MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Chicago vs Seattle
Friday, July 10th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Chicago Fire may have a long tenure in MLS, but since Seattle has entered the league, they have dominated the Fire like no other team. In 11 all-time meetings between MLS and the U.S Open Cup, Seattle has won eight of those affairs while drawing three times, leaving the Fire winless time and again.
Seattle as we know, are facing a time without their two biggest names up front, as both Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins continue to be out of the lineup. The return of Dempsey is more defined, as he will return to action upon finishing the Gold Cup, as he partakes with the U.S National team, but Martins injury could cost him to be out for a longer duration.
Brad Evans and Marco Pappa will be out of action, as well as GK Stefan Frei, who suffered an injury in the match against United last weekend.
Seattle was facing a three-match losing streak entering last weekend's game with DC United, which ultimately cost them first place in the Western Conference, as Vancouver had overtaken the lead.
The Sounders took advantage of an early exit from DC United's Fabian Espindola, who was shown a straight red card just before the half-hour mark of the match. United backed up all 10 men, and appeared to have the draw in hand, until Tyrone Mears scooped up a loose ball at the top of the 18-yard box, and slammed home the game winner with a one touch gem inside the far post in the 88th minute.
The Chicago Fire will be competing in the quarterfinals of the U.S Open Cup without having to play a club outside of the USL level thus far. The Fire has beaten Louisville and Charlotte, but are winless in their last five MLS outings.
The Fire appeared to be headed to their fifth consecutive league loss last weekend against the Houston Dynamo, after a first half that was about as ugly as we have seen from anyone in the league.
The match remained 0 - 0 until the 56th minute, as Houston's Alex connected with Brad Davis to find the net, after coming on as a sub just three minutes earlier.
Chicago's Patrick Nyarko was making his first start since returning from ACL surgery, and wasted no time finding the score sheet. Nyarko's goal in the 72nd minute leveled the game at one, as each team settled for a point from the resulting draw.
Last 9 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met 9 times in MLS action, and Seattle has never lost to Chicago. The Sounders have 6 Wins and 3 Draws in the 9 all-time MLS meetings, as well as two wins in U.S Open Cup play.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Chicago -0.5 +100
Seattle +0.5 -120
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
This is no easy match to predict, simply due to the fact that Seattle is without so many regulars who usually have a tremendous impact on the outcome of games.
Chicago is getting healthy, and the return of Nyarko could not have come a better time, as the Fire is still muddling at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
The Fire is the only team in all of MLS to have not drawn at home this season, having 4 Wins and 4 Losses in 8 games played at Toyota Park this season.
This could be a long day in the park for these two clubs, and we agree with the line setters that we will not see much scoring back and forth in this one.
We are offering the Draw play at +240, as the Fire's Frank Yallop has revealed thatEric Gehrig and Matt Polster would be the centerback pairing this weekend. The two have not spent much time together, so we expect at least one breakdown in communication that will cost this team a goal.
A 1 - 1 likely scoreline is the expectation we are putting on this match, so the Draw goes in as our recommendation.