MLS Preview and Prediction: Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew

Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew

Venue: Toyota Park – Thursday, October 13 – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST) 

Match Odds: Chicago 17/10 – Draw 23/10 – Columbus 29/20

Match Preview

Chicago Fire welcome Columbus Crew to Toyota Park on Thursday evening in the first of three remaining fixtures for these two Eastern Conference sides in the regular season.

The Fire are still bottom of the East on 27 points, with nine points left to play for the highest place they could finish if all results go their way is 8th.

This has been another difficult season for Chicago fans who are likely to see their side finish bottom of the overall standings by the end of gameweek 34.

Chicago come into this tie without a win in five, picking up one point from a possible 15. This is the second meeting in a row between these two sides, Chicago lost 3-0 to Columbus less than two weeks ago.

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Columbus Crew have a very slim, outside chance of still making the playoffs, they are reliant on winning all three of their remaining games and other results going their way.

Though finishing in the top six seems extremely unlikely, Crew have to do everything possible in their remaining three.

Columbus have picked up nine points in their last five games and if they had shown form like that throughout the season they could well have been in the mix for a playoff spot.

Their 3-0 win over Chicago last time out will give them great confidence of making it two on the bounce in this fixture.

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Team News

Chicago Fire have just two injury concerns ahead of this tie as Matt Lampson is out while Nick LaBrocca is a doubt.

Columbus Crew could be without as many as seven players as Matt Pacifici, Ben Swanson, Cedrick Mabwati, Tyson Wahl and Waylon Francis are all expected to be out, while Federico Higuain and Conor Casey are both doubts.

Key Points

Chicago Fire’s last five: L/D/L/L/L

Columbus Crew’s last five: L/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: Chicago Fire are unbeaten in 14 of their last 15 home games against Columbus in all competitions.

Key Player: Ola Kamara – The Crew forward has netted 15 goals in 24 regular season appearances. Ola Kamara Columbus Crew

Score Prediction

Chicago Fire 1-2 Columbus Crew – Columbus to pick up their second win in as many games against Chicago. Although Fire can take some confidence into the game with their home form against Crew, avoiding defeat in this one looks a step too far.

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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