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That Chicago Fire will try to finish their three game home stand with a win if they die Columbus crew on Sunday to Soldier Field.
Chicago won for the first time in six games last weekend, while the MLS Cup defending champions lost a third game in a row 3-2 to Atlanta United.
Prediction for this match
The Fire quickly started 2-0 against the Red Bulls last Sunday after just eight minutes of play, but unlike in the previous weeks, they were able to maintain their early momentum and score three points.
Raphael Wicky has praised his side for their solid defense this month, keeping a strong New York City FC side at bay and then keeping the Red Bulls goalless well into stoppage time.
The backline has started to understand its role in the team more and more in the last few weeks, but is also more responsible and chooses the right moments to push high on the pitch.
Since losing 5-1 to Nashville, Chicago has kept most of their games close, but their undoing are some critical mistakes that cost them three points.
They still have a long way to go to reach a playoff position but there seems to be more chemistry and a balanced result with this team in the last few games.
One MLS squad that currently lacks continuity appears to be the Columbus Crew barely holding onto their final playoff position in the Eastern Conference, just one point ahead of CF Montreal.
After an emotional road win against Atlanta United in July, manager Caleb porter shouted the media, claiming that they did not show the reigning master enough respect.
Since these comments, his team has received no more respect, lost three games in a row and was beaten 11: 5 over this distance.
Given their recent fights, the number of games they have played, and the brief turnarounds they have had between those games, this team needed a break, and while that isn’t a long one, Columbus is currently in the middle of its first full week between games in one Month.
A club that allowed the second fewest goals in the MLS a year ago is struggling to keep the ball out of its net this year, conceding six goals in 2021.
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Firing midfielder Luka Stojanovic scored his first brace for the team in the first eight minutes last Sunday while goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth returned to the starting XI against the Red Bulls after missing the game with a knee injury last Wednesday.
Ignacio Aliseda missed the last game with a calf injury, Alvaro Medran was excluded due to health and safety protocols, Elliot Collier made its first appearance since July 7th and Carlos Teran made his second career start for Chicago last weekend and his first since June 19.
Johan Kappelhof sat from their last match, Fabian Herbers replaces Medran in midfield and Chinonso Offor started instead of Stanislav Ivanov.
The crew are still missing a number of players due to injuries, including Aidan Morris and Perry kitchen if you have problems with your left knee, Arthur has a problem with the right hip, Milton Valencia fails with an injury to his right thigh while Vito Wormgoor suffers from the same problem and Josh Williams is questionable if there is a problem with the left ankle.
Gyasi Zardes started against the Five Stripes, while making his first start at the club since July 3 Jonathan and Pedro Santos both scored their second goals of the season when they lost last weekend.
Lucas Zelarayan has scored one goal and one assist in their last two games, leads the team with six goals this season and adds two more helpers.
Chicago Fire possible starting line-up:
Shuttleworth; Teran, Pineda, Omsberg, Calvo; Gimenez; Bornstein, Herbers, Stojanovic, Collier, Beric
Columbus Crew possible starting line-up:
Room; Abdul-Salaam, Jonathan, Fraser, Santos; Nagbe, Hairston; Etienne, Zelarayan; Wright-Phillips, Zardes
Probability: Chicago Fire 3-2 Columbus Crew
Chicago have scored 14 goals in their last seven games at Soldier Field, but they still tend to make some costly mistakes that prevent them from moving up in the table.
Columbus is in its biggest slump since 2019 and will be desperate to respond with a big game, but this team has shown no signs of improvement lately and Caleb Porter is struggling to find the right formula for success.
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