New York City vs Chicago Fire (By: Miyagi)

New York comes from its first win of the season (0-2) against DC on the road with a great performance. They had a 12-4-1 home record last season but they have yet to win a single game in front of their fans so far this season (0-3-0). After a sloppy start in the season (1-5-1) and a tough schedule, they return at home to play straight games this week and they look to use their momentum and make a push.

Quality Winger/ Forwards Mitrita and Tajouri (both top scorers with 2 goals) are questionable with minor ankle injuries but they are expected to be available today.

Chicago comes from a massive 4-1 home win but they did so against the team with the worst record (0-2-6) and worst defense (23 goals) of the league, Colorado. Their latest signing, star Gaitan, completed his first full 90-minute game against Colorado in his fourth appearance with the club and had his first two assists.

Chicago has a lot of quality up front with former MLS top scorer Nicolic (6/3) who is in-form and scored a goal in his last 3 games, ST Sapong (7/4), as well as consistent scorer AM Katai (12 goals last season) and of course star Gaitan. On the other hand, their defense has struggled so far as they have allowed 11 goals in their first 7 games but since Schweinsteiger was moved to CB position, Chicago has allowed just 4 goals in 4 games.

New York has the edge here playing at home where traditionally they have been very strong while Chicago on the other side has struggled deeply on the road and has a 0-2-9 record over its last 11 away games in MLS and has allowed at least 2 goals in each of those games! I can see a much-needed win for the hosts here but Chicago's quality up front will create trouble to the hosts and should be enough to get them a goal so it would be wise to include that in our bets pre-game.

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New York City vs Chicago Fire predictions

Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
1 & G/G Bet365 3.00 8 1-0 LOST (-8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
New York City vs Chicago Fire betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Miyagi).
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