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Orlando City SC vs. Chicago Fire - 5/26/18 MLS Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Fire vs. Orlando City SC
Date & Time Saturday May 26, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Chicago +355 / Orlando -136 / Draw +311 -- Over/Under: 3
TV Channel
ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN (Canada), TV27
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Soccer | Chicago Fire vs. Orlando City SC
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Orlando City SC and Chicago Fire meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at the Orlando City Stadium.

Orlando City SC enters this match with an overall record of 6-4-1, a 4-2-1 record at home and a 2-2-0 record on the road. Orlando City SC could use some points here to snap back-to-back losses and stay in the thick of the Eastern Conference standings. Orlando City SC has been a really good offensive team at home this season, averaging 2.3 goals per match and not being shutout once in seven matches. Unfortunately, Orlando City SC hasn’t produced a shutout themselves at home this season and lost a frustrating match against Atlanta the last time it played in front of its home fans. Orlando City SC has really good offensive depth and needs to pressure its opponent from start to finish. Dom Dwyer leads Orlando with six goals, Yoshimar Yotun has five assists and Justin Meram has 31 shots.

Chicago Fire enters this match with an overall record of 3-6-2, a 2-4-1 record at home and a 1-2-1 record on the road. Chicago Fire have been on the losing side in three of their last four matches and have given up a combined six goals in their last two tries. Chicago Fire aren’t good enough offensively for the struggles at the other end and have failed to earn points in five of the seven games this season in which its allowed more than one goal. Chicago Fire will benefit when they get some players back due to injury, but as of right now, this is a club struggling to find an identity and is losing ground rather quickly in the Eastern Conference.  Nemanja Nikolic leads Chicago with six goals, Bastian Schweinsteiger has four assists and Aleksandar Katai has 27 shots.

Three of the last five meetings between these clubs have resulted in draws. Chicago beat Orlando in the last meeting, 4-0, last June. Three of the five meetings have produced two or less goals. 

Draws are popular when these teams meet, but this season Orlando City SC is the better team and in much better form. Chicago Fire can’t keep the ball out of the back of the net recently and don’t have the offense to counter those issues. Orlando City SC has won four of its seven home games this season and knows it must beat lesser teams if its going to take that next step.

Give me the home team for the victory.

Pick:
Orlando City SC

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