Chicago Fire' seven-game unbeaten streak in all competitions came to an end in Vancouver last Saturday (2-3), in a thrilling match, in which the hosts outplayed their opponents for large parts (especially during the second half), but it wasn't enough even for one point.In the matter of fact, it wasn't the first time this season in which Veljko Paunovic's side lose points due to its shaky defense, given that the hosts conceded a total of 34 goals in the previous nineteen rounds (third-worst defense in the Eastern Conference) and at least one goal in eight of their ten games at Toyota Park in this period (4-2-4 16/16).
At the same time, Chicago Fire owns considerable potential in attack in Bastian Schweinsteiger (m / 17+2), Alan Gordon (m / 16+4), Aleksandar Katai (m / 18+8), Elliot Collier (f / 14+1), Diego Campos (f / 12+1), Nemanja Nikolics (f / 18+8), etc., as the hosts have scored two or more goals ten times in the previous nineteen rounds and in three of their last four games at this stadium against Houston Dynamo (2-3), San Jose Earthquakes (2-1), New England Revolution (1-1) and New York City on June 30 (3-2).
Patrick McLain (g / 3+0), Matt Polster (d / 1+0), Drew Conner (m / 4+0), Daniel Johnson (m / 5+0), Luis Solignac (f / 7+0) and Michael de Leeuw (f / 0+0) will miss this match due to injuries, but McLain, Conner and Johnson are unavailable since early June, Solignac is not a regular starter, while Michael de Leeuw haven't played a single minute this season.
Philadelphia Union is another team with chances to finish the regular season in the top 6 in the Eastern Conference, where the guests are currently on 8th place (6-3-9 21/27), three points behind sixth-placed Montreal Impact, but still with a game in hand.It won't be an easy task actually, given that Jim Curtin's men are not doing well lately, especially in defense, conceding a total of 11 goals in their last five games in the league against Atlanta United (a 1-3 loss in Atlanta on June 2 and a 0-2 home loss last Saturday), Toronto FC (0-2/home), Vancouver Whitecaps (4-0/home) and Los Angeles FC on June 30 (1-4/away).On the other hand, it should be noted that the guests have scored just six goals in the first nine rounds, compared to 15 goals in the last nine.Jim Curtin has a full squad to choose from.
I expect more than two goals in this match between the teams of Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union.
* - Odds correct at time of publication, and are subject to change.
- Pickover 2.50 1
- Odds-169 Pinnacle
- Match result3-4 (+4.72)
Substitutes Chicago Fire
Head 2 head
Head 2 head Statistics
|Type||Chicago Fire||Philadelphia Union|
Last 5 home Chicago Fire
|01.07.18||Chicago - New Yor1k City||3-2||MLS|
|10.06.18||Chicago - New England||1-1||MLS|
|03.06.18||Chicago - San Jose||2-1||MLS|
|20.05.18||Chicago - Houston||2-3||MLS|
|10.05.18||Chicago - Montreal Impact||1-0||MLS|
Last 5 away Philadelphia Union
|01.07.18||Los An1geles FC - Philadelphia Union||4-1||MLS|
|02.06.18||Atlanta United - Philadelphia Union||3-1||MLS|
|26.05.18||New York RB - Philadelphia Union||0-0||MLS|
|12.05.18||Montreal Impact - Philadelphia Union||0-2||MLS|
|09.05.18||Columbus - Philadelphia Union||1-0||MLS|
Last 5 away Chicago Fire
|24.06.18||Seattle Sounders FC - Chicago||1-1||MLS|
|20.06.18||Atlanta United - Chicago||0-1||Cup|
|06.06.18||Columbus - Chicago||1-1||Cup|