MLS Soccer Betting: Chicago Fire vs NY Red Bulls
Saturday, October 24th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The New York Red Bulls have the opportunity to clinch their second Supporters Shield in the last three seasons as they travel to Chicago to take on the Fire on the final weekend of the regular season. The Red Bulls have already ensured that the Eastern Conference playoffs will go through Red Bull Arena, but they enter #DecisionDay tied with Dallas from the Western Conference with 57 points.
With the tie-breaking scenarios in their favor, the Red Bulls need to win this weekend to not be affected by the Dallas result with San Jose in Texas. Should both Dallas and the Red Bulls win, the Red Bulls will be in a position to host the MLS Cup Finals if they progress through the Eastern Conference semifinals and finals, of course.
Dallas could potentially steal the Supporters Shield if they manage to make up the six goal differential currently in New York’s favor, but they are facing San Jose who also needs a big result this weekend to stay in the chase for their own post-season aspirations.
So much was written about in the New York media after both Thierry Henry retired and Tim Cahill moved on to the Chinese Super League in Asia. Numerous outlets called for a rebuilding period that might set the team back after reaching the Conference finals against New England last year.
The Red Bulls will be making their 15th post-season appearance this year, and their sixth in succession after missing out in the 2009 season. New York has yet to win a MLS championship, and has only appeared in one Cup Final that came in 2008. Columbus came away with the title that season with a 3 - 1 win at the home of the LA Galaxy, which was known as Home Depot Center at the time. We now refer to the complex as StubHub Center, after the name change in 2013.
Chicago has been at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings for most of the season, due to the fact that they went the entire year without a road win.
Last weekend was the Fire's last opportunity to salvage their winless road record, but they came up short in a 4 - 0 loss at RFK Stadium to help DC United remain in the hunt for second place in the East.
The Fire only took five points away from Toyota Park this year from five draws, while being handed 12 defeats in their 17 away outings, and were the first team officially eliminated from the playoffs on September 26.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Chicago leads the recent series with 6 Wins, 3 Losses and 1 Draw in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Chicago +0.5 -115
NYRB -0.5 -105
Total O/U 3:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
The line setters don't exactly seem convinced that the Red Bulls are coming out of their final road game with three points. They list the Eastern Conference leaders at a simple -105 on the 3-Way action.
The Fire have certainly played better at home this year, but face no pressure as they are simply on the clock for the first pick in the MLS Draft next season.
Does that make them a dangerous opponent for the Red Bulls?
We think not, so let's get to the prediction for the game.
At -105, there is no reason to shy away from the Red Bulls who have so much pending on this result.
We expect the New Yorkers to go out and finish what they started, as we discussed in their last game preview referring to comments made by Head Coach Jesse Marsch.
He expects them to come out with vigor and passion, and take what is in front of them. If you can't take advantage of the worst team in the league on the final day of the season, then good luck in the post-season!
The Red Bulls 3-Way action at -105 makes the board on Decision Day around MLS, expecting the Supporters Shield to be in their hands when it is all said and done.