Market: New York Red Bulls win
Odds: 1/2 @ 888sport
Two sides who find themselves battling it out at opposite ends of the Eastern Conference table, New York will welcome Chicago to the Red Bull Arena in the early hours of Thursday.
Starting with the hosts, managing to come from behind and snatching a point away at Philadelphia over the weekend, New York should find the mood in their camp at a high. With many tipping the Red Bulls as a standout pick to grab a play-off spot this season, Head Coach Gerhard Struber finds his side in the midst of a seven-match unbeaten run. With their recent stellar purple patch stemming all the way back to April 9th, the one-time Barnsley boss has also seen his side continue to shine in the final third. On a run that is highlighted by a pair of 3-0 victories against Orlando and DC United, New York should be smelling a golden chance in midweek. It should also be noted, when the two sides faced off last month, Thursday’s hosts picked up a deserved 2-1 win on their travels.
As for the visitors, while New York might still find themselves in the midst of an extended purple patch, the same cannot be said for a downbeat Chicago side. In the midst of what has become another MLS nightmare, the Fire once again sit rock bottom of the Eastern Conference. With many across America tipping them as a landslide pick to lift the wooden spoon this season, Head Coach Ezra Hendrickson knows that he faces a real challenge this season. Last seen putting in another worrying display as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at home against Cincinnati, Chicago have lost each of their last five domestic contests on the spin. Shockingly crashing out of the US Open Cup last month at the hands of lower-league Union Omaha, Thursday’s guests will be more than aware that they face a huge challenge here.
Bet: New York Red Bulls 1/2 to beat Chicago Fire in Thursday’s MLS matchup @ 888sport
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