Real Salt Lake vs Chicago Fire MLS Betting Prediction

MLS Real Salt Lake vs Chicago Fire Prediction 4/21/2024

Real Salt Lake (3-2-3) travel to face off against Chicago Fire (2-3-3) on Sunday, April 21st. This match will be played at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. Both Real Salt Lake and Chicago Fire ended their previous matches with a draw. The match is scheduled for 8:30 PM ET.

Real Salt Lake vs Chicago Fire

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Real Salt Lake Is Coming Off A Draw

Real Salt Lake will be looking to get back in the win column after playing to a 0-0 draw in their last match. This draw came on their home pitch and despite taking a total of 16 shots, they were not able to find the back of the net. The over/under line for the match was 2.5 goals.

Heading into their last match, Real Salt Lake had a money line payout of -132, which was the second-lowest payout on the money line. The draw resulted in a payout for bettors who took the Crew or the draw, as Columbus had a money line payout of +200.

On the defensive end, Real Salt Lake put together a clean sheet, despite Columbus taking a total of 12 shots. Four of these shots were on target. Real Salt Lake’s defense was active in terms of blocking shots, finishing with four blocks.

Through eight matches, Real Salt Lake has a record of 3-2-3, putting them in 4th place in the Western Conference. They have been on a draw streak, going 2-0-2 in their last four matches. Overall, they have been favored in three matches, going 1-1-1, while they have been the underdog in five matches, going 2-1-2. This match vs. the Chicago Fire will be their fifth road match of the season. After this match, they will head to Philadelphia to take on the Union on April 27th.

Chicago Fire Is Coming Off A Draw

The Chicago Fire played to a 0-0 draw in their last match, which came on the road against the New York Red Bulls. Chicago was a big underdog in this match, with a money line payout of +480.

Heading into the match, the over/under line was set at 2.5 goals, and with no goals scored, the payout for the under is likely what many sportsbooks were hoping for. The two combined shots on goal for the Fire’s offense was despite taking a total of just nine shots.

Defensively, the Fire did a great job of keeping the Red Bulls off the scoreboard despite New York taking a total of 19 shots. Chicago’s defense blocked four shots and intercepted six passes.

Through the first eight matches of the season, the Chicago Fire have a record of 2-3-3, putting them 11th in the Eastern Conference. They have struggled on the road, going 0-2-3, but have been solid at home, winning two of three matches. Overall, they have been favored in three matches, going 2-1, while they have yet to win as an underdog (0-2-3). Their last three matches have resulted in a record of 1-1-1. After this match against Real Salt Lake, they will take on Atlanta United FC at home on Sunday, April 28th.

Real Salt Lake Offense Breakdown

Real Salt Lake’s attack has been led by Cristian Arango, who is second in MLS with six goals. He also leads the club in shots on goal. Carlos Gómez has been the club’s top playmaker, as he is sixth in MLS with three assists. He also has two goals, which is second on the club. Overall, Real Salt Lake is 13th in MLS in goals scored, averaging 1.4 per match. They are also 16th in shots on goal and 8th in corner kicks.

Chicago Fire Offense Breakdown

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The Chicago Fire have been an average offensive team this season, scoring 1.4 goals per match, which is 14th in the league. Brian Gutiérrez is their top scorer, with three goals, which is 23rd in MLS. Fabian Herbers is second on the team in goals scored and leads the team in shots on goal and assists. He is 42nd in the league in goals scored and 21st in assists. Overall, the Fire are 24th in shots on goal and 17th in corner kicks. They have had fewer corner kicks than their opponents in 62.5% of their matches this season.

Real Salt Lake Defense Breakdown

Real Salt Lake’s defense has been playing well of late, as they have given up just two goals over their last three matches. That includes a clean sheet against the Columbus Crew, who have the 19th-ranked offense in the MLS. For the season, they are 4th in goals allowed, giving up just 1.0 per match. Zac MacMath is 3rd in the MLS with two clean sheets, and he is 4th in saves with 29.

Chicago Fire Defense Breakdown

Heading into their match against Real Salt Lake, the Chicago Fire’s defense is 23rd in MLS, allowing 1.8 goals per match. However, they have been trending in the right direction, giving up just 1.7 goals per match over their last six matches. Christopher Brady is the team’s top goalkeeper and is 5th in MLS with 29 saves. He has just one clean sheet this season. The Chicago Fire’s defense has been up and down this season, including giving up three goals to Atlanta United FC. However, they are coming off a shutout against the New York Red Bulls and have also held the Houston Dynamo to just one goal.

Real Salt Lake vs Chicago Fire Prediction

Coming into this match, Real Salt Lake has been the better defensive team, allowing the fourth-fewest goals in the MLS this season. Our projections have this one ending in a 1-1 draw, with Cristian Arango having the best chance to score a goal for Real Salt Lake. As for the Chicago Fire, look for Chris Mueller to find the net. Take the draw at +260.

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