Chicago Fire vs. FC Cincinnati – MLS, June 23, 2021

| June 22, 2021 10:09 am PDT

The bottom two sides in the Eastern Conference go head-to-head this Wednesday, June 23, with Chicago hosting Cincinnati at Soldier Field.

Both teams have only managed to claim one victory this season, although Cincy has a game in hand over the Fire. Funnily enough, Raphael Wicky’s men are the lowest scorers in the entire league, while Cincinnati has the worst defensive record.

Before we settle on a prediction and betting pick for Wednesday’s basement battle, let’s check out the bookmakers’ odds for Chicago Fire vs. FC Cincinnati.

Chicago Fire to Win1.64
The Draw4.15
FC Cincinnati to Win4.55

As you can see, the online sportsbooks are favoring Chicago to win this one. But if I’m totally honest, both sides have been nothing short of dreadful throughout 2021.

Given that the Fire heads into this game on a run of six defeats in seven matches, the prices for the draw and the away win appear to present excellent value here.

Below, I analyze the teams before sharing my Chicago vs. Cincinnati pick.

Assessing Chicago and Cincy

Believe it or not – Chicago has fired a blank on no fewer than five occasions this year. Having failed to score against RBNY, Philly, DC, Montreal, and Columbus, the Fire officially has the bluntest forward line in Major League Soccer.

Averaging a measly 0.5 goals per game in 2021, Wicky’s men are already in real danger of missing out on a playoff berth for the fourth season in a row.

After taking just a single point from their opening five matches this term, the Illinois club secured a rare 1-0 victory over Inter Miami last month. However, the win against the Herons failed to spark a resurgence.

Chicago lost to Montreal prior to the break before suffering a 2-0 defeat to Columbus last weekend. Despite recording a whopping 15 shots against the Crew, the Fire failed to register a single attempt on target. That statistic sums up the team perfectly.

On the flip side, Cincinnati’s problems stem from the team’s inability to defend. I mean, Jaap Stam’s men have already conceded 17 goals in seven matches this season – averaging just under 2.5 goals against per game.

Not only have the Orange & Blue conceded over 1.5 goals on five occasions this term, but they have also let in over 2.5 goals three times.

Heavy losses to New York City (5-0), Orlando (3-0), and Inter Miami (3-2) were followed by a surprise 2-1 win over Montreal. Since then, Cincy has suffered defeats to New England and Colorado without scoring a goal.

Having conceded a whopping 12 goals across their first four matches this year, Stam’s men can take confidence from the fact they have only let in four goals in their previous three outings. Still, that isn’t a record to be proud of.

Chicago vs. Cincinnati Prediction and Pick

  • The Draw

The draw is my Chicago Fire vs. FC Cincinnati betting pick, simply because I don’t think that either team is good enough to claim all three points on Wednesday.

In my opinion, odds of 1.64 for the home win are far too low. Chicago isn’t that much better than Cincinnati, so the juicy price for the draw bet feels like a great option here.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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