New York City FC travel to Chicago this weekend as they look to continue their tremendous run of results away from home and make it four road victorious in a row. NYCFC are in good form and find themselves in the play-off places, but having drawn six of their opening 11 matches, they’re currently having to chase the leading pack in the Eastern Conference.
The Chicago Fire are in excellent form at home, but they were given a harsh lesson last time out as they were beaten 4-1 on the road against San Jose Earthquakes as Chris Wondolowski scored four goals and made history as he became the all-time leading goal scorer in Major League Soccer. NYCFC didn’t play during last weekend so they have had two weeks to recover since their 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy, so they will be fresh ahead of their trip to Chicago.
Chicago Fire and NYCFC faced each other just last month as NYCFC recorded a 1-0 victory at Yankee Stadium thanks to a goal from Valentin Castellanos. The New York side have had the better of the head to head as they’ve won four of their last six meetings, losing just the once. They also managed to keep a clean sheet in their last two.
The home side have three absentees ahead of Saturday’s fixtures as Andre Reynolds II, Nicolas Gaitan and Raheem Edwards are all on the side-lines through injury. The timing of Gaitan’s hamstring injury has been damaging as the Argentinian has had a positive impact on the Fire with two goals and three assists since his recent arrival in the United States.
NYCFC have a couple of injury concerns ahead of Saturday as Ebenezer Ofori is ruled out completely and Ben Sweat is labelled a doubt with a adductor injury.
The stats surrounding this game make under 2.5 goals look like a good value bet at 2.10. There has been under 2.5 goals scored in NYCFC’s last five consecutive MLS fixtures and they have also managed to shut out their opponents and record a clean sheet in five of their last seven. Chicago Fire have only seen three or more goals in two of their last six, and their meeting with NYCFC last month ended in a 1-0 win for the New York side.
Chicago Fire are in good form at home and they have won four of their last five at SeatGeek stadium, scoring 11 goals and conceding just the one in their last three. However, NYCFC are also enjoying a good period of form as they have won three away games on the bounce by a 2-0 scoreline, including impressive victories over strong sides in DC United and LA Galaxy. I’m expecting Domenec Torrent’s side to pick up another positive result on the road, so NYCFC Draw no Bet looks good at 2.10.
Heber to score anytime for NYCFC looks like excellent value at 2.87. The 27-year-old Brazilian is in red-hot form as he has scored in three of his last five outings and has built himself a goal participation rate of 45%. Given he gets another start in Chicago, I’d fancy him to get himself on the scoresheet.
Under 2.5 goals @ 2.10
New York City FC – Draw no Bet @ 2.10
Heber to score anytime @ 2.87