Saturday’s MLS fixture list sees Orlando City vs Chicago Fire.
Our tips, poll and stats for Orlando City v Chicago Fire can all be found here including the latest game odds.
Orlando City will be hoping for a repeat of their last result, following a 2-1 MLS success against Inter Miami.
The only scorer from Orlando City was Pereyra (69'). Reyes (34' Own goal) and Shea (65') scored for Inter Miami.
Orlando City have been on a persistent run of goalscoring form, hitting the target in each and every one of their last 6 matches.
They’ve hit an aggregate of 12 during that period while also conceding a total of 8.
In the game prior to this, Chicago Fire drew 2-2 in the MLS match with Columbus Crew.
In that match, Chicago Fire had 43% possession and 15 attempts at goal with 6 on target. For Chicago Fire, the scorers were Mihailovic (11') and Berič (14'). For their opponents, Columbus Crew had 20 shots at goal with 6 on target. Alashe (68') and Zardes (88') scored for Columbus Crew.
In as many as 5 out of the previous 6 clashes involving Chicago Fire, at least three goals have been hit. The average goals scored per game in that spell is 2.83, with the average number of goals for Men in Red coming out as 1.17. We will have to find out if that trend will be continued on in this game.
Head to head
Delving into past results between these clubs going back to 04/06/2017 reveals that these fixtures have not been good ones for Orlando City. They have not been able to get themselves any victories whatsoever while Chicago Fire have just been stronger than them, finishing as winners in 67 per cent of those games played.
A combined sum of 20 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 4 for The Lions and 16 for Men in Red. The average goals per game has been 3.33.
The previous league meeting between these clubs was MLS match day 41 on 06/10/2019 which ended up with the score at Orlando City 2-5 Chicago Fire.
That time, Orlando City had 47% possession and 17 attempts on goal with 10 on target. The scorers were Akindele (5'), Smith (17' Own goal) and Michel (74').
Chicago Fire had 20 attempts on goal with 9 on target. Sapong (61'), Katai (63') and Frankowski (67', 87') scored.
The match was refereed by Pierre-Luc Lauziere.
Team News: Orlando City
Orlando City manager Óscar Pareja has zero fitness concerns at all before this match owing to a completely injury-free group available to select from.
Team News: Chicago Fire
With a completely injury-free group available to choose from, Chicago Fire manager Raphaël Wicky does not have any fitness worries at all ahead of this clash.
When taking everything into account, Chicago Fire will need to apply a lot of pressure to be putting a goal past this Orlando City side who we reckon will end up scoring and possibly keep a clean sheet as well.
We’re therefore expecting a very competitive encounter with a 1-0 win for Orlando City at the end of the 90 minutes.
A close call.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Exploria Stadium (25,500)
Captain: Luís Nani
Chairman: Flávio Augusto da Silva
Manager: Óscar Pareja
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Eastern Conference), MLS is Back (Final)