Chicago Fire travel to San Jose Earthquakes this weekend in a meeting between two sides who haven’t exactly set the league alight so far this season. Both are positioned just outside the play-off places in their respective conferences as they have lost too many games already, especially the Earthquakes who have lost six of their opening 11 matches.
It’s not all doom and gloom for the Earthquakes, however, as they have won their last three at home which included wins over strong fellow Western Conference sides in Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City.
Chicago Fire’s form has picked up of late as they’re currently three games unbeaten, winning their last two on the bounce at home as they scored seven goals and kept back-to-back clean sheets. It was a 2-0 win over Minnesota United last time out as goals from Nicolas Gaitan and Aleksandar Katai gave Veljko Paunovic’s side all three points.
The Fire have improved in recent weeks, but they will still be concerned about their away form. They are yet to win away from home in 2019 and they have lost three of their first five on the road. In fairness, they have faced some challenging trips, so they will see their game against the Earthquakes as a real opportunity to seal their first away win of the season. Chicago Fire haven’t registered a win on the road since May 2018, so this weekend might be the time to break that run – they hope.
San Jose are in a good place right now when it comes to injury concerns as they virtually have a fully fit squad barring Marcos Lopez who is a doubt ahead of Saturday. Chicago Fire will have a couple of huge absentees as Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss out through suspension because of yellow card accumulation, and Nicolas Gaitan is expected to be out of action for a few weeks after picking up a hamstring injury during the last game.
Chicago Fire are struggling to find any kind of form away from home and sometimes that is the case for many sides across Major League Soccer. The Fire haven’t won away since a 2-1 win in Orlando way back in May 2018. A win for San Jose Earthquakes at 2.10 looks like excellent value, but I would be opting for Draw no Bet at 1.50. The Earthquakes have won their last three at home and they look good to make that four in a row against the Fire, despite tasting defeat in their last game against the New England Revolution. They’re also preparing to take on a Chicago Fire side who are missing key and experienced players in Bastian Schweinsteiger and Nicolas Gaitan.
Under 2.5 goals looks a favourable bet for this fixture and it also appears to be good value at 2.55. Neither side score goals in huge numbers, and Chicago Fire have actually failed to score in their last three away games.
San Jose Earthquakes to win and under 4.5 goals in the match is 2.70 and that is excellent value. Chicago Fire have lost 12 of their last 17 away games and there has only been five or more goals in one of them. Saturday’s game will be a close fought encounter, but I fancy the Earthquakes to collect three points and win the game by a narrow margin – possibly a one or two nil if you fancy a couple of quid on a correct score bet.
San Jose Earthquakes – Draw no Bet @ 1.50
San Jose Earthquakes to win and under 4.5 goals @ 2.70
Under 2.5 goals @ 2.55