Competition: Major League Soccer – Chicago Fire vs. FC Dallas
Venue: Toyota Park – Sunday, August 2 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: Chicago 6/4 – Draw 12/5 – Dallas 17/10
Chicago come into the game off the back of a 2-2 draw with New England Revolution last weekend. They ended a two-game losing run with that draw but will be disappointed to have let a 2-1 lead slip in the final 15 minutes.
Frank Yallop’s team sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and are watching their playoff hopes fade on a weekly basis as sides around them pick up points. The Fire are five points off sixth place and need to start winning their home games to stand any chance.Embed from Getty Images
That won’t be easy this week against a Dallas side in unstoppable form right now, though the Fire have won this fixture in each of the last three seasons and have now officially won four Brimstone Cup titles – four less than Dallas.
FCD will expect to claim the bragging rights in this rivalry on Sunday though for the first time in four years, since they beat Chicago 2-1 at Toyota Park in 2011.
They come into the game off the back of five-straight wins and are just one victory away from equalling their best ever winning streak record of six games. They did that at the end of 1999 and start of 2000 so it would be quite a feat if they can secure all three points on Sunday.Embed from Getty Images
Three points would also see them remain at the top of both the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings so there is so much at stake for Oscar Pareja’s men this weekend.
Chicago will be without Jeff Larentowicz and Ty Harden, while Mike Magee is a doubt. Kennedy Igboananike will expect to start as the lone striker once again with David Accam out wide.
FC Dallas have no injury concerns ahead of this one and could name an unchanged side from the team that beat Portland 4-1 last week. Michael Barrios score twice last week and will look to impress again.
Chicago Fire’s last five: D/W/L/L/D
FC Dallas’ last five: W/W/W/W/W
Key Stat: FC Dallas have scored at least two goals in each of their last five games, winning all of those.
Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The Colombian winger impressed in the second-half of the MLS All-Star game and has four goals in his last six games for FCD. Expect him to hurt Chicago on Sunday.Embed from Getty Images
Chicago Fire 1-3 FC Dallas – Chicago may have won the last three meetings between the two but Dallas look to be unbeatable. They will be too strong for the Fire here and will equal their best ever winning streak record of six games come the end of play on Sunday night.