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Frank Klopas' side won when these sides met last month but Willie Duncan is anticipating a close match when they travel to face Hans Backe's men on Wednesday evening

Hans Backe’s New York Red Bulls play host to Frank Klopas’ Chicago Fire on Wednesday evening in what promises to be a thrilling clash as the race to qualify for the Champions Play-Offs gathers pace in the Eastern Division of the Major League this week.

Just one point separates the two sides heading into the match on Wednesday with the Red Bulls having a narrow advantage.

That is also reflected in betting for this clash with bookmaker Paddy Power making the New York side narrow favourites at 5/6 (1.83) to consolidate their place in the top three with victory over Fire.

Klopas’ men, though, were victorious when these two sides met last month at Toyota Park and can be backed at a juicy 11/4 (3.75) with Paddy Power while the same firm offer 9/4 (2.75) that the match ends all square.

Despite a Fire win a few weeks back, a tight match looks to be on the cards here with little between the teams.

Red Bulls have managed just 10 goals in eight home matches but owe their decent home record of four wins, two draws and two defeats to a solid defensive foundation with just nine goals conceded on their own turf.

Adding to the goals equation, the Fire have often lacked cutting edge on their travels having notched a paltry nine goals on the road compared to the 21 that they have scored in front of their home supporters this term.

The standout price, then, is the 10/11 (1.91) from Paddy Power that fewer than three goals are scored when the two sides meet on Wednesday and that price should be snapped up with vigour by punters.

Both of Fire’s away wins this term have been 1-0 victories and they are chalked up at a juicy 10/1 (11.0) with Paddy Power to do it for a third time on Wednesday while a 1-0 home win is rated as a 13/2 (7.50) chance with the same firm.

These sides have proven tough to separate thus far this season and it could prove to be the case again on Wednesday. If so, the 11/2 (6.50) quote from Bet365 for the match to end 1-1 is the value play and is worthy of support here.

BET
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BEST BET
VALUE BET
Under 2.5 goals at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power
Draw at 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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