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MLS Betting Preview: New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire

MLS Betting Preview: New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire

Mike Stobe

The final matchday in the MLS regular season pits New York, as it seeks to win the Supporters Shield, against a Chicago side that will clinch a playoff spot with a win.

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In a match with a lot on the line, you can expect a very good game to bet on.

The New York Red Bulls are currently two points behind No.1 Kansas City in the Eastern Conference, and should they pull off full points they will not only take over top spot in the conference but will also win the Supporters Shield as the top team in Major League Soccer during the regular season.

The hosts are very strong at home, with a record of 10-2-4 (W-L-T) at Red Bull Arena this season. They're also unbeaten in their last seven matches and are comng off a 3-0 road win over Houston. The Bulls are available at William Hill at odds of 2.00.

Despite New York's recent crescendo of play, I favour the draw because of what is at stake for Chicago. If the Fire manage to earn a tie here, they would ensure themselves of a playoff spot. Their 4-8-4 road record won't exude confidence, but they were able to defeat New York in their prior encounter this season at home by a 3-1 score.

At 3.50, the value is certainly there. The double draw brings that up to 5.50.

The win for the visitors comes in at a dime more at 3.60, both over at William Hill. They have won three straight matches -- including their last two road games, but they were against FC Dallas and D.C. United, not the same calibre opponents as New York.

I like the over 2.5 here at 1.70, combined with the both teams to score selection which is at 1.61. Together, this double bet will land you $54.75 on a $20 wager.

For correct scorer picks, Mike Magee is tied for the MLS lead in goals with 20, and scoring one today should give him the title. He is listed at 2.87 to score at anytime in the match.