New York City FC v Chicago Fire Betting Tips, Predictions, and Match Preview

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Basement club Chicago Fire travel to the Yankee Stadium to take on high-flying New York City FC on Friday night’s clash in the Eastern Conference.

Over 3.5 goals – 7/6 odds – eight of Chicago’s last ten outings have involved four or more goals, with the other two seeing three goals fly in while New York’s games have seen four goals or more on nine of the past eleven games. It’s fair to say that, despite the goalless meeting last time round, you should expect plenty more goals here.

Half time/full time – Draw/New York City 4/1 odds – This game will be a close one to call, as many are in the hugely-competitive MLS. However, seven places separate the sides in the standings and with home advantage; it is likely that Patrick Vieira’s men will be favourites for this meeting.

New York City FC v Chicago Fire Tips

New York CIty vs Chicago Fire Football TipsFootball tips: Recent form

New York City’s bid for a first ever MLS title has been somewhat derailed in recent weeks – last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with FC Dallas ensured their patchy form continued, with only two wins from their last seven as they missed the change to leapfrog city rivals New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC.

Chicago Fire’s form has stabilised in this period, with only two defeats in their last seven, but they remain two points adrift at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, although both they and nearest rivals Columbus Crew have a game in hand on those above them.

Veljko Paunovic’s side conceded in the dying seconds last time out as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to DC United.

Predictions: Head to head

Due to the hosts only being formed three years ago, these sides have only previously clashed on four occasions with the results very evenly biased – one single-goal win each and two draws. The last meeting was April’s clash in New York, which ended scoreless while the previous month New York City had won 4-3 in Chicago.

Match Preview: Betting odds

Over 3.5 goals – 7/6 odds – eight of Chicago’s last ten outings have involved four or more goals, with the other two seeing three goals fly in while New York’s games have seen four goals or more on nine of the past eleven games. It’s fair to say that, despite the goalless meeting last time round, you should expect plenty more goals here.

Half time/full time – Draw/New York City 4/1 odds – This game will be a close one to call, as many are in the hugely-competitive MLS. However, seven places separate the sides in the standings and with home advantage; it is likely that Patrick Vieira’s men will be favourites for this meeting.

Betting Tips: Team news

Frank Lampard looks likely to miss out for the hosts after limping off injured in New York’s draw with FC Dallas with a calf injury in the first half with Stiven Mendoza his likely replacement in the midfield alongside Alessandro Pirlo.

With no fresh injury worries or suspensions following their DC draw, Chicago Fire are likely to remain unchanged with David Arshakyan leading the attack.

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