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MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs Chicago Fire

DC United vs Chicago Fire Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Chicago Fire

Venue: RFK Stadium – Wednesday, June 3 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Thursday, June 4)

Match Odds: DC United 23/20 – Draw 23/10 – Chicago Fire 12/5

Match Preview

DC United welcome Chicago Fire to RFK Stadium on Wednesday night as they look to continue their 16-game unbeaten home run.

DCU come into this one off the back of a 2-1 home win over Philadelphia Union last weekend. Ben Olsen‘s side are four points clear at the top of the Eastern Conference but are one point behind Seattle Sounders in the race for the MLS Supporters Shield.

DC put their three game streak without a win to bed after beating the Union and Olsen will be expecting his side to regain the form which saw them go on an eight-game unbeaten run earlier in the season.

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Chicago Fire come into the game after ending a four game run without a win. The Fire put three past Montreal Impact without response and confidence will be high again in the camp.

Frank Yallop‘s side are sitting sixth in the Eastern Conference and cannot afford another lengthy spell without a win.

The Fire are yet to win on the road this season and it doesn’t get much more difficult than Wednesday’s tie as DC are on a 16 game unbeaten home run.

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It hasn’t been the best start to the season for Chicago, but if they can take a positive result from this one they could kick-start a good run of form.

Team News

DC United will be without Eddie Johnson, Fabian Espindola, Luis Silva, Nick Deleon and Michael Farfan through injury. Davy Arnaud and Bobby Boswell are one booking away from suspension.

Chicago Fire will be without Patrick Nyarko through injury, while Shaun Maloney is on international duty with Scotland.

Key Points

DC United’s last five: W/L/D/L/W

Chicago Fire’s last five: L/L/D/D/W

Key Stat: DC United are undefeated in their last 16 MLS games at home.

Key Player: Chris Rolfe – The experienced forward netted from the penalty spot last time out and will be hoping to build on his tally of four goals so far this season.

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Score Prediction

DC United 2-1 Chicago – DC to continue their unbeaten home run in a tight tie with a narrow win against their Eastern Conference rivals. There could be goals in this one but expect home advantage to count.

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About Lewis Addley (634 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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