Chicago Fire vs DC United
Chicago Fire picked up a morale-boosting 5-1 win over reigning MLS champion Atlanta United at the beginning of July. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez was sent off for Atlanta in the 12th minute of the match and Chicago punished it ruthlessly. That should have provided the springboard for Veljko Paunovic’s men to soar up the Eastern Conference standings by embarking on a fine run of form, but Chicago has struggled to recapture that magic. It is winless in its last four games MLS games, losing to Sporting KC, FC Cincinnati, and Philadelphia Union, and drawing with Columbus Crew.
That has left Chicago third from bottom in the Eastern Conference table, seven points off the playoffs and 12 points behind third placed DC United. It also lost 2-0 to Cruz Azul in the Leagues Cup last time out, a result that extended its winless streak to five games. However, it is the clear favorite to win this game, priced at -150 with Pinnacle. Most of the action is going on Chicago and the odds are shortening on it.
That seems strange when you consider that DC United is enjoying a much better season. It may have lost 2-0 to Atlanta United last time out, but it thrashed FC Cincinnati 4-1 in its previous game, and battled to a 2-2 draw against in-form New England in the match before that. DC United has not lost its last three games against Chicago Fire, so you might like the look of the +110 that William Hill is offering on DC-United-draw double chance on this match, but you would very much be going against the betting public.
Former England captain Wayne Rooney was absent from DC United’s 2-0 defeat to Atlanta, and that was just the second game he has missed since joining last summer. Manager Ben Olsen said that Rooney will be back in time for this match, which will give DC United a huge boost. The former Man Utd star has registered 11 goals and seven assists so far this season, and he has the ability to run rings around this leaky Chicago defense.
This match will be Chicago’s fifth in 15 days and the players could well be exhausted. It has just signed 34-year-old Israeli international Jonathan Bornstein from Maccabi Netanya and he could make his debut if his paperwork clears in time. Chicago midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is preparing to play in the MLS All-Stars game alongside Rooney, and the team will need a big performance from the German midfielder on Saturday.
Chicago Fire vs DC United Betting Picks
Chicago has failed to keep a clean sheet in its last 13 games, but it has been pretty good in front of goal. DC United has also been leaking goals of late, and it has failed to secure a shutout in its last five matches. But it will welcome Rooney back into the fold and it has a magnificent attack, so it should be able to take this Chicago defense apart. Both teams to score therefore looks great at -162 with Bet365. The last time these teams met it finished 3-3, so you might consider taking more value by betting on both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at -110 with Bet365.