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Columbus Crew are set to play against Chicago Fire in Wednesday’s forthcoming MLS fixture.
All Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire game predictions, stats and user poll are shown below - plus the latest betting odds.
Columbus Crew, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following the 3-0 MLS victory over Chicago Fire.
In that game, Columbus Crew had 67% possession and 17 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The only player to score for Columbus Crew was Cucho Hernández (8', 16', 23'). For their opponents, Chicago Fire got 8 shots at goal with 1 on target.
Matches involving Columbus Crew have often been absorbing ones lately with a lot of goalmouth action expected. Over their past half dozen clashes alone, the sum total of 20 goals have gone in for both sides combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 12 of them being chalked up by Columbus Crew.
The trend of at least one team not managing to score in games featuring Chicago Fire has become evident recently. Examining their last six meetings shows that it’s happened 5 times. During those clashes, opposing sides have hit a goal total of 11 and Chicago Fire have scored 2. That sort of pattern isn’t assured to be carried forward here, however.
Head to head
Looking at their past head to head clashes going back to 19/06/2021 shows us that Columbus Crew have won 4 of these games and Chicago Fire 1, with the tally of drawn matches being 1.
An aggregate of 13 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 9 for The Crew and 4 coming from Men in Red. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.17.
The previous league fixture featuring the two was MLS match day 25 on 11/06/2023 which finished with the scoreline of Chicago Fire 1-2 Columbus Crew.
In that match, Chicago Fire managed 43% possession and 7 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Their only player to score was Xherdan Shaqiri (88').
At the other end, Columbus Crew got 12 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Cucho Hernández (59') and Lucas Zelarayán (93') scored.
The match was refereed by Mark Allatin.
Team News: Columbus Crew
Looking at personnel, there is just a single fitness concern for the Columbus Crew gaffer Wilfried Nancy to contend with thanks to an otherwise robust group. Will Sands (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) will miss out.
Team News: Chicago Fire
Chicago Fire manager Frank Klopas has a number of players out of action. Chris Mueller (Hip Injury) and Victor Bezerra (Leg Injury) are not able to play.
It looks to us that Columbus Crew have it within them to have the majority of the possession and should be able to turn a few of their chances into goals.
However, Chicago Fire will not find it easy to get shooting opportunities although we do think it’s probable that they will be seeing enough of the ball to score, too.
We’re tipping a fairly comfortable 3-1 victory for Columbus Crew at the end of the match.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Lower.com Field (20,371)
Captain: Darlington Nagbe
Chairman: Tim Bezbatchenko
Manager: Wilfried Nancy
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Eastern Conference)