Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire: US Open Cup Semifinal Round
Posted by: Charlie Smith
While the MLS is enjoying its brief soccer sports betting hiatus, online bettors can wager on the thrilling action the US Open Cup offers. This Wednesday will bring us the semifinal round of this tournament. Today we’ll be taking a look at the first matchup of Wednesday’s semifinal round. That would be the Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire pairing. Let’s check on the odds to see what kind of sports bets players should make.
Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire – Wednesdays, August 8th
League: US Open Cup || Semifinals
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pennsylvania
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: MLS TV
Soccer Sports Betting Odds:
The Union didn’t find too much success in 2017’s US Open Cup tournament. In fact, Philly was eliminated right away in the round of 16. However, this time around, they’ve been steamrolling the competition. They kicked off the tournament with a dominant 5-0 routing of the Richmond Kickers followed by a narrow 2-1 triumph over the New York Red Bulls. Afterwards, the Union hung on in the quarterfinals 1-0 against Orlando City SC. Now the Union looks to deliver another win against a team that is struggling in the MLS. And since Philadelphia beat the Fire 3-1 in MLS play just a few weeks ago, it’s easy to see why they’re pegged as soccer sports betting favorites in this one.
Players to Watch: Borek Dockal (20 GP, 5 G, 6 A), Cory Burke (18 GP, 5 G, 1 A), and Fabrice Picault (18 GP, 4 G, 3 A).
As aforementioned, the Fire are struggling in MLS play. Right now they’re sitting on a 6-5-13 record which ranks them penultimate in the Eastern Conference. On top of that, they’re dealing with a -13 goal differential. Nevertheless, Chicago has been able to find plenty of success in the US Open Cup play. The Fire were almost eliminated in the first round, drawing 2-2 against Columbus Crew. In the end, Chicago escaped 10-9 off of penalties – a wild finish to say the least. In the Round of 16, Chicago faced Atlanta United and delivered a surprising 1-0 upset over the Eastern Conference’s current top dog. And most recently, Chicago manhandled Louisville city in the quarterfinals 4-0. So while it’s true that Chicago isn’t finding much luck in the MLS, it’s also true that they’re excelling in the US Open Cup.
Players to Watch: Nemanja Nikolic(21 GP, 10 G, 1 A), Aleksandar Katai (23 GP, 9 G, 2 A), and Bastian Schweinsteiger (21 GP, 4 G, 5 A).
Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire Betting Predictions
Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire Betting Picks
So which side should players learning how to bet US Open Cup online take in this Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire matchup? All in all it’s looking like the Union is the better option here. However, given Chicago’s run in the tournament, it might not be a terrible idea to take them on the upset. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 1-0 Philadelphia.