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Ryan Nelsen's side are without a win in five matches but our tipster believes that the Reds are capable of claiming a point against Frank Klopas' men on Wednesday night

Chicago Fire are aiming to strengthen their hopes of qualifying for Major League Soccer’s final series when they take on struggling Toronto in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday night.

The Fire are two points behind fifth-placed New England Revolution as the race to qualify for the final series intensifies and, with a game in hand, Frank Klopas’ men know it is crucial that they win at BMO Field against Ryan Nelsen’s side.

Toronto come into this clash without a win in their last five matches and were thumped 4-0 by Portland Timbers at the weekend, but the Reds will be hoping for better things when they take on Chicago.

The visitors are chalked up at 5/4 (2.25) with Coral to reinvigorate their play-off hopes with victory over Toronto, while the same firm offer 7/4 (2.75) that the home side enjoy a morale-boosting win on home soil. The draw is available at an appealing 11/5 (3.20) with Coral.

Chicago’s away form has been hugely disappointing, with Frank Klopas’ men having won just two of their 12 league matches on the road this season and Klopas will be aware that is a statistic which will need to be improved upon if his side are to stand any chance of making the final series.

It is worth noting that Chicago have been level at half-time in no fewer than eight of their 12 league matches on the road thus far this term and, with plenty at stake on Wednesday evening, it may be another cagey affair when they visit BMO Field.

The half-time draw with Chicago winning at full-time is chalked up at 7/2 (4.50) with Coral, while the same firm offer a chunky 5/1 (6.0) that the home side emerge victorious in the second-half after a first-half stalemate.

Given the unconvincing nature of Fire’s form on the road, there is value in backing both teams to settle for a share of the spoils at 11/5 (3.20) with Coral, while those looking to back bigger prices should snap up the juicy 11/2 (6.50) quote from the same firm for Wednesday night’s clash to end in a 1-1 draw.

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Draw at 11/5 (3.20) 1pt stake with Coral 1-1 draw at 11/2 (6.50) 0.5pt stake with Coral

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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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