so be it.
We have been down on the Fire for the most part this year, and they have given us plenty of reason to be suspect from time to time, but until Columbus proves they can do anything outside of MAPFRE Stadium, there is nothing else to say.
Chicago and the +135 3-Way action to come away with three points, is the suggested offer we put on the board, and we will see you againon Sundaywhen the two meet again to wrap up the season series in Columbus.