Betting Preview: Chicago Fire to turn up the heat on Beckham's LA Galaxy

The MLS champions have endured a rotten season, and are in danger of not making the play-offs. Al Hain-Cole expects this misery to continue against one of USA's best home teams
David Beckham's Olympics rejection will not be the only thing preying his mind at the moment, as LA Galaxy struggle for form in Major League Soccer.

Last year's champions are off the pace in sixth in the Western Conference, and have suffered the ignominy of two successive defeats.

And things could be about to get a whole lot worse, as they face a difficult trip to one of America's most formidable grounds.

Opponents Chicago Fire have only been beaten once at home all season, and this impressive record makes them clear 5/4 (2.25) favourites with Paddy Power to come out on top on Sunday.

When you consider that the Galaxy have lost six out of 10 away from home this year, and winning just two, odds of 9/5 (2.80) seem rather uninviting for Bruce Arena's men to collect all three points.

The two sides have only drawn four out of 28 encounters in the last decade, but you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) if you are expecting an uncharacteristic stalemate tonight.

Part of LA Galaxy's undoing this season has been their sloppy defence, which has leaked too many goals for their impressive forward line to make up for.

Equally, Chicago fans have received excellent value for money considering the number of entertaining home games this season, with goals flying in at both ends.

It therefore makes perfect sense to back over 2.5 goals being scored in this match at odds of 8/11 (1.73), as this bet would have paid off in each of the two teams' last four games.

Although La Maquina Roja's imposing recent home record is impressive, with four successive wins to their name, three of those four have been won by a single goal.

Similarly, Los Galacticos have lost four of their last five on the road by just a one-goal margin, demonstrating the fine line between success and stalemate.

With this information in mind, it is well worth having a punt on the Fire edging this encounter by a single strike, at a tempting 3/1 (4.00).

Over 2.5 Goals at 8/11 (1.73) with Paddy Power
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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