MLS Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Chicago Fire

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire 

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Friday, September 11 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: NY Red Bulls 4/9 – Draw 7/2 – Chicago Fire 11/2

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls host Chicago Fire in an all Eastern Conference tie this Friday night as they look to continue to pile the pressure on top side DC United.

Red Bulls come into the tie off the back of their 3-0 win over leaders DC United, which has put them in a really strong position at this stage of the season. They have three games in hand over DC and are just two points behind.

Jesse Marsch’s side will be feeling confident ahead of this one, but know no tie is an easy three points, but this is a great chance for them to continue pushing for top spot.

New York Red Bulls will be setting their sights on fighting all the way for the Supporters’ Shield. LA Galaxy are in the lead, four points ahead, but have played three games more. It is important for Marsch’s side to finish the season in the best form possible to give them every chance of winning the Supporters’ Shield, but also to ensure they are confident heading into the playoffs.

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Chicago Fire sit bottom of the Eastern Conference on 27 points and although making the playoffs seems unlikely they still have to believe anything is possible.

They come into the game off the back of their 4-3 loss to Montreal Impact, which has to be the most entertaining fixture of last weekend.

The Fire haven’t won on the road all season and it will be an extremely tough task to take all three points here. They can take confidence that they won the earlier meeting in the campaign between the sides, 3-2.

Fire fans will be hoping Kennedy Igboananike can reproduce the form he showed against Red Bulls in the 3-2 win, where he netted twice.

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Team News

New York Red Bulls only injury concern is to Chirs Duvall, who is expected to miss out. Connor Lade and Dax McCarty are both one booking away from suspension.

Chicago Fire have just the one injury concern too. Adailton is expected to be their only absentee. Matt Polster and Eric Gehrig are also both one caution away from suspension.

Key Points

New York Red Bulls’ last five in MLS: D/W/W/L/W

Chicago Fire’s last five in MLS: D/L/W/D/L

Key Stat: Travel sick – Chicago haven’t won a regular season game on the road all season, drawing five and losing eight.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The Red Bulls forward has hit form at the right time. He netted twice in his last outing and has now scored 13 goals in 25 regular season appearances this campaign.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 3-0 Chicago Fire – Red Bulls to prove too strong for the Eastern Conference’s bottom side and come away with all three points as expected.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Chicago Fire

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Chicago Fire

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Friday, May 15th – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Saturday, May 16th)

Match Odds: New York City FC 13/10 – Draw 12/5 – Chicago Fire 2/1

Match Preview

New York City FC welcome Chicago Fire to the Yankee Stadium on Friday night in an all Eastern Conference MLS clash.

New York City’s tough start to life in MLS showed no signs of letting up at the Red Bull Arena on Monday as they lost 2-1 to the Red Bulls in the first ever New York derby.

That defeat was their fourth consecutive loss and they are now without a win in eight (D2, L6) – they’ve won just once from their opening ten games.

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Jason Kreis has seen his side score just seven times this season which is one of the main reasons that NYC find themselves 8th in the Eastern Conference and beginning to lose pace in the race for the playoffs already – only Montreal Impact have scored fewer goals (3), although they have only played five games compared to NYC’s 10.

Chicago Fire arrive in New York after a run of three straight wins has been halted by a defeat to Sporting Kansas City followed by a 2-1 loss at home to Real Salt Lake last time out.

The Fire have nine points from their first eight games and are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference but have lost all of their games on the road so far this season.

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Frank Yallop will be telling his players that this is one of the few away games this season that he will demand a positive result given the poor form of their opponents, and Chicago will hope to capitalise on New York City’s lack of confidence.

The two sides met just three weeks ago in a game that saw Chicago Fire run out as 1-0 winners at Toyota Park thanks to a goal from David Accam.

Team News

New York City will be without long term absentees George John and Tony Taylor, while Javier Calle and Adam Nemec are both doubts after missing the New York derby on Monday because of injury.

Chicago Fire’s Mike Magee and Patrick Nyarko both remain out, while Matt Watson has concussion so could miss the game.

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Key Points

New York City FC’s last five: D/L/L/L/L

Chicago Fire’s last five: W/W/W/L/L

Key Stat: These two sides are the lowest scoring teams in MLS, other than Montreal Impact, with just seven goals each.

Key Player: Harry Shipp – The Chicago midfielder has been one of their most impressive players so far this season with one goal and three assists to his name. He will be hoping to shine once again.

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Score Prediction

New York City FC 1-1 Chicago Fire – This has all the makings of a very tight and tense game. With both sides struggling for goals this season, combining the fact that Chicago have lost all their away games and New York City aren’t picking up many points, this will probably end all square.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Chicago Fire vs Toronto FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC

Venue: Toyota Park – Saturday, April 4 – 15:00 ET (20:00 BST)

Match Odds: Chicago Fire 6/4 – Draw 11/5 – Toronto FC 7/4

Match Preview

Chicago Fire welcome Toronto FC to Toyota Park for an all Eastern Conference clash on Saturday with both sides looking for their second win of the MLS season.

The Fire picked up a crucial three points in their first victory of the season when they beat Philadelphia Union 1-0 last weekend thanks to headed goal from Adailton.

Toronto succumbed to their second straight defeat in dramatic fashion away at Real Salt Lake last time out as an injury time goal by Jordan Allen stole the points just minutes after Jackson Goncalves has equalised for the Canadians.

PICTURE: Chicago celebrate taking the lead over Philadelphia (Courtesy of www.chicago-fire.com/)

PICTURE: Chicago celebrate taking the lead over Philadelphia (Courtesy of www.chicago-fire.com)

After a slow start to the season for Chicago, head coach Frank Yallop will be delighted to have seen his side get their first win after three successive defeats to LA Galaxy, Vancouver Whitecaps and San Jose Earthquakes.

A win in this one for the Fire would see them onto six points and would also take them above opponents Toronto in the Eastern Conference, although they have played one game more.

Greg Vanney‘s Toronto side looked to have got off to a flying start to the 2015 MLS season when they beat Vancouver 3-1, but it’s all ground to a rather disappointing halt after two consecutive defeats against Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake respectively.

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Toronto will be pleased to welcome Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore back to the squad and will be confident of returning to winning ways against a Chicago side that haven’t exactly been convincing just yet.

All three meetings between these two sides in 2014 ended in a draw, with the most recent clash a 1-1 draw at Toyota Park back in September, although both squads have a very different look to them now.

Team News

Chicago Fire are still without Patrick Nyarko and Mike Magee, while Razvan Cocis, Alex and Sean Johnson remain doubtful. Shaun Maloney and David Accam could return to the side after missing Chicago’s first win of the season because of international duty.

PICTURE: Shaun Maloney in action (Courtesy of http://www.chicago-fire.com)

PICTURE: Shaun Maloney in action (Courtesy of http://www.chicago-fire.com)

Toronto will be without defenders Steven Caldwell, Damien Perquis and Mark Bloom because of injury, while striker Luke Moore is suspended. Eriq Zavaleta may not be at full fitness after missing the game at Real Salt Lake with a knee problem. Toronto will be pleased to welcome Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore back to the squad following their international break with the USMNT.

Key Points

Chicago Fire’s form: L/L/L/W

Toronto FC’s form: W/L/L

Key Stat: Toronto FC haven’t beaten Chicago Fire in their last 11 attempts in MLS (D6, L5).

Key Player: Michael Bradley – If the USMNT midfielder returns to the starting line-up, then Toronto have a real chance. He was one of the stand-out players for the USA last week and is instrumental in any team.

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Score Prediction

Chicago Fire 1-1 Toronto FC – Chicago picked up a vital win in their last game so should be confident, while Toronto will be desperate for any kind of result after back-to-back MLS defeats.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Chicago Fire vs Philadelphia Union

Competition: Major League Soccer – Chicago Fire vs Philadelphia Union

Venue: Toyota Park – Sunday, March 29 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports 1)

Match Odds: Chicago Fire 6/4 – Draw 23/10Philadelphia Union 7/4

Match Preview

Chicago Fire host Philadelphia Union at Toyota Park on Sunday evening in an all Eastern Conference clash as both sides look for their first win of the 2015 MLS campaign.

The Fire have had a slow start to the season, losing their first three games and they already find themselves rooted to the foot of both the Eastern Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings.

Philadelphia suffered their first defeat at home to FC Dallas last weekend having previously tied their opening game at home to Colorado before an entertaining 3-3 draw with Real Salt Lake a week later. The Union are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference.

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Chicago have struggled to find the net in the early stages of this season but Harry Shipp did manage to notch their first goal during the 2-1 defeat at San Jose last time out.

Head coach Jim Curtin has only seen his Philadelphia side pick up one win out of their last ten games in MLS if you carry over from last season’s fixtures, and they will be desperately trying to pick up three points against a Chicago side that appear to be there for the taking.

The Fire have an even worse recent record in MLS, with just one win in their last 12 games and head coach Frank Yallop has got a lot of work to do in order to turn things round.

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The last meeting between these two was a 1-1 draw back in October. In-fact, all three of last season’s games between Chicago and Philadelphia ended in a tie.

Team News

Chicago Fire will be without long-term absentee Mike Magee. Midfielders Patrick Nyarko and Razvan Cocis are also out, while Shaun Maloney and David Accam are away on international duty. The Fire have signed midfielder Víctor Pérez on-loan from Spanish side Real Valladolid, so he could make his debut.

Philadelphia Union have survived the international duty exodus, but do have a long list injuries. C. J. Sapong, Cristian Maidana, Eric Bird, Sheanon Williams and Conor Casey are all out. Goalkeeper Andre Blake is also unlikely to return to the squad following knee surgery a month ago. Zach Pfeffer will miss out through suspension.

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Key Points

Chicago Fire’s form: L/L/L

Philadelphia Union’s form: D/D/L

Key Stat: There has never been a goalless draw between these two sides.

Key Player: Fernando Aristeguieta – With two goals from his opening three games, he is Philadelphia’s main goal threat and Chicago have got a job on their hands trying to contain him.

Score Prediction

Chicago Fire 1-2 Philadelphia Union – Chicago Fire have had a poor start and the Union should edge out their first victory of the season and heap more misery on Frank Yallop’s men.