MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Portland vs Chicago
Thursday, August 6th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Chicago Fire make their last appearance on the west coast in the regular season, as they head to Providence Park to take on the Portland Timberson Fridaynight.The Fire will not travel any further west than their home state of Illinois from here on out, and look to build on the momentum of taking out first place Dallas in the Western Conference last weekend.
With their 2 - 0 shutout of Dallas this past weekend, combined with the Union's 3 - 1 loss to the Red Bulls, the Fire is now tied with Philadelphia with 22 points at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table. The Fire will be facing the Union twice in five days upon leaving the west coast, as the two will meet for the U.S Open Cup semi's onAugust 12at PPL Park, and remain at PPL Park for their MLS match next weekend.
The U.S Soccer Federation announced that if the Fire progresses to the finals, they will be the host of the final game at Toyota Stadium on September 30.
Since first taking part in the U.S Open Cup in 1998, the Fire have accumulated a 39 - 12 - 4 record, including an extremely obnoxious 26 - 1 - 1 record in matches played in the state of Illinois.
They have reached the semifinal round 12 times, and been to the final game six times. The Fire has taken home the Dewar Trophy four times in their history, which came in the 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006 seasons.
Sporting Kansas City hosts Real Salt Lake at Sporting Parkon Wednesdayto decide the other finalist.
With the transfer window closing on August 6, the Fire brought in Trinidad and Tobago defender Daniel Cyrus, who is in the process of clearing his P1 visa to play in the United States. Cyrus started all three games for T&T in the Gold Cup, helping the team take Group C, before losing to Panama in the quarterfinals.
Chicago will be without Matt Watson for two games after being sent off with a red card last weekend. The disciplinary committee decided that an extra game was deserved with an additional monetary fine. Mike Magee and Chris Ritter are both on the MLS injury report and are expected to miss this weekend's match as well.
Portland enters theFridaynight battle at home after a scoreless draw with the San Jose Earthquakes last weekend. The road point was good enough to increase their playoff position to fifth place in the Western Conference.
Alvas Powell is likely out for the Timbers this weekend, while Liam Ridgewell and Diego Chara must avoid a booking this weekend that would earn them a suspension for accumulated yellow cards.
As noted below, the Timbers have never lost to Chicago in five all-time MLS meetings, although the two have played to a draw in each of their last two meetings.
The Timbers picked up Jamaican forward Michael Seaton from D.C. United this week in exchange for targeted allocation money and an international roster slot. Seaton played in the Gold Cup for Jamaica on their run to the final game against Mexico, which they lost 3 - 1, and has 13 international caps to his credit since making his senior debut with the Reggae Boys in November.
Last 5 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met 5 times in MLS action, with Portland leading the series having 3 Wins and 2 Draws, having never lost to the Fire.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Portland -0.5 -150
Chicago +0.5 +130
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Just because Portland found a way to stump San Jose last weekend, does not even remotely suggest that much has changed for this Timbers defense.
Chicago can score, and will likely give this Timber back line all they can handle, while Portland has scored at least one goal in their last six home games.
We could expect a possible 1 - 1 draw here, but for some reason we expect that third sneaky goal to come late and give the Timbers a home win, but the -150 on the home side line is obviously way out of our comfort zone.
2 - 1 Portland is the call, and the Over 2.5 is the play at -120 for theFridaynight battle at Providence Park.