Chicago Fire were one of Major League Soccer’s strongest teams last year but it just hasn’t panned out that way this time around. Now eighth in the Eastern Conference, Chicago are in dire need of a confidence-boosting victory. Veljko Paunovic’s side have shown glimpses but inconsistency has been a real issue for the Fire in recent months.
By the same token, Toronto are still trying desperately to climb the MLS ladder. Currently two spots below Chicago, a win for the visitors will help the Canadian outfit in their pursuit of finishing in a respectable position. Greg Vanney’s position as head coach is under threat and patience is wearing thin for most Toronto supporters.
These teams played out a 2-2 draw at BMO Field back in April and another exciting clash looks likely here. Despite their struggles, both clubs have enough attacking talent to create chances and goals could be the order of the day. Watch this space, this one might turn out to be one of the matches of the weekend.
Home advantage has convinced traders to open with Chicago Fire as 6/4 favourites; a price currently available with Betway. With one defeat in their last five home matches, Chicago have been solid enough in front of the Toyota Park faithful and another three points could be on the cards if the Fire bring their A-game.
Plenty of punters will fancy the draw ahead of this clash – and with good reason. Toronto are capable of scoring goals but struggle defensively whilst Chicago are much more balanced and that bodes for an exciting encounter. The draw is on offer at a very fair 3/1 with William Hill and MLS bettors will be keen to get involved at such an appealing price.
Or perhaps you fancy the Canadian side to step up this weekend? Toronto are inconsistent at best these days but 7/4 represents solid value with 888sport. Vanney’s men are low on confidence but the talent remains; making their fixtures quite difficult to predict. An early goal for the visitors will settle a few nerves and that could spur Toronto on to pick up three points in the Windy City.
Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets
With seven goals in his last 10 appearances, Chicago Fire striker Nemanja Nikolic is one to watch this weekend. Plenty of punters will fancy the Hungary international to get his name on the scoresheet at 59/50 and 888sport customers should snap that price up. He is the standout talent on this Chicago roster and the hosts will be relying on their main man to make the breakthrough.
As with most Major League Soccer games, goals are always in play. Both teams to score is currently available at 5/12 with most high street bookmakers but the over 3.5 line carries more appeal. Goals are a formality in many MLS matches and neutrals will be expecting more of the same in this clash.
5/4 for four or more goals is well worth considering ahead of such an important contest. An interesting statistic ahead of this weekend’s fixture: over 3.5 goals has landed in the last FIVE matches involving these two teams.
Nikolic looks destined to make a positive impact this weekend and Chicago will need the Hungarian to be at his brilliant best to stand any chance of victory. Toronto are no slouches though and a repeat of April’s 2-2 scoreline looks likely. Currently available at 10/1 with William Hill, punters fancying a high scoring draw should get involved.
TIP: Nemanja Nikolic to score in 90 minutes (Priced at 59/50 with 888sport)
CORRECT SCORE: Chicago Fire 2-2 Toronto FC (Priced at 10/1 with William Hill)