Toronto FC secured a hard-fought victory over Chicago Fire less than a week ago and Greg Vanney’s men will be looking to follow that result up with another impressive performance. The Canadian outfit have struggled for most of the 2018 campaign but this is the perfect opportunity for Toronto to build momentum. Another victory beckons if the hosts find their best form.
Chicago Fire have had to cope with their own woes as well this season. One of the strongest teams in Major League Soccer in 2017, Chicago are now languishing down in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference. Veljko Paunovic’s men are low on confidence at this moment in time and inconsistency continues to be a major problem for the Fire. Their playoff dreams are on the verge of going down the drain.
Toronto are unbeaten in two clashes against Chicago this year. Prior to last week’s contest, the two teams hadn’t faced each other since April – that encounter ended all square after an exciting 2-2 draw. Another relatively high scoring encounter looks likely here; over 2.5 goals has landed in the last six matches involving both clubs.
The Canadian outfit are as short as 1/2 to secure back-to-back victories this weekend. Home advantage is always important in Major League Soccer and Betway punters will be tempted by that price for another Toronto triumph. Vanney’s men have shown glimpses of quality in recent months and a fourth successive win in all competitions will help Toronto to continue heading in the right direction.
A share of the spoils is in play for this fixture – especially after last weekend’s result. Chicago will be determined to make amends for that defeat whilst Toronto still struggle in terms of reliability in defence. 7/2 with 888sport is worth considering for a draw ahead of this one; it both teams are quite evenly matched on paper.
Meanwhile, Chicago are available at 5/1 with some bookmakers for this encounter and the Fire will take some stopping if they find their best form. The visitors have failed to inspire confidence for most of the campaign but the talent to compete with the best teams in the business remains. Watch this space, Chicago could shine at BMO Field…
Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets
Nemanja Nikolic is in a rich vein of form, notching eight goals in his previous 11 appearances for Chicago. The Fire will need Nikolic, a proven goal scorer throughout his professional career, to be at his brilliant best this weekend in order to emerge victorious. The Hungary international will be well backed by bettors ahead of this fixture; all eyes will be on Nikolic in this encounter.
Over 2.5 goals is an absolute must ahead of this one. The 4/9 available with William Hill is well worth snapping up considering the recent history of this fixture – three or more goals has landed in each of the last six matches involving both clubs and plenty of punters will be keen to get involved. At 4/9, it is well worth sticking over 2.5 goals in an accumulator.
As previously mentioned, the over 2.5 goals line represents solid value here but the best option is going with a draw. As with last week’s encounter, predicting a high scoring match may prove prudent and the 2-2 draw is available at 14/1. Once again, this could be the most exciting MLS fixture of the weekend.
TIP: Match to end as a draw (Priced at 7/2 with 888sport)
CORRECT SCORE: Toronto FC 2-2 Chicago Fire (Priced at 14/1 with William Hill)