2019 was supposed to be ‘the year’ for Chicago Fire but it just hasn’t panned out that way. In fact, Chicago are now languishing down in 10th position in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference and it would take a brave man to back the Fire to turn things around. With just nine league games remaining, time is running out for Chicago…
The Fire could’ve challenged for MLS supremacy this year but the writing has been on the wall from the early stages of the campaign. Chicago just don’t have the strength in depth to compete with the likes of Atlanta United, New York City and Philadelphia Union at the top of the Eastern standings. Maybe 2020 could be Chicago’s year to climb the ladder.
Meanwhile, Montreal may be sixth in the Eastern table but their recent form – particularly on the road – is cause for concern. The Impact have lost six away games on the spin and it would take a brave man to back Montreal this weekend. Their record in this fixture isn’t the worst but confidence is low and Chicago will fancy their chances.
Montreal put four goals past the high-flying Philadelphia Union two weeks ago and then conceded six in their most recent Major League Soccer encounter. One of the main reasons for their struggles this year has been inconsistency on the big stage and the Impact will need everything to go to plan in order to stand any chance of success here.
Event Date: August 11, 2019
Chicago Fire Preparing For 2020 Already?
Chicago silenced a few critics last weekend with a hard-fought victory over Houston Dynamo but the Fire need more than one win to climb the Eastern rankings. On paper, Chicago have enough quality to give Montreal a stern examination and the home crowd could be in for a surprise result this weekend. Write the Fire off at your peril…
Ladbrokes customers can back Chicago at 8/13 to claim three points this weekend and that could turn out to be one of the most popular MLS bets of the week. Given Montreal’s woes away from home, Chicago’s price isn’t the worst in the world and punters will be tempted – the Fire need to start winning quickly to stand any chance of a playoff run.
Montreal Primed For Playoff Push….
Can the Impact build momentum ahead of the 2019 postseason? That is the key question for Montreal fans – everything is still up in the air with less than 10 Major League Soccer games remaining. On paper, Montreal tick a lot of boxes but it would be foolish to expect the Canadian side to run riot in their remaining fixtures.
This is a difficult fixture and Montreal will need to be at their brilliant best to compete for three points. 888sport are offering 4/1 for the Impact to emerge victorious and that could turn out to be a huge price. Given their respective positions in the Eastern Conference, it could prove prudent for punters to snap that price up.
Expect the unexpected – that is what the 2019 Major League Soccer campaign has taught us. Both teams to score looks like the pick of the latest betting odds for this clash, with 4/6 a decent price for goals at both ends of the pitch. Watch this space, a high-scoring contest could be on the cards…
At the prices, taking a punt on Montreal is also worth considering. The 12/1 for the Impact to win 2-1 in a close encounter could turn out to be a monster price.
TIP: Both teams to score (4/6 with William Hill)
CORRECT SCORE: Chicago Fire 1-2 Montreal Impact (12/1 with Betfred)