New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire MLS Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/18/16
Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls
MLS Soccer: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Red Bull Arena)
The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MLS LIVE, CSN Plus, MSG
The New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire meet Wednesday night at the Red Bull Arena.
The New York Red Bulls look to keep rolling after earning points in three of their last four matches. The Red Bulls defense has shown improvement, as they’ve allowed 20 goals on the season but just three goals in their last three matches. Offensively, the New York Red Bulls have six players with at least one goal and eight players with at least 10 shot attempts. Mike Grella leads New York with three goals, Sacha Kljestan has six assists and Bradley Wright-Phillips has 37 shots. Defensively, Luis Robles has come away with 33 saves on 52 shots faced. The New York Red Bulls have won six of their last eight home matches.
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The Chicago Fire could use points here after losing three of their last four matches. The Fire are dead last in the East, and it starts with an offense that’s averaging less than a goal per match. The Chicago Fire have scored just one goal in their last two matches and have four players with at least 11 shot attempts. The Fire need to step up before this season starts to get away. Kennedy Igboananike leads Chicago with four goals, Arturo Alvarez has three assists and Gilberto has 14 shots. Defensively, Matt Lampson has come away with 45 saves on 60 shots faced. The Chicago Fire have lost six of their last eight road matches.
The Red Bulls have won the last two matches, but the Fire have won three of the last five overall. The last match was a 2-1 victory for the Red Bulls back in October. Three of the last five matches between these two clubs have produced five or more goals.
The Red Bulls have gotten the best of the Fire as of late and are in far better form overall right now. It’s tough to back the Fire to do much of anything when they have an offense that find find the back of the net.
Give me the home team to get the victory.