MLS Betting Preview, Odds and Picks: Nashville vs Chicago
The Nashville team will be meeting Chicago for a showdown on the 31st of October by 1:30 pm UTC at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, USA. The Nashville SC team will be entering this matchup with every intention of winning, and so will the Chicago Fires, of course. These two teams have not met recently. The Nashville SC team is ranked 11th in Major League Soccer, and the Chicago Fires are ranked 20th. Nashville SC is the favorite to win this game according to BetOnline, with odds of +131, while the underdog Chicago Fires are pegged at +217.
The Nashville SC team has played a total of 20 games, bagging seven wins, seven draws, and has lost six games this season thus far. The 2020 MLS season is the Tennessee based team’s first season as a member of the Major League. The Nashville SC team has scored a total of 20 goals and conceded 18, with a total average of 1.40 points per game.
The Nashville SC team has not had it easy this season, with four players injured and possibly absent in this match, it does not look promising for Gary Smith’s team. Dominique Badji has not been medically cleared after being diagnosed with the Corona Virus, while Ken Tribbet is still out with a calf injury. Hang Mukhtar and David Accam’s presence in this matchup are still in doubt because they have not been cleared medically. With these players possibly out for this game, the predicted lineup for the Nashville SC team is a 4-2-3-1 formation with Matt Turner, DeJuan, Henry Kessler, Andrew Farrel, Brandon Bye, Matt Pikster, Scott Caldwell, Teal Bunbury, Lee Nguyen, Tajon Buchanan, and Gustavo Bou. The Nashville SC team has won three of their last five matches against Houston Dynamo (1-3), Montreal Impact (0-1), and FC Dallas (3-0). They were held to a stalemate by New England and defeated by Sporting KC (2-1).
On the other hand, the Chicago Fires FC team holds a total average of 1.11 points per game and has scored 26 goals and conceded a total of 30 goals. The team has played 19 matches, of which they have won five, drawn six, and lost eight.
Chicago Fires FC has had a rough season with 5 players injured, including the goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm, who is out for the season. Luka Stojanovic is out and will not feature in this fixture due to an MCL surgery, Wyatt Omsberg and Brandt Bronico have not been medically cleared, and Johan Kappelhof is out too. The predicted lineup consists of Bobby Shuttleworth, Boris Sekulic, Mauricio Pineda, Francisco Calvo, Jonathan Bomstein, Alvaro Medrán, Djordje Mihailovic, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Fabian Gerber’s, Ignacio Aliseda, and Robert Beric. The Chicago Fires team in their last five matches has won a game, defeating DC United by a 2-1 score, lost to Sporting KC by 1-0 and Philadelphia by 2-1, and managed a draw against the Montreal Impact.
Despite the injuries on both sides and the changes in the lineups, both teams seem to be in a similar form. And as such, it is difficult to ascertain the outcome, but we expect Nashville to walk away with a win.
Pick: Nashville to win (+131) at BetOnline.