MLS Soccer Betting: Chicago vs Kansas City
Friday, May 1st, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Fire took advantage of having three successive home games and has now leveled their record at 3 - 3 on the season. After opening the season with three straight losses and being outscored 5 - 1, the Fire has regained their defensive confidence, holding both NYCFC and Philadelphia to clean sheets over the three-game win streak.
Chicago and Kansas City have a long history in MLS, having played in both the Eastern and Central divisions since 1998, but this will be the only meeting between the teams this season after Kansas City was relocated to the Western Conference this year. Chicago did not have a three-game win streak at any point of the 2014 season, so this is unfamiliar territory for the Fire, who last won three in a row at the end of the 2013 season.
The Fire did, however, catch a New York City club last time out without David Villa among others, and after scoring in the 20th minute to make it 1 - 0, NYC's central MF Andy Jacobson was shown a straight red card just three minutes later. The last 67 minutes of the match were played with Chicago having an 11 vs 10 advantage for the rest of the game. Uneventful would be a good word to describe what went on afterwards, and 1 - 0 was the final score.
Kansas City took part in the madness that was a 4 - 4 match with Houston last weekend, and just to describe those events would take 1,000 words, because there are, obviously, many highlights, including eight goals, a red card, and a goal in the 95th minute of extra time to give Kansas City the equalizer. We will let you just go see the highlight reels, and as we said, the madness at the end of the game.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Chicago leads the recent series with 4 Wins, 3 Losses and 3 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Kansas City -145
Chicago +0.5 +125
Kansas City -0.5 -145
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
We did, indeed, fall in to the lucky category with the KC Pk, Draw no Bet, play offered last weekend in the Houston game, and there was a mention that we could see a draw, but the play was not offered on the board. Too bad too, because what a way that Sporting found that equalizing goal.
We did also call the Chicago win last weekend at +125 to finish the three-game home sweep, but look at who Chicago has the win streak against. NYC, a Toronto team who is in the middle of a crazy road trip to start the season, and Philadelphia, who has not stopped a soul this year.
Of course it is still early in the year, but Chicago comes in here with confidence for sure, and you can see it in their faces in all the media interviews that are on their home page and around MLS destinations through the league.No one on the team writes the schedule, and who you win against means nothing as long as you are winning, and Chicago has that feeling in the locker room right now.
Kansas City comes off an emotional draw with Houston, and scored 2 goals up a man, but still gave up a goal over that span, playing 11 vs 10.
The Fire defense has certainly pitched in as to why they have the three-game win streak, but they are finding the net, and yet are still disappointed they are not finding the net enough. They've scored in four straight games, but only once have they had more than one goal, and they can now at least attempt to think that their defense is sound enough to put a little more pressure up front.
Although Kansas City is usually much more reliable that a 4 - 4 game would denote, they have given up eight of their 12 goals in their last four outings.
If the Fire wants road points, you would imagine that they will go in there and press to score early, and knowing that Kansas City is not exactly going to sit back and wait for something to happen, this is an Over waiting to happen.
If even money, in hopes of a 2 - 1 type of match, is all the expectation we need to cash the ticket, than the Over 2.5 at +100 surely sounds like the play to be on here.