Competition: Major League Soccer – Chicago Fire vs. Orlando City
Venue: Toyota Park – Sunday, August 14 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)
Match Odds: Chicago 19/20 – Draw 12/5 – Orlando 13/5
Chicago have endured another disappointing season and sit bottom of the Supporters’ Shield standings after 22 weeks.
They have only managed to record four wins in 21 matches and don’t look set to make a charge for the playoffs over the remainder of the season.
They come into Sunday’s clash off the back of Tuesday night’s US Open Cup defeat at New England and so spirits might have taken another big knock ahead of Sunday’s match.
Orlando don’t come into this one in much better form themselves. Jason Kreis has replaced Adrian Heath but results have yet to really improve.
They fell 3-1 at home to Seattle last weekend and have only won once in their last seven MLS outings.
The Lions haven’t won on the road in nine attempts and are really up against it in the hunt for a first MLS Playoff appearance come the end of the season.
This will be the fifth MLS meeting in two seasons between Chicago and Orlando. The Fire have yet to beat the Lions, drawing twice and losing twice so far.
Chicago Fire are definitely without Joao Meira, while Matt Polster is a doubt. There may be some changes to the side after playing at New England on Tuesday night, with fatigue a potential issue for a few players.
Orlando City have two suspended players that won’t feature here, with David Mateos and Antonio Nocerino both out. On top of that, Pedro Ribeiro, Harrison Heath, Rafael Ramos and Tommy Redding are all injured.
Chicago Fire’s last five: W/L/L/D/L
Orlando City’s last five: L/D/D/W/L
Key Stat: Chicago Fire are unbeaten in six home games in MLS (W3 D3) – their best run of form at Toyota Park in two years.
Key Player: David Accam – Chicago’s star striker always provides a threat on the counter-attack and tends to enjoy playing Orlando. He has scored in three of his four matches against the Lions since joining MLS and will fancy his chances of adding to his tally on Sunday.
Chicago Fire 2-2 Orlando City – There should be goals in Sunday’s clash, with both defences certainly not the most solid. Chicago have picked up their home form of late and will expect to avoid defeat, but Orlando need to improve their form and will be going for the win. This should be entertaining but it looks set to end a draw.