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Sunday’s MLS fixture list brings us Chicago Fire facing off with D.C. United.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Chicago Fire v D.C. United can be found here - as well as up-to-date odds.
Chicago Fire will be hoping for a better result following a 3-2 MLS loss in their previous game against Toronto FC.
In that match, Chicago Fire had 62% possession and 32 shots on goal with 8 on target. For Chicago Fire, the scorers were Carlos Terán (52') and Kacper Przybyłko (66'). Toronto FC got 5 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Deandre Kerr (13') and Pozuelo (71', 78') scored for Toronto FC.
Matches involving Chicago Fire have tended to be exciting ones of late with a lot of goalmouth action being a common characteristic. Over their past half dozen clashes alone, a grand total of 23 goals have flown in for both sides combined (at an average of 3.83 goals per game) with 8 of those coming from Chicago Fire.
Since being defeated in their last game at the hands of New York Red Bulls in MLS competition, D.C. United and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that match, D.C. United managed 47% possession and 4 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. For D.C. United, the goals were scored by Ola Kamara (87') and Antonio Alfaro (90' Own goal). For their opponents, New York Red Bulls got 14 attempts at goal with 6 on target. Luquinhas (54', 58') and Lewis Morgan (63') scored for New York Red Bulls.
The numbers tell their own story, and D.C. United have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, conceding 13 goals in all. Defensively, D.C. United can certainly do much better. Nevertheless, time will tell whether such a trend will continue on in this next game or not.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head meetings stretching back to 28/07/2019, both clubs have shared the honours with Chicago Fire winning 2 of those games, D.C. United 2 and 2 being draws in regulation time.
In all, 13 goals were yielded between them throughout the course of those matches, with 6 of them for Men in Red and 7 belonging to Black-and-Red. The average goals per game has been 2.17.
The last league clash between the two was MLS match day 4 on 13/03/2022 and the score finished D.C. United 0-2 Chicago Fire.
In that match, D.C. United had 56% possession and 15 shots at goal with 5 on target.
Chicago Fire had 13 attempts on goal with 7 on target. Stanislav Ivanov (32') and Jonathan Bornstein (81') scored.
The match was refereed by Rubiel Vazquez.
Team News: Chicago Fire
We are thinking that Men in Red will probably kick off with a 4-2-3-1 system and select Gabriel Slonina, Boris Sekulic, Carlos Terán, Rafael Czichos, M. Ángel Navarro, Federico Navarro, Gastón Giménez, Chinonso Offor, Xherdan Shaqiri, Chris Mueller and Kacper Przybylko.
Team News: D.C. United
In an otherwise healthy squad, there’s only the one fitness problem for the D.C. United boss Chad Ashton to be concerned about. Andy Nájar (Hamstring Injury) won’t be in action.
We are inclined to think that Black-and-Red appear most likely to play in a 3-4-3 lineup by sending out Bill Hamid, Hayden Sargis, Steve Birnbaum, Tony Alfaro, Julian Gressel, Drew Skundrich, Sofiane Djeffal, Brad Smith, Taxiarchis Fountas, Ola Kamara and Edison Flores.
In our view, D.C. United could find themselves up against it to see themselves scoring against this Chicago Fire team who we reckon should end up scoring and possibly keep a clean sheet as well.
We’re going for a good tussle with a 1-0 winning margin for Chicago Fire at the conclusion of the game.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Soldier Field (61,500)
Captain: Rafael Czichos
Chairman: Joe Mansueto
Manager: Ezra Hendrickson
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Eastern Conference)