MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI Philadelphia vs Chicago
Friday, March 27th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire will both be looking for their first win of the 2015 season, when they meet at Toyota ParkSundayon ESPN2 at4 PMCentral time. In their three meetings last year, no one could manage a victory with the two playing to three draws. The first two draws came right here in Chicago, and the last was at the Union's PPL Park as 2014 came to a close.
The Union will not really be impacted by international competitions this weekend, and should see their familiar lineup taking the field. That, however, has not helped them find a win on the young season, with two draws and a loss last weekend against Dallas to show so far.
They have been held to a clean sheet twice this year, which came opening day when they hosted Colorado, and last weekend against Dallas.We did see them break out offensively when they visited Real Salt Lake in week 2, with 3 goals to their credit, but they allowed 3 of their own, and could only manage to take a point from their first road trip of 2015.
The Fire will be without Shaun Maloney and David Accam, who are serving international duty this week for their respective nations. It took Chicago until a half hour into their third game to find their first goal on the season, which came last week when they helped San Jose open Avaya Stadium. They found themselves down 2 - 0 just over 20 minutes into the match, and did a great job winning the possession battle with almost 60% of the game spent with the ball at their feet.
Chicago is the only team thus far to have not taken a single point on the young season, sitting in the Eastern Conference basement as we head to week 4.
Last 13 MLS Meetings:
These two have met 13 times in their MLS history, with Philly leading the series having 5 wins, 4 losses and 4 draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Philadelphia Pk +110
Chicago Pk -130
Total O/U 2.5:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction Quick Analysis:
After getting down 2 - 0 early in the San Jose game, they did manage to buckle down and keep the Earthquakes at bay, but neither team really did a thing in the second half. There was only one combined shot on goal in the second half, and if ugly is a term we can use, then we will use it here.
Chicago has essentially been that 'ugly' all season up to this point, but luckily for them, Philadelphia has not been exactly playing much better. Both teams desperately need 3 points at this juncture, as the longer the winless streak rolls on, the more pressure it put on them as the weeks go on.
At least Philadelphia has had some moderate success in scoring, with five goals to show for their three efforts. The best of which came, as we mentioned, in Utah against Real SL, whenAristeguietamanaged to find the net twice, although the third goal was an own goal. Those are reasons why one needs to know the how and why these goals come, and not just look at results on paper to make suggestions for action.
The only feasible line we see offered here is the Philadelphia Pk, Draw no Bet handicap line of +110, basically because, so far, no one is buying what Chicago is selling right now. Until the Fire shows us more with not just keeping possession, but converting that time into goal-scoring opportunities, we cannot suggest that anyone can put their hard earned money on this team.
The Philly handicap will work in this spot, and if they draw, no harm done, and we carry our money into next weekend's action.