The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, commonly known as the U.S. Open Cup (USOC), is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the U.S. and the world’s third-longest-running open football tournament. Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Chicago Fire have qualified for the Round of 16 after beating Saint Louis FC 1-0. They will face FC Cincinnati on Wednesday and are highly motivated to reach the next round. Chicago are heavily favoured in our betting tip in which we recommend bettors to place a handicap bet.
FC Cincinnati face a tough test in the US Open Cup – underdogs in the betting tip
FC Cincinnati have no fear of Chicago Fire despite being outsiders for the Ro16 clash on Wednesday. They are going to fight hard but the odds are against them as Chicago have a higher squad value and a better form. The team of head coach Alan Koch currently sits in 6th spot in the USL Eastern Conference with 20 points from 15 matches and a goal difference of 17:15. Cincinnati recovered Saturday after three winless games in a row as they snatched a 2-0 win over Saint Louis FC. One of their key players and best goalscorer is Djiby Fall who have already scored seven goals in eight matches. However, their defence is anything but solid at the moment as they conceded four goals in their last four league games. Cincinnati are the rank outsiders in our betting tip, but they will do everything to spring a surprise and make it to the quarter-finals.
Chicago Fire are in great form – heavy favourites in the betting tip
World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger has made quite an impression in his first few months with the Chicago Fire, but his best might still be to come. Chicago are enjoying a great season and their form is fantastic with nine unbeaten games in a row. They currently sit in second place in the MLS Eastern Conference with 31 points from 16 matches (9 wins, 4 draws, 3 losses) and a goal difference of 27:17, four points above New York City FC and just one point behind conference leaders Toronto FC. When it comes to the comparison of market values, Chicago have a clear edge over Cincinnati with a squad value of 21.58m. Their next opponents currently play in the second division and have a squad value of just 3.20m. Nemanja Nikolics is Chicago’s most prolific goalscorer this season with an impressive 13 goals in 16 matches. Chicago Fire are on fire and have scored 14 goals in their last seven matches, conceding only three. The team of coach Veljko Paunovic is hoping to get off to a good start in the game. We think that a handicap bet would be the best choice for this one.
Betting tip for Chicago Fire versus FC Cincinnati
The betting odds are not yet available but will be added as soon as we receive them. Chicago Fire are in a better form and will be the favourites in this knockout competition match. Not only is their squad value about six times higher, but with midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger they also have a player in the squad who can make a difference. Cincinnati won only once in their last four games and for that reason, we go for a Chicago handicap victory over Cincinnati FC.
Here you find the odds comparison for the upcoming match between Chicago Fire and FC Cincinnati.