MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Montreal vs Chicago
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Chicago Fire have everything going against them as they enter their mid-week match with the Montreal Impact. Riding a three-game losing streak and still the last remaining team to have won a road game in 2015, the Fire are on the brink of playoff elimination with five games still left on their schedule.
Should the Fire lose this week to the Impact, they would put themselves down 12 points to the Impact in the Eastern Conference standings with four games left to go. In five appearances at Stade Saputo, the Fire has yet to win a game in Montreal in their history.
Changes were inevitable for the Illinois-based team, and they finally came this week as Frank Yallop was released from his coaching duties this pastSundayafter losing their third straight game in a home loss to Orlando City.Brian Bliss was named interim head coachon Monday, withInterim Assistant Coach Logan Pause also being promoted by the team.
Chicago will finish their September schedule with two games across the northern border, with a stop on deck in Toronto this weekend, giving the men in red just a couple of days to prepare for a second outing on the road that could seal their playoff fate.
In the two previous meetings between the team this season, the home team took three points on both occasions. The Fire defeated the Impact 3 - 0 at Toyota Park onMay 30, and Montreal got by the Fire 4 - 3 at Stade Saputo on September 5 on the strength of a Didier Drogba hat-trick.
With a nine-point lead on the Fire holding the sixth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference, the Impact can essentially put out the flame for the Fire on any chance of a playoff berth. The Impact would have a 12-point lead, and have six games remaining on their schedule to the Fire's four, giving the Canadian-based side two games in hand to go with the points lead.
The Impact started their three-game home stand with a decisive 3 - 0 victory over the New England team that was scorching hot coming into last weekend's match at Stade Saputo.
With three different goal scorers for the Impact in the win, Johan Venegas got the evening started with a 5th minute goal to give Montreal an early 1 - 0 lead. Drogba added his fourth goal of the season to make it 2 - 0 on the hour mark and, despite Marco Donadel being sent off the field with a red card for the Impact, Dilly Duka made it 3 - 0 to seal the win in the 76th minute.
The Impact will only have two days to prepare for their weekend home game against fading DC United, who can't seem to find a win recently either.
Montreal will need to finish this homestand strong, because four straight road games in October stare at them as the year winds down to its final stages of the regular season.
Marco Donadel is naturally suspended for the Impacton Wednesday, while Patric Bernier and Justin Mapp will be out with injuries for Montreal.
There is nothing to report on the Chicago side of the ball pertaining to injuries or suspensions other than Adailton who has been out long term for the Fire.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have actually met exactly 10 times in their MLS history, and neither side has an edge in the numbers.
We are tied with each team holding 3 Wins, while the two have played to 4 Draws.
On a side note, no road team has ever taken three points in all ten meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Montreal -0.5 -135
Chicago +0.5 +115
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
It may be too late to bring in a new head coach for the Fire, as they would need to win all five remaining games, and still need some help along the way to actually gain entry to the post-season, but that is why they play the games because anything can happen, right?
Not so much this year, as it is essentially already over in our minds when it comes to the Fire's chances as all five remaining games on the Fire's schedule are against playoff contending teams.
Some people love the 'new coach, new attitude' approach when it comes to making plays, but we are not of the same cloth, and do not see the loss of Frank Yallop with only five games left as a better chance for the Fire.
We are agreeing with the line setters on this one, and will have to drink the juice with the -135 line offering on the 3-Way 1x2 line on the home side.
Montreal also knows what's at stake for them here, and they can basically put themselves in a nice position with a home win having three teams only separated by three points on their heels.
Montreal at -135 to take all three points outright on the 3-Way line is the best option we face, so it is the recommendation on the match we provide.