MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Chicago vs New England
Friday, October 2nd, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: With the Chicago Fire eliminated from post-season contention, the New England Revolution enter the match at Toyota Park needing a result of any nature to secure a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
The Revolution enter this weekend trailing the New York Red Bulls by a single point at the top of the conference and, with a draw or a win, can clinch their way to the playoffs hoping to get back to the MLS finals as they did a season ago. New England has only suffered one loss since theirJuly 11thouting against the Red Bulls, a span covering 10 games with their lone defeat coming in Montreal two weekends ago.
The Revolution blew their opportunity to clinch a playoff berth last weekend, as they hosted the Union at Gillette Stadium and could only muster up a point after a 1 - 1 draw. Lee Nguyen got the scoring started in the game with a converted penalty kick in the 36th minute, but the Union's Fernando Aristeguieta leveled the game at one just after the hour mark with neither side able to break the deadlock.
The Revolution will only have two more opportunities to find points in October, as they will have two weeks to prepare for their last home outing of the regular season against Montreal, before finishing out the year on the road against NYCFC at Yankee Stadium onOctober 25.
What can we say about the Fire other than the fact that this season was an absolute disaster. Riding a five-game losing streak into this weekend's home outing, the Fire has 18 losses and only 27 points in the Eastern Conference standings, and never really got on track this year.
After letting Frank Yallop go on September 20, Brian Bliss took over on an interim basis and has gone 0 - 2 in Yallop's place. Not that he was given much to work with though, as the team was in the midst of a three-game losing streak, and already close to elimination regardless. One bit of news from the Fire home page comes about player personnel and international roster spots.
With David Accam and Adailton receiving United States green cards this week, the two players have been granted permanent residence in the U.S, which will open up two more international roster positions headed towards next season.
Accam has scored a team-leading nine goals while adding two assists, afterjoining the Fire from Swedish Allsvenskan side Helsingborgs IF in December of 2014
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
New England leads the recent series with 5 Wins, 3 Losses and 2 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Chicago Pk +105
NE Pk -125
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Is anyone out there as shocked as we are to see a reasonable -125 offer on the Revolution's Pk Draw no Bet action?
That line seems almost too good to be true, as the Fire are simply looking to next season, aiming to fill four international roster spots that just became available to them.
That will certainly aid the future, but there is nothing coming to help the Fire now.
The Revolution have got to take advantage of the worst team in MLS if they want to be seen as a threat to again reach the finals, as a loss to the Fire this weekend is simply unacceptable.
Chicago has essentially only played at home this year, as we know they have not found a single win away from Toyota Park this season.
The line setters seem a bit unsure of what to expect here, offering a +145 on the Revs 3-Way line, and a +195 towards the Fire at home.
Do they think this will be the magic day that the Fire decide to show up, now that they have not a single reason to play other than to spoil someone else's chase for the post-season?
We are not buying in to that story at all, and gladly offering that Pk Draw no Bet handicap offer on the Revs at -125.
The Revolution will walk out of Toyota Park with a result of some nature, and if they can only manage a draw, at least it won't hurt us a bit, although it could make their lives difficult in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.