MLS Soccer: Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/3/15
Houston Dynamo (5-7-5) vs. Chicago Fire (4-9-2)
MLS Soccer: Friday, July 3, 2015 at 9:00 pm (BBVA Compass Stadium)
The Line: Chicago Fire +245 / Houston +124 -- Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: UDN, MLS LIVE
The Chicago Fire and Houston Dynamo meet Friday night at the BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Chicago Fire could really use a win to snap a four-game skid and climb out of the Eastern Conference cellar. The Chicago Fire need to improve their defense, as they’ve allowed 23 goals in 15 games and six goals in their last three MLS games. Sean Johnson and Jon Busch have combined for 37 saves, but continue to allow goals at a high percentage regardless of who starts. Offensively, the Fire are a lot better but have been shutout in their last two contests. David Accam and Jeff Larentowicz have combined for eight goals, Harry Shipp has five assists and Quincy Amarikwa has 32 shot attempts. The Chicago Fire have yet to win a road game this season, as they’re 0-5-2 away from home in MLS contests.
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The Houston Dynamo have won just once in their last five matches, which includes one draw as well. The Houston Dynamo are an offensive team that’s scored at least one goal in 17 matches and six goals in their last three matches. Will Bruin leads Houston with seven goals, Brad Davis has four assists and Giles Barnes has 49 shot attempts. Defensively, the Houston Dynamo have pitched just three shutouts and have allowed two or more goals in five matches. Tyler Deric has come away with 44 saves and has allowed six goals in his last three starts. The Houston Dynamo have won their last two MLS home games and have all three of their shutouts in front of their home fans.
The past meetings between these two teams have been tight, as the last four matches produce two draws and a win for each side. However, the Chicago Fire have never won a match at the BBVA Compass Stadium.
Overall, we’re talking about two of the bottom teams from each conference squaring off. The one thing both teams have in common is that they’re aggressive offensively, producing well over 300 combined shot attempts. I’m siding with the over in this contest.