Major League Soccer: Chicago Fire vs Sporting Kansas City
Toyota Park – Saturday, March 10th 2018 – 18:00 ET (23:00 GMT)
Chicago Fire vs Sporting Kansas City: Preview
After an impressive 2017 regular season, where they finished up third in the Eastern Conference, Chicago Fire fell at the first hurdle in the playoffs.
This season Veljko Paunović will be hoping to take his side into the playoffs again and reach the latter stages of the postseason competition. He has strengthened his squad in the hope of continuing to head his side in the right direction.
— Chicago Fire (@ChicagoFire) March 6, 2018
Sporting Kansas City didn’t start their 2018 campaign in the fashion they would have wanted to. They lost 2-0 to NYCFC in a surprising home defeat. Now they have to bounce back.
However, Sporting KC struggled on the road in their last eight games of 2017. They failed to pick up a win in any of those ties. The last time they made the trip to Bridgeview (2016) they lost 1-0, so the SKC faithful will be hoping history doesn’t repeat itself.
The pressure will ramp up on Peter Vermes and his side if they fail to take a positive result this weekend. They are at the foot of the Western Conference after week one and could potentially find themselves four points adrift of the playoffs if they lose this game.
— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) March 6, 2018
Chicago Fire vs Sporting Kansas City: Team News
❌ Suspensions: None
❓ Doubts: None
🚑 Out: Djordje Mihailovic (right ACL surgery), Michael de Leeuw (left ACL surgery) and Jonathan Campbell (facial fracture)
(Take a look at all Chicago Fire’s key transfer business this winter by clicking the image above)
Sporting Kansas City
❌ Suspensions: None
❓ Doubts: Brad Evans (lower back) and Khiry Shelton (leg bruise)
🚑 Out: None
Chicago Fire vs Sporting Kansas City: Key Stats
Chicago Fire’s MLS form: N/A
Sporting Kansas City’s MLS form: L
Key stat: Homesick – Sporting KC have not won any of their last eight MLS outings on the road.
Chicago Fire vs Sporting Kansas City: Prediction
Chicago Fire 1-1 Sporting Kansas City – Given that it is Chicago’s opening game there is going to be a buzz around Toyota Park, so the expectancy for them to deliver will be high. Sporting KC need to pick up a point at the very least here but that is by no means going to be an easy task. A draw looks a likely outcome for this one.