NE Revolution vs. Chicago Fire: Odds, Preview, Prediction & Free Picks

Kevin Stott

Friday, June 12, 2015 1:26 PM GMT

New England Revolution could really use a win & with the Chicago Fire visiting Gillette Stadium, this the perfect game in which to make a bet on the hosts or is the Draw possibly a better idea?

Odds Overview
Chicago Fire at New England Revolution [Sunday 00:30] (MLS Live, CSN-Chicago, myTV38 (USA): 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT): The New England Revolution (5-6-3, 20 GF-15 GA) welcome the Chicago Fire (4-2-7, 17 GF-20 GA) to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Saturday in this Week 16 MLS Eastern Conference fixture between two clubs who have been struggling to get Wins lately. Soccer odds makers have made the host Revolution -125 favorites here over the  visiting Fire (+350) with the Draw priced at +250 (bet365). The Total Goals has been set at 2½, with the vigorish priced at -110 for prospective Under and Over bettors at William Hill. Some Props wagers for this weekend game from New England: Both Teams To Score: ‘Yes’ -133, No +105 (BetVictor); Draw No Bet: New England -300, Chicago +225 (bet365); To Win To Nil: New England +225, Chicago +700 (bet365).

 

Chicago Fire Soccer Club
The Chicago Fire (0-2-4 Away, 6 GF-12 GA) have just one win in their L7 games, 0 Wins on the Road and Saturday’s 3-2 loss to expansion Orlando City at Home at Toyota Park in Bridgeview had to really hurt with the hosts holding a 2-1 lead at the 81-minute mark. But the result had to hurt the most for 32-year-old Brazilian Defender Adaílton, who had 2 Own Goals for Chicago (Highest odds 66/1 to win MLS Cup, Stan James). So, the Fire and Head Coach Frank Yallop will have to try to keep their heads up and build on some of the positives, like Kennedy Igboananike (3 goals) who scored yet again for Chicago in the Loss (Designated Player David Accam had the the one, his 4th of the season). and with Jeff Larentowicz (4 goals), Harry Shipp (2 goals), Romanian midfielder Razvan Coci? (1 goal), Jason Johnson (1 goal), Shaun Maloney (1 goal) and Joevin Jones. among others, this team has the pieces but just can’t seem to stop the opponents from scoring of late—something BTTS and Over players should make note of. In Goal, Chicago goes with either Sean Johnson or Jon Busch.

 

New England Revolution
New England (3-5-0 at Home, 12 GF-6 GA) is the complete opposite of the Fire when looking at Home-Road statistics: At Home, the Revolution are unbeaten, with 12 goals scored and 6 allowed, while the Fire are unbeaten on the Road and have scored 6 goals and allowed 12 away from Chitown. One potentially positive thing here for the Fire is the fact that New England will be coming off long Road trip to Portland, where the Revolution fell on two late 2nd Half Timbers goals on Saturday night, but the team will have had by plenty of time (6 days) to overcome any effects by the time next Saturday comes around. And with New England GK Bobby Shuttleworth having allowed only 6 goals in 8 games at Gillette Stadium so far this season, the onus will really be on the Fire to score here. With Head Coach Jay Heaps and the Revolution (Highest odds 25/1 to win MLS Cup, bet365) still chasing DC United in the conference and striker Charlie Davies (5 goals), midfielders Kelyn Rowe (3 goals) and Teal Bunbury (2 goals), Lee Nguyen (1 goal, back from suspension), Chris Tierney (1 goal, back from suspension) and Scott Caldwell (1 goal), the edge is with the home side here but not that the Revolution will be without midfielder Jermaine Jones who just underwent surgery for a hernia and striker Juan Agudelo (4 goals), who is currently playing with the USMNT (United States Men’s National Team), who face defending World cup champions Germany at RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne on Wednesday (FOX Sports 1, UniMás, UDN (US): 2:45 p.m. ET/11:45 a.m. PT).

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Current Form, Series Trends, Conclusions
In the L5 meetings in this series here at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, New England is 4-0-1 versus Chicago—(2-1, 0-1, 2-0, 1-0, 2-0)—outscoring the Fire 7-2 in the process. The Fire (Current Form: LLDDWLL) have managed just 1 Win in their L7 MLS games, while the Revolution (Current Form: WDDLDDL), haven’t fared much better, also winning only one time in their L7 games. Lifetime in MLS play here at Home, the Revolution are 18-5-11 (49 GF-37 GA) and 24-11-28 (78 GF-81 GA) overall. Here, with the Fire desperate and the Revolution maybe a little tired from travelling from coast to coast, the Over and the Both Teams To Score prop seem enticing, with 6 straight Revolution games seeing the BTTS (Yes) hit before Saturday’s 2-0 game in Portland, while the Fire have played 5 of 6 BTTS (Yes) games after Saturday’s 3-2 freakshow and 6 consecutive Overs with a total of 23 goals being scored (3.83 gpg average) in Chicago’s L6 games. All this adds up to plugging in straight a soccer pick on the Over and the BTTS.

 

Predicted Final Score: Revolution 2 Fire 1

MLS Soccer Pick: Over 2½ -110 (Best odds, William Hill), Both Teams To Score ‘Yes’ -133 (Best odds, BetVictor)

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