Seattle Sounders vs. Chicago Fire - 7/14/20 MLS Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Chicago Fire vs. Seattle Sounders
MLS Soccer: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 9:00 am
The Line: Seattle +140 / Draw +250 / Chicago +185 -- O/U: 2.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Seattle Sounders and the Chicago Fire meet in a soccer group stage matchup as part of the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday morning.
The Seattle Sounders come into this match after opening their MLS is Back tournament schedule with a 0-0 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes last time out. In the draw with San Jose, the first half only saw each side receive a yellow card, but the two would combine for 7 shots on target with Seattle having just 36% possession and 3 shots on target. The second half saw Seattle get slightly more involved, but once again, neither side would be able to find a goal to break through, leaving the points on the table to be shared at full time. Jordan Morris leads Seattle with two goals while Raul Ruidiaz has one goal and Cristian Roldan has a team-high two assists this season. Stefan Frei is Seattle’s top goalkeeper, conceding 0.87 goals per 90 minutes with one clean sheet in three league appearances this season.
The Chicago Fire on the other hand, have yet to take the pitch in the tournament after their opening match with Nashville was postponed after Nashville had to be removed from the tournament due to positive COVID tests. Chicago almost ruined Seattle’s banner night as the defending MLS Cup champions when the Fire led 1-0 in the second half against Seattle, but Seattle would steal the game late, taking the win and the points from Chicago and the Fire would follow that up with a 1-1 draw against the New England Revolution in their last match before MLS stopped play in Mid-March. Robert Beric and Jonathan Bornstein each have a goal this season for Chicago. Kenneth Kronholm is Chicago’s top goalkeeper, conceding one goal per 90 minutes this season.
Normally I’d be a little more balanced and give a look to both sides here, but there’s a lot of value with Seattle in this spot. Sure, the Sounders played out a snoozefest in their scoreless draw against San Jose, but the Sounders have also had a chance to shake the rust off, an opportunity that Chicago hasn’t had yet. I think this also comes down to the fact that I just feel that Seattle’s the better team and while Chicago will be out for revenge after dropping the opening match between the two sides, the revenge won’t come here. Give me Seattle to pick up the win in this one.