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Philadelphia Union take on Chicago Fire in Saturday’s big MLS fixture.
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Philadelphia Union won’t want a repeat of their last result here after a 3-1 MLS losing effort in their last game against FC Cincinatti.
In that match, Philadelphia Union had 52% possession and 15 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Philadelphia Union was Paxten Aaronson (77'). At the other end, FC Cincinatti got 13 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. Brandon Vázquez (50'), Brenner (55') and Álvaro Barreal (71') scored for FC Cincinatti.
Three or more goals per game were recorded in 5 of the last 6 fixtures where Philadelphia Union have taken part. Opposition teams scored 5 of them in this period while Philadelphia Union managed a tally of 19.
Chicago Fire will come into the game following a 2-3 MLS win with the eclipse of Charlotte FC in their last fixture.
In that match, Chicago Fire managed 40% possession and 14 shots at goal with 8 on target. For Chicago Fire, the scorers were Kacper Przybyłko (21', 52') and Federico Navarro (24'). At the other end, Charlotte FC got 12 shots at goal with 5 on target. Yordy Reyna (1') and Karol Świderski (45') scored for Charlotte FC.
Throughout their 6 most recent matches, Ezra Hendrickson's Chicago Fire have seen their goal attempts be successful a total of 11 times therefore yielding them the goals scored per game average of 1.83.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head meetings stretching back to 18/08/2019, there has been little to separate the clubs with Philadelphia Union winning 2 of those games, Chicago Fire 2 and 2 being draws in regulation time.
A combined sum of 16 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 8 of them from The U and 8 belonging to Men in Red. That is an average goals per game value of 2.67.
The last league clash between these clubs was MLS match day 24 on 30/06/2022 which ended up with the score at Chicago Fire 1-0 Philadelphia Union.
That day, Chicago Fire managed 57% possession and 14 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Their only player to score was Federico Navarro (68').
For their opponents, Philadelphia Union got 8 shots on goal with 2 on target.
The match was refereed by Michael Radchuk.
Team News: Philadelphia Union
The Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin will be grateful not to have any fitness concerns to speak of before this clash thanks to a fully healthy group available to select from.
In all likelihood, The U will probably kick off with a 4-1-2-1-2 system for this one with Andre Blake, Olivier Mbaizo, Jack Elliott, Jakob Glesnes, Kai Wagner, Jose Andres Martinez, Alejandro Bedoya, Leon Flach, Dániel Gazdag, Mikael Uhre and Julián Carranza.
Team News: Chicago Fire
Owing to an otherwise full-strength group, there’s only the lone fitness problem for the Chicago Fire manager Ezra Hendrickson to be concerned with. Wyatt Omsberg (Foot surgery) won’t be in action.
There’s a good chance that Men in Red seem likely to play in a 4-2-3-1 lineup using Gabriel Slonina, Boris Sekulic, Mauricio Pineda, Rafael Czichos, M. Ángel Navarro, Gastón Giménez, Federico Navarro, Jairo Torres, Xherdan Shaqiri, Chris Mueller and Kacper Przybylko.
It looks to us that Philadelphia Union can get a couple of goals in this one when they meet Chicago Fire, who might well find it difficult scoring.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a 2-0 winning margin for Philadelphia Union at the end of the match.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Subaru Park (18,500)
Captain: Alejandro Bedoya
Chairman: Jay Sugarman
Manager: Jim Curtin
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Eastern Conference)