MLS Soccer Betting: DC United vs Chicago
Saturday, October 17th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: DC United has clinched their way in to the Eastern Conference playoffs and now, in a tight battle for the second seed that holds home field advantage in the semifinals, every point is of major importance. In this weekend's home game at RFK Stadium against the lowly Chicago Fire, who have yet to win a road game this year, DC United find themselves hoping to take advantage of the schedule that could put them on 51 points with one game remaining against Columbus to finish the regular season.
United has been filled with inconsistency since their three-game win streak was snapped in early August, having surrendered an early lead in the standings as the season got underway.
The Capital club snapped a 0 - 5 - 1 stretch with their win last time out against expansion NYCFC, as United has slowly seen their Eastern Conference placement back to third with 48 points, now having three teams breathing down their necks by only three points in all.
DC United could, in fact, slip to the sixth spot should they go 0 - 2 and combined with two wins from both Montreal and New England, so there is no comfort in the fact that they have simply earned a playoff bid.
At the same token, with only a point to make up Toronto for the second seed, United could see home field in the semifinals direct entry spot, so that is quite a spectrum of possibilities with only two games left to play.
Chicago, of course, slowed down New England last weekend to at least keep their respect about them for the terrible season it has been. This being the Fire's last opportunity to win at least one road game this year, we can certainly blame the 0 - 5 - 11 away record for why they were the first team eliminated from post-season contention.
But as they showed last time against the Revolution at home, just because they are out, they are not acting like they are done, and that is what make games like this dangerous.
DC United has a ton of pressure to get a home result, and Chicago simply has one objective only, and that is to not go out of the season without a single road win to their credit.
If the Revolution had won that game, they would be in the driver’s seat with 50 points in second place right now, so that's how big that loss was for New England. DC United should be preparing to keep themselves out of that same position this weekend.
Anything less than a big home win to add to their 10 - 3 - 3 record at RFK Stadium this year could really leave United in a tough spot with Columbus at MAPFRE Stadium in their final game. Columbus, at the moment, are only one point behind United entering this weekend's round of MLS action.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
DC United leads the recent series having 4 Wins, 3 Losses and 3 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
DC -0.5 -115
Chicago +0.5 -105
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
With what’s on the line, make no mistake that Chicago will be coming to RFK with at least half a chip on their shoulder as they try to pick up that first win in their final attempt on the road.
On the other hand, DC United lost two of their last three home games after breaking their team record for home appearances without a loss this year. United has been a nightmare as we mentioned since early August, but instead of folding the lawn chairs and heading home, they rebounded after Frank Lampard scored for NYC in the opening seconds of the game to come back and get a big win last time out.
We are going to undoubtedly offer this total, and if -135 is the worst we can see, then so be it, because a 2 - 1 game here at RFK Stadium seems like nothing to ask for what is at stake for these two teams this weekend.
Grab the Over 2.5 and if you have the ability to move the line to a straight 3, take that opportunity as well, because three goals in this affair should hit the board by the hour mark.