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MLS Preview and Prediction: Chicago Fire vs New England Revolution

Chicago Fire vs New England Revolution Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution 

Venue: Toyota Park – Saturday, July 25 – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST)

Match Odds: Chicago Fire 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – New England Revolution 12/5

Match Preview

Chicago Fire host last season’s MLS Cup finalists New England Revolution on Saturday night with both sides in desperate need of win, and fast.

Chicago have the worst record in the league to date, being the only side with a points per game ratio below one.

With just one win in their last eight, Chicago need to start picking up points soon, as a playoff spot still isn’t out of the question with three months to go.

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They must start by making Toyota Park an absolute fortress as we approach the end of the campaign and a win against the Revs this week would be a real boost.

Chicago Fire’s 2015 record in MLS: P22 – W7 – D6 – L9

New England aren’t much better off as they have picked up only three points out of a possible eighteen in their last six.

They ended a five-game losing streak at home to NYCFC last weekend and will hope to record back-to-back wins for the first time in three months here.

There is no question that New England have struggled to replicate their form of 2014, and will need the star pairing of Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones back to fitness and in form if they are to come close to the MLS Cup final again.

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New England’s 2015 record in MLS: P19 – W5 – D3 – L11

They have the third worst away record in MLS this season and will be looking to win on the road for just the third time in 2015 in what should be a tight game in Chicago.

Team News

Chicago Fire are without Shaun Maloney and Jeff Larentowicz through injury and Ty Harden is a doubt for the clash. Jason Johnson is suspended.

New England Revolution are missing Darius Barnes and Jermaine Jones through injury. Kevin Alston is a doubt with a hamstring strain. Jose Goncalves is suspended.

Key Points

Chicago Fire’s last five: L/D/W/L/L

New England’s last five: L/L/L/L/W

Key Stat: New England Revolution have lost their last six away matches in MLS.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – 2014 MVP candidate Nguyen is still the star man for this New England side and they’ll need all his creativity come Saturday as they desperately need to hit form as they approach the end of the season.

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Score Prediction

Chicago Fire 1-2 New England Revolution – Both sides are in bad run of form, but the Revolution should have enough to edge it, even with their dreadful record away from home in recent times hanging over them.

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