MLS Soccer: Real Salt Lake vs Chicago Fire

  • Friday, May 8th, 2015

    By  Ej Garr


    MLS Odds: Real Salt Lake and the Chicago Fire face off at Toyota Park for their only meeting of the 2015 season, and this will begin a stretch for Salt Lake that will see them on the road for four of their next 5 games. Salt Lake has gone five straight matches without someone on their roster scoring a goal. The only goal to the team’s credit came on an own goal from San Jose last weekend.The scoring issues came to a head once againon Wednesday, as we saw a 0 - 0 result with the Galaxy.

    They have been shut out four straight times against the defending champions, so that didn't exactly come as a surprise. Nick Rimando came up absolutely huge in stopping a penalty kick in extra time that could have potentially given LA the 1 - 0 win.

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    Salt Lake is trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and saw the 0 - 0 match with LA as a stepping stone, since they put 6 shots on goal. Feeling closer to scoring, and actually scoring, are two entirely different animals.

    Chicago has won their last three home games, which all came in succession before last weekend’s 1 - 0 loss to Kansas City on the road. Naturally, the Fire hopes that returning to the windy city will provide a winning formula once again.

    The Fire did not look in sync at all last weekend at Sporting Park, and at the end of the match David Accam was sent off the field with a red card. That will obviously leave him out of the Fire midfield in this game.

    All fans who purchase tickets for this match will also receive a complimentary ticket for the NWSL Red Stars game against the Boston Breakers.

    Last 10 MLS Meetings:

    Salt Lake leads the recent series with 3 Wins, 2 Losses and 5 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.

    1x2 3-Way Lines:

    Salt Lake +255

    Chicago +115

    Draw +235

    Handicap/Spread Odds:

    Salt Lake +0.5 -135

    Chicago -0.5 +115

    Total O/U 2.5:

    Over +125

    Under -145

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    Quick Analysis & Prediction

    Quick Analysis:

    Let's just cut to the chase here, because it is more than obvious that Real Salt Lake has no idea where the net is. They can say all the right things about how close they got against LA during the mid-week match, but last we heard, close only counts in horse shoes.

    Chicago is not exactly an offensive juggernaut themselves with only six goals scored through seven games, so who is going to provide the scoring?

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    No one is going to provide anything, and the easiest play on the entire MLS board this weekend, is this Under 2. Yes, we said Under 2, not the 2.5 you see at -140, but the straight 2 at +115.

    These two are certainly not scoring three goals, so if it is 1 - 1 by some mini miracle, then so be it. The two goals will do no harm, we will simply push the action, and live to see another day.