Charlotte vs Chicago Fire MLS Betting Prediction

MLS Charlotte vs Chicago Fire Prediction 5/16/2024

Charlotte (5-5-2) travel to face off against Chicago Fire (2-6-4) on Thursday, May 16th. This match will be played at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. Charlotte is coming off a win in their previous match, while Chicago Fire will be looking to get back on track from a loss to the Charlotte. The match is scheduled for 8:30 PM ET.

Charlotte vs Chicago Fire

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Charlotte Is Coming Off A Win

Charlotte will be looking to build off their 1-0 win over Nashville SC. This match took place on their home pitch, but they were actually the underdog at +110. The over/under line was 2.5 goals.

Charlotte’s offense was led by Patrick Agyemang, who scored the only goal for the club and took two total shots. Agyemang’s goal was unassisted, and as a team, Charlotte took three shots on goal and eight shots overall.

On the defensive end, Charlotte didn’t give up a goal and Kristijan Kahlina finished with a clean sheet. Overall, Nashville SC took five shots and two shots on goal. Charlotte’s defenders also blocked three shots and intercepted five passes.

Through 12 matches, Charlotte has a record of 5-5-2, which has them sitting in 6th place in the Eastern Conference. They have won two straight matches, with their last loss coming on April 27th against New York City FC. Overall, they have been much better at home, going 5-1-1, compared to 0-4-1 on the road. Following this match against Chicago, they will return home to take on the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 18th. Over their last three matches, they have gone 2-1.

Chicago Fire Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

The Chicago Fire will be looking to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to St. Louis City SC. This loss came on the road and despite the over/under line being just a half goal, the four combined goals surpassed this number. The Fire went into the match with a money line payout of +335.

Chicago’s offense took a total of 13 shots, five of which were on goal. The club’s only goal was scored by Hugo Cuypers, who needed just one shot on target to find the back of the net. Andrew Gutman finished the match with an assist.

Defensively, the Fire allowed a total of 25 shots and seven shots on goal. Christopher Brady finished with four saves on the 7 SOG. Overall, the Chicago defense blocked three shots and intercepted 13 passes.

The Chicago Fire are looking to snap a two-match losing streak as they host Charlotte. So far this season, the Fire have struggled, going just 2-6-4, which has them sitting in 14th place in the Eastern Conference. Overall, they have been favored in six of their 12 matches, going 2-3-1 in those contests. After this match, they will host the Columbus Crew on Sunday, May 19th.

Charlotte Offense Breakdown

The Charlotte offense has been average this season, scoring 1.1 goals per match, which is 26th in the league. Patrick Agyemang is the top scorer for Charlotte, finding the back of the net three times this season, which is 55th in the MLS. He also leads the team in shots on goal, which is 30th in the league. Brecht Dejaegere has been the top playmaker for Charlotte, as he has two assists this season, which is 43rd in the league. He also has one goal, which is 114th in the MLS.

Chicago Fire Offense Breakdown

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The Chicago Fire have struggled to find the back of the net this season, as they are 27th in the league in goals scored. Hugo Cuypers has been their top scorer, finding the back of the net three times, which is 39th in the league. He also leads the team in shots on goal. Fabian Herbers has been their top playmaker, as he has two assists, which is 44th in the league, and two goals, which is 65th in the league. Overall, the Fire are 18th in the league in corners, and they have had fewer corners than their opponents in 58.3% of their matches.

Charlotte Defense Breakdown

Heading into their match against the Chicago Fire, the Charlotte defense is 5th in goals allowed per match at 1.1. However, they are 29th in blocked shots and 23rd in interceptions. Keeper Kristijan Kahlina is 3rd in clean sheets with four, and he is 17th in saves. Over their last five matches, they have given up seven goals, which is 1.4 per match. They have not given up a goal in their last two matches, and they have not given up more than two goals in any of their last five matches.

Chicago Fire Defense Breakdown

The Chicago Fire’s defense has been up and down this season, and they are currently 25th in goals allowed per match (1.8). They will be facing a Charlotte offense that is 26th in goals scored this season. Over their last four matches, they have given up eight goals (2.0). Christopher Brady is the top goalkeeper for the Fire, and he is 19th in clean sheets (2) and 4th in saves (44). Overall, the Fire’s defense is 22nd in blocked shots and 6th in interceptions.

Charlotte vs Chicago Fire Prediction

With both teams coming in with below-average offenses, our projections have this one ending in a 1-1 draw, which is listed at +235. Looking at the projected shots on goal, we have Chris Mueller as the top projected goal scorer for Chicago, while Kerwin Vargas has the best odds to score for Charlotte. On the defensive side, Charlotte has been one of the top units in the MLS this season, allowing the 5th fewest goals.

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