MLS Soccer Betting: Chicago vs Montreal
Friday, May 29th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Chicago and Montreal will face off for the first of their three meetings in the 2015 season this weekend at Chicago’s Toyota Park. There have been three draws in the last four contests between the two teams who have played eight times in their respective histories. The second and third games in the series will each happen at Stade Saputo in Montreal in September.
Chicago has played two strange games in their last two outings, each resulting in a 2 - 2 draw.The Fire was up 2 - 0 on NYCFC two weekends ago, while also playing most of the game up a man. Unfortunately, they were unable to hold the lead and surrendered two goals in the second half.
Last weekend, we saw a similar result, but this time Chicago was the team down 2 - 0 to Columbus, and were the ones who were able to pull the game level at 2 - 2, after an extra time goal from Jason Johnson who came on as a sub for Harry Shipp in the 67th minute.
Chicago's GK John Busch made his 300th MLS appearance last weekend, joining Kevin Hartman (416), Nick Rimando (381) and Joe Cannon (342) in the 300 club.
Montreal is back in the swing of things again after a month long layoff from league play to compete in both the CONCACAF Champions League, and Amway Canadian Championships. They have reeled off two straight wins, each coming at home against Western Conference opponents. They wiped out Real Salt Lake 4 - 1 two weekends ago, and followed it up with a nice 2 - 1 win against Dallas, who at the time was chasing first place in the Western Conference standings.
Despite having eight players on the official MLS injury report, the Impact has done a great job in all competitions thus far, and although they lost the Champions League final, they will be playing Vancouver in a home and home series to decide the Canadian Championships in an August matchup.
Four defenders and three midfielders are out of the lineup for the Impact this weekend, while Chicago's Mike Magee and Pat Nyarko are the only two names on the list for the Fire. Nyarko will be out for a significant time after the torn ACL and sprained MCL injuries.
Last 8 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met 8 times in MLS action, with the series tied seeing each team with 2 wins, while playing to 4 draws
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Chicago -0.5 -105
Montreal +0.5 -115
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
This will be exactly that, as a quick analysis is a perfect term to use here. Goals and more goals are the call we are going to make here, because neither club can be stopped lately and neither club is exactly stellar on the defensive side of the ball.
Even with John Busch making his 301st appearance in net for Chicago this weekend, stopping Montreal will be no easy task.
If $10 of juice is all the line setters ask, then we will drink it down and expect this Over 2.5 to come our way when it is all said and done.It is not hard to simply look at all these recent results for both teams, seeing the ability to find the net early and often. Call it a trend, but when each team is scoring as they are right now, it is hard to not be convinced that we could likely see some more goal scoring in this one.