By Garrett Hinners
BANKER (Minnesota United vs. Chicago Fire)
Back with avengence this week. I am going to double dip in a match I really love and back some home sides to deliver goals. Matchweek 8 here we go…
Minnesota United vs. Chicago Fire is a match I am a big fan of this weekend and I think there are multiple ways to play it. I touched on one during the MLS Betting Hits Show, but I also love the under here. Minnesota United has not managed more than one goal in any game so far except one, their most recent game. They ended up smoking the Rapids, a team I have not been high on this season, and, I guess, one could look at it at their offense waking up. However, the Chicago Fire have the best defense in the league.
They have kept clean sheets in five of their seven games this season, no team has scored more than one goal on them, and they themselves have arguably the worst offense in the league. They are the perfect under team. I have mentioned Slonina, the Fire keeper, and how good I think he can be (he is now being courted by the Poland national team) and Shaqiri most likely has a bench role in this one as he’s still recovering from a muscle injury. To top it all off, weather could be a factor with rain and possible storms. A stoppage midgame could be the cherry on top to throw players off their routine in a game where goals should already be hard to come by. The under is an excellent look here with Minnesota’s over/under record standing at 2-5 and Chicago’s at 1-6.
For a parlay I am backing two home sides to deliver some goals. Team totals (TT) are among some of my favorite bets and there are two strong spots. Austin FC hosting the very sketchy Vancouver Whitecaps and a defense that has surrendered two or more goals in every road game so far. Austin’s offensive numbers are still a little skewed by their first two matches of the season where they scored ten goals total, but they are still creating quality chances and Vancouver has not shown any signs of fixing their defensive habits.
The second leg will bleed over into Sunday, but we get a NYCFC side that peppers the net and is among the best in the league at creating chances. They host a Toronto FC side that has been poor on the road and gave up two or more goals in two of their three away games this season to much lesser offenses than NYC. New York finally looked like themselves last week after shaking off the CONCACAF Champions League hangover and their team total has deserved juice.