MLS Picks: Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire

by Taylor Smith
on April 21, 2017

After New England and San Jose played to a mediocre scoreless draw on Wednesday night, Toronto FC will look to get back into the win column at home against an in-form Chicago Fire side.

Chicago is riding high thanks to a slew of new stars in the mix, while TFC has been left scrambling after failing to win all but one of their first six matches of the season. TFC may also be shorthanded at the back, without starting goalkeeper Clint Irwin and central defender Drew Moor.

What’s going to go down tonight at BMO Field?

Toronto FC (-1)
VS
Chicago Fire (+1)
Total: 3
  • Moneyline: Chicago +425, Toronto -165, Draw +300
  • Betting Value: Given Chicago’s excellent current form, taking them on the Moneyline at +425 is very appealing.

The Fire come into this game ablaze after last week’s 3-0 trouncing of the New England Revolution. They currently sit third in the east as they look to make the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time since 2012. Bastian Schweinsteiger has been right in the thick of things during Chicago’s early-season revival, as have fellow new additions Nemanja Nikolic, Dax McCarty and Juninho.

On the flip side in this one we have a Toronto FC side hungry to start getting some positive results. They’ve won just one of their first six matches this season, though they’ve only lost one, as well. They sustained their first defeat of the year last week at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, but tonight they’ll be looking to benefit from a little home cooking.

TFC are 1-1-2 to start 2017 at home, while Chicago is 0-1-1 so far on the road. With all of their new additions, the Fire may actually have the star power to match Toronto’s trio of Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco and Michael Bradley. Despite all the big names, goals haven’t been easy to come by for TFC. They’ve found the back of the net just seven times in six games, with three coming from Altidore and just one from ex-MVP Giovinco.

These two teams have been on vastly different trajectories in recent weeks, but we always say it’s tough to go on the road in MLS and win games. The Fire will give it a run, but we like TFC to make the most of this opportunity in their home park.

Pick

Toronto
2
Chicago
1
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