The time’s nearly upon us for MLS action scheduled for Thursday as Chicago Fire will take on New York City FC.
All Chicago Fire v New York City FC match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below - as well as the best betting odds.
Chicago Fire head into this match following a 0-0 MLS drawn game against Nashville.
In that match, Chicago Fire had 63% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Nashville got 5 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target.
An interesting theme in more recent Chicago Fire games is the number of nil scores.
From their previous 6 clashes before this one, in 5 of them a wager on BTTS would've been a losing one.
New York City FC
Since being defeated in their last game at the hands of New York Red Bulls in MLS action, New York City FC will be aiming to make amends here.
In that game, New York City FC had 65% possession and 14 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. On the other side, New York Red Bulls had 16 attempts at goal with 6 on target. Fernandez (43') was the scorer for New York Red Bulls.
New York City FC have been good when going forward in their most recent fixtures, having scored 8 goals in their last 6 matches. This doesn’t mask the fact that New York City FC have been somewhat leaky at the back, having also been scored against in 6 of those same outings. That kind of trend won’t necessarily be carried forward into this match, though.
Head to head
A study of their past head to head meetings going back to 26/09/2018 reveals that these encounters have not been happy ones for Chicago Fire. They have not managed to get themselves any wins whatsoever while New York City FC have remained in the ascendancy, running out winners in 67% of those matches.
A combined sum of 16 goals were produced between them in these games, with 5 of them for Men in Red and 11 created by The Pigeons. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.67.
The previous league match between these clubs was MLS match day 23 on 05/08/2021 when it finished Chicago Fire 0-0 New York City FC.
That day, Chicago Fire managed 53% possession and 5 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target.
New York City FC had 15 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target.
The referee was Baldomero Toledo.
Team News: Chicago Fire
Almost everyone can be considered, as there’s just one fitness concern for the Chicago Fire gaffer Raphaël Wicky to contend with due to a largely intact group of players. Kenneth Kronholm (Knee Injury) won’t play.
Team News: New York City FC
From a largely available group of players, there’s only the lone fitness problem for the New York City FC boss Ronny Deila to contend with. Santiago Rodríguez (Hamstring Injury) misses out for this game.
We’re inclined to think that Chicago Fire are dangerous enough to find the net against this New York City FC side, but one goal may not be as many as they will have scored against them.
Our tip is for a close game with a 1-2 winning score for New York City FC when the full-time whistle blows. It should be a decent one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Soldier Field (61,500)
Captain: Francisco Calvo
Chairman: Joe Mansueto
Manager: Raphaël Wicky
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Eastern Conference)