Chicago Fire Looking to Continue Hot Streak vs. Whitecaps

Kevin Stott

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 7:45 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 28, 2017 7:45 PM UTC

Since former Bayern Munich legend Bastian Schweinsteiger has arrived in The Windy City, the Chicago Fire have been playing some wonderful Soccer and the hosts will look to up their unbeaten streak to 10 matches this weekend.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Minnesota United FC at NYCFC

The best player in the MLS, David Villa (10 goals), and NYCFC (9-3-5, 31 GF-20 GA) play host to the expansion Minnesota United FC (5-3-9, 24 GF-38 GA) at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx on Thursday night in the MLS Week 18 opener (MLS LIVE, My29, YES). With MNUFC just entering the MLS this 2017 season, NYCFC having Yangel Herrera back in the midfield, W3 straight games and Christian Ramirez (9 goals) the Loons (0-2-6, 9 GF-23 GA on Road) making their first trip to The Big Apple and The House that Ruth Built, MNUFC (100/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) may allow 3 goals to NYCFC (10/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) in this spot in this bumpy venue built for MLB. Giving more than a goal in MLS matches can be tricky and this is one of those where it seems like the best MLS Soccer picks are to simply pay the price and back Villa and NYCFC (5-2-1, 17 GF-9 GA at Home) on the Moneyline and shop for a 2½ (Total) instead of wagering on a 3 or 3¼ and settling for a Push or hoping for that 4th goal (for Over bettors) in this first meeting.

Final Score Prediction: NYCFC 3 MNUFC 1Free MLS Picks: NYCFC -227Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Chicago Fire

Nemanja Nikolic (14 goals), the red-hot David Accam (10 goals) and the 2nd-place (Eastern Conference) Chicago Fire (10-4-3, 31 GF-17 GA)—unbeaten in their L9 now—welcome Fredy Montero (5 goals) 7th-place (Western Conference) Vancouver (6-3-6, 21 GF-21 GA) to southwest suburban Chicagoland on Saturday night (TSN1, MLS LIVE, CSN Plus) for this fun showdown. The Fire (WWWDWW) come into this MLS Regular Season Week 18 fixture playing incredibly well and a look at the L5 meetings in this inter-conference series (VAN 2-1 FIRE, FIRE 0-1 VAN, FIRE 0-0 VAN, VAN 3-1 FIRE, FIRE 1-0 VAN) reveals that the Home team is 3-1-1 with three straight Unders in Chicagoland in matches where the Fire (10/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) and Whitecaps (25/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) have each only managed to find the back of the net once. But that was the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, pre-Bastian Schweinsteiger. Things done changed. With GK Sean Johnson, Luis Solignac (4 goals) and Chicago (8-0, 23 GF-4 GA at Home) and becoming a dominant club in their Home stadium in suburban Bridgeview and Brek Shea (2 goals) and the Whitecaps (2-1-4, 9 GF-13 GA on Road) averaging just 0.77 gpg away from British Columbia, backing the Fire is the logical look.

Final Score Prediction: Chicago Fire 2 Whitecaps 0Free MLS Pick: Chicago Fire -135Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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Atlanta United FC at Columbus Crew SC

The impressive expansion Atlanta United (7-3-7, 33 GF-25 GA) head to the Buckeye State and Mapfre Stadium in Columbus on Saturday night (MLS LIVE, FOX Sports, Southeast, CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports OH, BCSN2) to face Ola Kamara (9 goals) Federico Higuain (9 goals) and the Crew (8-1-9, 29 GF-30 GA) in this MLS Week 18 Eastern Conference fixture and battle between the respective 6th- and 5th-place clubs in the conference. With Miguel Almirón (8 goals), Josef Martínez (7 goals), Héctor Villalba (6 goals) and Atlanta United (2-3-5, 16 GF-17 GA) brand new to MLS this season, these two sides have only met once with Atlanta United beating the Crew, 3-1 in Georgia on June 17. With Columbus (6-1-2, 20 GF-10 GA at Home) having that memory (Revenge) fresh in its minds and able to score goals at Home—as proven again in a 4-1 win over the Impact last week—and wanting to stay ahead of Atlanta United (14/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) in the table and in its current playoff spot, expect a strong First Half effort from Ethan Finlay (30 career MLS assists), the prolific Kamara and the Crew (25/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) this coming Summer weekend. Enjoy.

Final Score Prediction: Crew 3 Atlanta United 2Free MLS Pick: Crew -114Best Line Offered: at BetPhoenix

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