Competition: Major League Soccer – Chicago Fire vs. Seattle Sounders
Venue: Toyota Park – Saturday, July 11 – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST)
Match Odds: Chicago Fire 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – Seattle Sounders 5/2
Chicago Fire have failed to set the league alight so far, and a visit from a strong Seattle side is far from what they need right now, but with Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins missing for the visitors they will see it as a chance to pick up three points.
However, with no win in five, the Fire are in a bad patch of form that suggests Seattle will be favourites.Embed from Getty Images
Chicago Fire’s record in MLS: P16 – W4 – D3 – L9
Seattle come into this one as a team missing three key men, and a blip in form suggests they are suffering without them.
Having lost their last three away from home, Seattle will be desperate to continue to pick up points as they hunt back-to-back Supporters’ Shield titles.
Seattle Sounders’ record in MLS: P19 – W10 – D2 – L7
They still remain top of the Western Conference and a victory will ease the absence of Martins and Dempsey for at least another week.Embed from Getty Images
Chicago Fire will be without Shaun Maloney and Jeff Larentowicz through injury. David Accam is a doubt with a hamstring strain and may not feature. Joevin Jones is away on international duty.
Seattle Sounders are missing keeper’ Stefan Frei and Obafemi Martins through injury and Andres Correa is a doubt for the clash. Brad Evans, Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa are all away at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Chicago Fire’s last five in MLS: L/L/L/L/D
Seattle Sounders’ last five in MLS: W/L/L/L/W
Key Stat: Chicago Fire have never beaten Seattle Sounders when playing at home.
Key Player: Harry Shipp – Young, creative midfielder, Shipp has been a revelation since joining the Fire and will be the pinnacle if the Fire are to win.Embed from Getty Images
Chicago Fire 0-2 Seattle Sounders – Seattle are far from full strength but we expect them to have enough to surpass Chicago.