MLS Soccer Betting: Chicago vs Dallas
Saturday, August 1st, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: FC Dallas looks to equal their team record sixth straight win when they lace up the boots at Toyota Park in Chicagothis Sundayto take on the Fire.The Texas-based club accomplished the six-game win streak back in 1999, by beating none other than the Chicago Fire to set the team record.
Dallas has outscored their opponents 13 - 2 during their five game win streak, and neither of the two goals scored against them should have ever happened. In the DC United game in which Dallas won 2 - 1, it was an own goal that was scored against them when defender Matt Hedges put the ball in to his net. Last weekend, with a 4 - 0 lead as time was winding down, Portland scored on a penalty kick in the 93rd minute, which could easily have been avoided.
What makes it seem too easy for Dallas is that they are in first place in the bolstered Western Conference, and are facing the last place team in the Eastern Conference entering the weekend. Chicago is also the only team left in the East to have not won a road game, as they have earned 16 of their 19 points this season at home.
One cool thing we see on the Chicago Fire home page is that they are giving away free tickets to the U.S Open Cup semifinal game against Philadelphia that will take place onAugust 12. If you are a Fire supporter and don't take advantage of that, we say "What the hell is wrong with you?"
The Fire will again face the Union just four days after their U.S Cup affair, both at PPL Park.
Chicago let a golden opportunity to earn a much needed three points go by the wayside last weekend, losing a 2 - 1 lead against New England eventually settling for a 2 - 2 draw and a single point at home.
The Fire has some notable injuries going into this weekend, as Mike Magee, Chris Ritter, Jeff Larentowicz and Ty Harden are all listed as out or doubtful on the MLS injury report.
Dallas has no injuries or suspensions this weekend, and have their full complement of players at Óscar Pareja's disposal.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
The recent series is tied with each team having 4 Wins and 2 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Chicago Pk -115
Dallas Pk -105
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
It isn't every day you see a first place team and last place team have these types of lines attached to the action.
The line setters are almost telling us that they expect Dallas to struggle this weekend, even going so far to put a -115 on Chicago at home on the Pk Draw no Bet action.
We will have to admit that it is strange to see Chicago essentially favored in this one. Whether it be by the smallest margin, to expect the worst team in the Eastern Conference to take out the best team in the West, makes us all wonder why they see it that way.
We are taking this Over 2.5 at -115, expecting someone to come away with a 2 - 1 win at the very least. Why bother with a side here, when there is no need to wonder why the lines are listed as they are?
We wonder not, and expect the goals to come regardless of who wins, so the Over makes our final suggestion of the round of MLS action this weekend.