Online MLS Betting Fans Prepare for Cup PlayoffsPosted by: Charlie Smith
The 2017 online MLS betting season is heading towards an epic finale as the MLS Cup Playoffs is officially kicking off. This Wednesday, MLS sportsbook players will have the opportunity to wager on two playoff matches. First up is the pairing between the Chicago Fire and the New York Red Bulls, followed by a postseason pairing between Vancouver and San Jose. Let’s take a look at what kind of turnout sports wagering sites are predicting for the first matchup of the night between the third seed from the Eastern Conference, Chicago, host the sixth-seeded Red Bulls.
Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls – Wednesday, October 25th
When: 8:30 pm ET
Where: Toyota Park, Illinois
Stream: Fox Sports Go, NFL Game Pass
Online MLS Betting Odds:
Chicago Fire -½ (+114) 3 (-119) +116
New York Red Bulls +½ (-129) 3 (+104) +245
New York Red Bulls/Chicago Fire Draw +270
Chicago shouldn’t have too much of a problem finding the net this evening considering that they have the league’s best finisher in 2017 Golden Boot winner Nemanja Nikolic. Chicago also has one of the toughest and most demanding midfields in the MLS, backed up by fullbacks that have a knack for going on the offensive. Needless to say, Chicago brings a lot of firepower to this evening’s matchup. Particularly on the left wise, where David Accam and Brandon Vincent often combine to give their team the lead in the clutch. Chicago uses an overwhelming approach to finding the net that has worked out so far this online MLS betting season.
The Fire’s tendency to play their backs high leaves them open to counterattacks, something New York’s squad is geared towards. They’ll need exemplary play from their midfield if they are to hold off the Red Bulls’ elite offense.
New York Red Bulls
The Red Bulls prefer to use quality over quantity in their offensive approach and the fact that they have the best #10 in the league, Sacha Kljestan, allows them to do just that. Bradley Wright-Phillips is also a dominant force for New York, as he is one of the elite goal-scorers in the MLS that frequently leads the Red Bulls’ attack. When New York is hitting their stride, as crisp and precise passing from their three-back system consistently tear defenses apart. On the odd chance that Wright-Phillips is unable to finish, there is usually more than one teammate handily picking up the slack. The Red Bulls struggled offensively early on this season but some midseason adjustments have paved the way to this playoff berth.
The Red Bulls might not have any problems on the offensive side of the ball, but their defense is lacking to say the least. When it comes to stopping their opponents from restarts, New York is atrocious. This is something they’ve been able to overcome during the regular season, but regular season soccer is over. This is the playoffs where tiny holes in one’s ship will send you home. The Red Bulls’ defense is arguably the leading reason that MLS sportsbooks are siding against them this evening.