Chicago Fire at Real Salt Lake
|Date & Time||Saturday August 4, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: RSL -155 / Draw +305 / Chicago +400 -- Over/Under: 3.5
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We have some MLS action from Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday as Real Salt Lake host the Chicago Fire.
Real Salt Lake comes into this match looking to snap a three game winless drought following back-to-back draws including a scoreless stalemate against the San Jose Earthquakes in their last outing. RSL owned a 57% advantage in the possession department while being outshot 15-8 with each side registering 3 shots on target in the game. Joao Plata leads Salt Lake with 6 goals this season while Albert Rusnak is RSL’s leading assist man with 4 helpers this season.
The Chicago Fire will be looking to bounce back as well after losing five straight league outings following back-to-back losses to Toronto FC after a 3-0 loss last time out. The Fire managed to hold TFC to a scoreless draw at the half before it all fell apart starting in the 52nd minute and finishing with 3 goals in 37 minutes to send Chicago home empty-handed. Nemanja Nikolic leads the Fire with 10 goals this season while Bastian Schweinsteiger leads Chicago in assists with 5 assists this season.
Head-to-head, Real Salt Lake is unbeaten in 5 of the last 6 meetings, but that one loss came in the most recent meeting which ended 2-0 in Chicago’s favour.
Chicago losing four in a row is quite concerning considering that Real Salt Lake is the best home team in the West. However, RSL have also played down to their competition in recent outings, and that could happen again here with the Fire coming in struggling. All in all, I see Chicago snapping out of their funk and doing enough to earn a draw as both side split the points.