MLS Soccer Betting: Orlando City vs Chicago
Friday, August 28th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Orlando City and Chicago enter their encounter at the Citrus Bowl with only two points separating the teams in the Eastern Conference and the push for the post-season is officially under way around Major League Soccer.
Chicago makes their first appearance at the Citrus Bowl this weekend, to play the second of the three-game regular season series against the Lions. The final game between the two will come again at Toyota Park, onSeptember 19. Despite the Fire being the only team left to have won a road game this year, and also being in the basement of the Eastern Conference, they too are in the thick of a playoff battle, with only two points separating them from that final sixth position in the table.
In fact, if the Revolution beat the Union, and Montreal and NYCFC lose, a Chicago win will put them alone in the sixth spot with eight games left on their schedule and in the driver’s seat.
Amazing how quick things can change in MLS.
However, the Fire will be playing five of their next six games away from home and, if they remain winless on the road as they have so far, they could just as easily remain in the basement and get further away from the four teams in front of them.
Not only has Orlando City started to go backwards, but they now lead the MLS in goals allowed, overtaking Philadelphia for that honor after allowing Toronto to kick their ass last weekend with five goals.
In this recent four-game stretch for the Lions, they have three losses and a scoreless draw, and allowed 13 goals in the three defeats, while only scoring once in the four outings.
It gets even worse for the Lions, as they have five players listed as out this weekend on the MLS injury report, and two players suspended from their red cards in the loss to Toronto this past weekend.
Since Donovan Ricketts was sent packing, that might have been among the biggest mistakes Orlando City has made since entering the league, as they now have to try to maintain Tally Hall's average of two goals allowed per outing this season.
Last MLS Meeting:
The two teams have met once in their MLS history, which happened in Chicago onJune 6with Orlando City taking a 3 - 2 victory.
The two have met twice in the U.S Open Cup which came in 2013 and this past July, with Chicago taking both of those affairs at home.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Orlando City +110
Orlando City -0.5 +110
Chicago +0.5 -130
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
What makes this a difficult match to determine a play is the fact that Chicago simply stinks away from home, and Orlando City simply stinks!
Orlando City hasn't played well lately and they haven't played well at home at all this year. So many absences still hurt this team's approach, albeit with Cyle Larin and Kaka usually providing a spark.
The flame is starting to fade out in Orlando, and they picked a bad time to do it with all the buzz of the future of the organization and the new stadium needing season ticket holders.
We were close to tossing in the Chicago Pk Draw no Bet action because the line is rather nice at +160.
Reality still sets in that until Chicago wins a road game, we can't invest in the hopes of a sudden outburst, but we can rely on the +0.5 at -130, despite the juice being a bit sour.
Chicago and the handicap line is the suggested offer at +0.5 and -130, despite the interest in the big dish out of +160, that would require that first win to cash the ticket outright.