San Jose Earthquakes (2-7-3) vs. Chicago Fire (4-7-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday June 2, 2018, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: CHI +102 / SJ +206 / Draw +236 -- Over/Under: 3
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Chicago Fire and San Jose Earthquakes meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at Toyota Park.
Chicago Fire enters this match with an overall record of 4-7-2, a 2-4-1 record at home and a 2-3-1 record on the road. Chicago Fire could use a win here after losing three of their last four matches and taking a tumble in the Eastern Conference standings. The issue continues to be defense for the Chicago Fire, as this club has allowed three goals in three of their last four matches and is even allowing 1.7 goals at home this season. Chicago Fire have failed to earn points in six of the eight matches this season in which they’ve allowed two or more goals. Fix that area and the Chicago Fire could be a playoff contender in the East this season. Nemanja Nikolić leads Chicago with six goals, Bastian Schweinsteiger has five assists and Aleksandar Katai has 33 shots.
San Jose Earthquakes enters this match with an overall record of 2-7-3, a 1-3-1 record at home and a 1-4-2 record on the road. San Jose Earthquakes look to get back on track after losing three of their last five matches and on the verge of being the worst team in the Western Conference. San Jose Earthquakes also have defensive issues, as this club hasn’t produced a clean sheet yet this season and is allowing an average of 1.9 goals on the road. The good news is that the San Jose Earthquakes did have their chances to beat the LA Galaxy on the road and are averaging 0.2 more goals on average on the road than at home. Unfortunately, none of that is putting many points on the board in terms of the standings. Danny Hoesen leads San Jose with six goals, Vako has three assists and Magnus Eriksson has 26 shots.
Chicago Fire have won three of the last five matches against the San Jose Earthquakes, which includes a 4-1 in the last meeting in December. Four of the last five meetings between these clubs have produced a three or more goals.
There’s a long history of there being offensive fireworks when these two teams meet, and Montreal and Chicago are allowing a combined 3.7 goals per match on average. Combine Chicago’s goals per match at home and San Jose’s goals allowed on the road and you end up with an average of 3.3 goals per game. There’s no reason to expect this contest being any different.
Give me the over.