Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire
Columbus Crew is hanging on to a playoff spot by the skin of their teeth right now. A relatively poor run of results, just one point obtained in three games has left them in the sixth spot. The main problem for them, as always has been away from home. They’ve lost nine times on the road this season and will be glad to be back in front of their own fans. Their 7-1-3 record here needs to be respected. The Crew is usually a strong attacking threat, but only DC United have conceded more goals than them in the Eastern Conference this season.
Chicago Fire suffered a blip last month but returned to winning ways last week by hammering New England 4-1. Like most MLS teams, they are much stronger at home and not so good away. The Fire hasn’t lost as many matches on their travels, compared to some teams at least. They have great counter attacking potential which serves them well on road trips. Right now, they look set to make a playoff appearance for the first time in many years, and at the rate, they are going then obtaining a first or second seeding is very possible.
This will be the third and final regular season meeting between the two teams this season. The first encounter ended in a 1-1 draw here, whilst Chicago nicked the most recent encounter 1-0. I expect this to be a much more open sort of match though. In terms of an overall prediction, it’s difficult to call and all three results are possible in my opinion. Columbus is a -0.25 Asian Handicap favorite which feels about right in this instance. The pick I like is over 3 goals. This should be an end to end fixture containing many chances. At very least there should be three goals scored, but I’m expecting 4 or 5 to be honest.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 3 goals at 1.840
FC Dallas v Colorado Rapids
Dallas has suffered back to back defeats and is now down to third in the Western Conference. The 0-4 defeat at home to Vancouver was a total surprise because on that occasion they were a -1.25 Asian Handicap favorite. They are the same line again for this fixture, but it’s certainly justified. Dallas remains one of the best MLS teams, possibly the best when in full flow and firing on all cylinders. Traditionally, they are really strong at home, therefore, it’s a surprise that their record in front of their own fans is only 6-3-2 this season.
Colorado comes here with an absolutely terrible away record. Their sorry statistics on the road are a miserable 0-1-8 and they’ve only scored three goals in the process. Perhaps the big surprise was that their one draw was at Toronto, and surprised everyone. But TFC were very slack in that match and should’ve been out of sight before Colorado equalized fairly late. I can’t see Dallas being slack in any way because they need to bounce back. So the Rapids really need to raise their game. One positive is that they managed to win here last season, but that was when Dallas rested half their team in anticipation of a cup match.
Despite the aforementioned recent setbacks, I think Dallas can bounce back well here. They are much the better team and now facing the worst away side in MLS. They shouldn’t have too many problems beating Colorado, so taking them on a -1 Asian Handicap makes a ton of sense. Colorado is a much poorer side this year, especially on the road. This should be one-way traffic and I don’t expect the visitors to even get on the scoresheet. It’s unlikely to be a complete blowout, but something like a 2-0 or 3-0 Dallas win is what I expect.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Dallas -1 at 1.800
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