CHICAGO FIRE VS ATLANTA UNITED PREDICTIONS, BETTING TIPS AND MATCH PREVIEWS
REASON FOR CHICAGO FIRE VS ATLANTA UNITED BETTING TIPS
Chicago Fire produced a rousing second half comeback last weekend to rescue a point when none looked likely in Toronto. Fire went into half time 0-2 down against the champions and at that point they looked dead and buried and on course to suffer their fourth defeat of the season.
The second half was a different story however. The legendary German Bastian Schweinsteiger pulled one back just before the seventy minute mark and Alan Gordon popped up with the equalizer at the death to level the scores on the stroke of full time. In was Fire’s second impressive away result in the space of a week after they won 2-1 in New York against Red Bull.
Still, Chicago have won just two of their opening seven matches of the 2018 MLS season. That 2-1 victory in New York stands alongside their 1-0 win at home to Columbus Crew in early April as their only wins so far. Both victories were just about eked out by narrow one goal margins.
Defensively, things have been looking shaky for Fire and they have kept only one clean sheet so far this team. Manager Veljko Paunovic will have to rectify Chicago’s problems at the back if they are to emulate their third place finish in last year’s Eastern Conference.
In contrast, Atlanta United have been in sensational form since the second week of March. United have won six of their last seven matches in the MLS, taking the scalps of both Los Angeles clubs along the way.
Atlanta were many people’s favourites to go all the way and lift the MLS Cup in 2018 and they have certainly lived up to their pre-season tags as one of the strongest teams in the competition.
United were the second highest scorers in the MLS last year and they have started their 2018 campaign in similarly prolific fashion. Atlanta have scored twenty one times already since week one, which puts them out on their own as the top goal getters in the MLS.
Atlanta have scored at least twice in six of their last seven outings and although striker Jozef Martinez is their biggest threat in the final third, they really can punish opponents from anywhere on the pitch. Their midfielders have already pitched in with eleven goals between them this season.
Chicago Fire have only won one of their four matches at Toyota Park so far in their 2018 campaign and there is a vulnerability there that can be chipped away at. Atlanta travel to Illinois this weekend as the most potent side in the MLS and we expect them to find holes to exploit in the host’s defence.
Fire did beat Atlanta in the corresponding fixture between the two last year, and with that casting a little shadow of doubt over the outcome of this year’s meeting, we recommend you take the Atlanta/draw no bet option for extra insurance.
United have shown real consistency in attack, hitting impressive goal totals week on week. As we hinted at earlier, they have scored at least twice in 85% of their last seven games. Those stats make the over 1.5 Atlanta team goal market well worth investigating. We are also backing Atlanta to win 2-1 in our correct score prediction.
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HEAD TO HEAD
The teams have met on just two previous occasions. Chicago Fire won the meeting in Illinois 2-0 in June last year and Atlanta United won 4-0 when the sides played in Georgia three months earlier.
CHICAGO FIRE VS ATLANTA UNITED STATS
- Atlanta United have won 6 of their last 7 MLS matches.
- Chicago Fire have kept just 1 clean sheet in 7 MLS games this season.
- Atlanta United have scored at least twice in 85% of their last 7 fixtures.
- Chicago Fire have only won 25% of their MLS home games this season.