Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
MLS Soccer: Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 9:00 am
The Line: CHI -169 / VAN +380 / Draw +310 -- Over/Under: 2.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Chicago Fire and Vancouver Whitecaps meet Thursday morning in the MLS is Back Tournament soccer action at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Chicago Fire beat the Seattle Sounders and suffered a 2-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes. In their lat effort, the Chicago Fire controlled the ball for just 37.3 percent of the match and couldn’t execute on three shots on target. It was the first time since a February 1 preseason match the Chicago Fire didn’t find the back of the net. Despite the poor result, the Chicago Fire still control their own destiny in terms of advancing in the tournament. Robert Beric leads Chicago Fire with two goals, Djordje Mihailovic has two assists and Przemyslaw Frankowski has five shots on goal. Defensively, Kenneth Kronholm has allowed six goals on 15 shots faced.
Vancouver Whitecaps suffered losses to the San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders, getting outscored 7-3 in those games. The Vancouver Whitecaps are coming off a game where they controlled possession for 52.1 percent of the match but allowed seven shots on goal. The Vancouver Whitecaps have allowed three or more goals now in three of their last four games and have given up 18 shots on goal in their last two games. Yikes. Ali Adnan leads Vancouver Whitecaps with one goal, David Milinkovic has two assists and Lucas Cavallini has three shots on goal. Defensively, Maxime Crepeau has allowed 10 goals on 22 shots faced and Thomas Hasal has given up zero goals on one shot.
The Vancouver Whitecaps are 3-1-1 in their last five meetings against the Chicago Fire, but the last meeting in April of 2019 resulted in a 1-1 draw. Each of the last four meetings between the Whitecaps and Fire produced at least two goals.
The Chicago Fire have everything to play for in hopes of advancing to the knockout stages, while you can argue no team has been elastic's impressive than the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Whitecaps are allowing anything and everything on the offensive end and it's a problem that dates back to the original regular season. Throw in the fact there's no chance of advancing and the Whitecaps are probably a team that has its bags packed and just wants to go home at this point.
I'll lay the juice with the Chicago Fire.