Major League Soccer: Chicago Fire vs LA Galaxy
Toyota Park – Saturday, April 14th 2018 – 15:30 ET (20:30 BST)
UK TV Coverage: Live on Sky Sports Football
Chicago Fire vs LA Galaxy: Preview
Saturday afternoon sees Chicago Fire welcome LA Galaxy to Toyota Park. There is plenty of interest in this one, with Bastian Schweinsteiger facing off against former Manchester United teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The home side have picked up after a disappointing start to the 2018 season. Their back-to-back losses have been followed up with a draw and their first win of the campaign.
That 1-0 win came against Crew SC in a hard fought game. It’s not going to be an easy afternoon for Chicago this weekend, as their squad is still riddled with injuries. Much of the same fighting spirit from last weekend is going to be needed.
— Nikolic Nemanja (@niko_nemanja) April 12, 2018
LA Galaxy are looking to get back to winning ways. They come into this one having lost 2-0 at home against Sporting KC. Despite that loss they still sit third in the Western Conference. It was a tough one to take given how many chance Galaxy created.
Cameras will once again be on Ibrahimovic, who is heading back to fitness and hoping for more involvement here. Both of his appearances have been off the bench, but whether he is ready to start from the off remains to be seen.
There are some questions surrounding The Galaxy defence, who have conceded five goals in their last two games. Given their recent form on the road they cannot afford to give Chicago easy chances.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) April 9, 2018
Chicago Fire vs LA Galaxy: Team News
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: Mo Adams (left elbow), Jonathan Campbell (facial fracture) and Kevin Ellis (undisclosed).
🚑 Out: Djordje Mihailovic (right ACL surgery), Michael de Leeuw (left ACL surgery), Jorge Corrales (infection), Matt Polster (MCL sprain) and Luis Solignac (left quad).
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: Giovani dos Santos (hamstring) and Michael Ciani (groin).
🚑 Out: Bradford Jamieson IV (concussion).
Chicago Fire vs LA Galaxy: Key Stats
Chicago Fire’s MLS form: L/L/D/W
LA Galaxy’s MLS form: W/L/D/W/L
Key stat: Homesick – LA Galaxy haven’t won the road in their last 11 attempts.
Chicago Fire vs LA Galaxy: Prediction
Chicago Fire 2-2 LA Galaxy – The Fire look like they’re waking up after that sluggish start and are ready to climb the Eastern Conference. There is ground to make up – so a win here would be a more than welcomed result. LA Galaxy are still looking good in the West despite a couple of shaky results. It’s important that they can end a winless run on the road but a score draw looks a more likely outcome this weekend.