MLS Soccer Betting: Chicago vs Orlando City
Friday, June 5th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds:This is the first time that Chicago and Orlando City will face off in MLS history, although in 2013 when Orlando City was still a third tier USL Pro team, they faced off here at Toyota Park for a U.S Cup quarterfinals encounter. The Fire easily got by the lower tiered Orlando City SC team, as they were known at the time, with a 5 - 1 win.
This is nowhere close to the same team that was on the field for the first four years of Orlando City's existence in the lower tiers. There was no Kaka, Pedro Ribeiro, Donovan Ricketts, or Brek Sheas on those rosters, although there are a good handful of guys who did carry over to the MLS picture to begin 2015. We have discussed many times how the Citrus Bowl has affected Orlando City, being the Eastern Conference leader in attendance at home, and only behind Seattle as a whole in home support.
It took a while, but we did finally see them win a home game for their fans, but it took until May 17 in their sixth attempt of 2015. That win came at the expense of the MLS defending league champions LA Galaxy, so there is nothing too bad about having that team listed as your first win in the Citrus Bowl.
Orlando City sits as the second best team away from home in the East, with a 2 - 2 - 2 record in six road games, only trailing Toronto in the category. Raise your hand if you had Toronto and Orlando City as the top two road teams in the Eastern Conference through the first third of the season. With Toronto having to start their season with seven straight road games, and Orlando City making their inaugural MLS season, most experts didn’t have these two teams at the top playing away from home.
The Lions have had to settle for two straight draws, which came at Levi's Stadium against San Jose two weeks ago and in Columbus last weekend, where we just got done previewing that the Crew are 4 - 1 - 1 at home.
In the game this past weekend at Columbus, Orlando City once again found late magic and got a result, as they have a handful of times in the 2015 season. Pedro Ribeiro scored to make it 2 - 2 in the 89th minute in a game that saw the Lions push out 24 shots towards the frame. The goal was the ninth official shot on net, in a game dominated 65/35 in possession, for the expansion team as well.
The Chicago Fire are 4 - 1 in their last five home games, and 4 - 2 overall at Toyota Park. Their last game at home was against Montreal last weekend, where they won a resounding 3 - 0 game. However, in their mid-week match with DC United, they got to be a part of history. DC United's 3 - 1 win over the Fire broke their team record for home games without a loss, pushing the run to 22 straight outings at RFK Stadium.
Now The Fire only has a few days to pick up the pieces and, with tired legs and expecting a long day with the Orlando possession ability, this game could get ugly, so let's get to our prediction.
Last MLS Meeting:
The two are making their first MLS encounter this weekend, although they did meet in the U.S Cup in 2013, with the Fire winning 5 - 1 at home.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Orl City +270
Chicago -0.5 +110
Orl City +0.5 -130
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Chicago has hit five straight Overs, and Orlando has put up more shots than an old-fashioned Western on the TCM channel, late on aSaturday night.
Chicago plays their third game over a span of two weekends, and Orlando City had the whole week to prepare, which could naturally point to a possible handicap play on the Lions. However, at -130 on the +0.5 handicap line, the value is not exactly screaming.
Let's go right where you were expecting us to go, and the expectation of some goal scoring making the board.
The Over 2.5 at -115 is certainly reasonable enough to expect a 2 - 1 type of result to cash our tickets.
Orlando City is not about to stop doing what they are doing well, and that is keeping possession and firing up as many shots as possible, because as we all know, you can't score if you don't shoot!
With all this shooting talk, maybe it is time we get the DSI Studio set up for all of us to enjoy an old Western clash at the OK Corral or something!