Chicago Fire go into this fixture after a 0-0 MLS drawn result versus Sporting Kansas City.
In that game, Chicago Fire had 58% possession and 10 shots at goal with 3 on target. At the other end, Sporting Kansas City got 13 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Reid (67') was the scorer for Sporting Kansas City.
Matches with Chicago Fire have tended to be engaging ones recently with high scoring the rule rather than the exception. Over their past six clashes alone, the sum of 22 goals have gone in for both sides combined (at an average of 3.67 goals per game) with 12 of those accredited to Men in Red. Such a pattern isn’t assured to be carried forward into this next game, however.
After a losing effort in their last game against Atlanta United in MLS competition, D.C. United will be aiming to make amends here.
At the other end, Atlanta United got 12 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Gallagher (4', 65'), Lennon (41') and Jahn (70') scored for Atlanta United.
The forward players for D.C. United have had real problems scoring goals in their past 6 encounters, recording the unsatisfactory return of only 2. In those matches, Black-and-Red have also seen the overall goal aggregate of opposing teams equal 11.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head to head clashes stretching back to 20/05/2017 shows that Chicago Fire have won 2 of them & D.C. United 1, with the tally of drawn results standing at 3.
A combined total of 13 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 8 of them from Men in Red and 5 created by Black-and-Red. That’s an average goals per game of 2.17.
Team News: Chicago Fire
Luka Stojanovic (Medial Collateral Ligament Tear), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Knee Injury) and Kenneth Kronholm (Knee Injury) are not available for Chicago Fire gaffer Raphaël Wicky.
Team News: D.C. United
DC United boss Ben Olsen has not got a full squad to pick from. Paul Arriola (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Edison Flores (Facial Fracture) and Felipe Martins (Cruciate Ligament Surgery) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
Our assessment is that Chicago Fire will probably stay in control for long periods of time and should be able to convert a few of the chances that they create.
At the same time, D.C. United might well find it a difficult task to break down their defence although we do think that they will probably end up getting the chances to score, too.
Accordingly, we see a fairly comfortable 3-1 margin for Chicago Fire at the end of the match.
What are the top odds for this match?
Turning to the betting odds in the full-time result market, backing Chicago Fire is best priced at 1.56, backing the draw is 4.38 & betting on a win for D.C. United is 6. Those are the best of the market prices that can be secured as of now.