MLS Preview: Columbus Crew vs Chicago Fire

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Major League Soccer action on Sunday as Columbus and Chicago meet at MAPFRE Stadium – 9:30pm GMT.

Sunday’s clash at MAPFRE Stadium- sees twelfth placed Chicago, travel to ninth-placed Columbus in the Major League Soccer.

Columbus Crew arrive at this game, having secured 44 points so far this season

Columbus will be full of confidence, going into this fixture on that back of two successive wins against D.C. United and Orlando City. They will need this if they are to retain their run.

Also, With 44 points (12W, 13L and 8D), they are established in ninth position in the League having won 12 games, drawn eight meetings, and lost 13 matches.

When Columbus host Chicago, they will do so on the back of nine wins and three draws on their own ground.

A win in this fixture would take Columbus Crew’s points to 47 in the League.

With the Major League Soccer season well into its stride, Chicago Fire have managed to gain 34 points

Frank Klopas will have impressed upon his team the importance of getting a positive result out of this game, following two successive defeats. First it was New York and then New England Revolution, however this is something that their opponents will be aware of going into this fixture.

Also, league success is all about winning football matches, any way you can, so eight losses in 14 meetings would not make this a successful season for Chicago. They currently stand twelfth in the League, with 34 points for a total of 9 wins, 17 losses and 7 draws having won nine matches, drawn seven fixtures, and lost 17 games.

With a poor record on the road, which amounts to two wins and two darts, it is hard to predict a positive outcome for Chicago as they travel once more.

A victory for Chicago Fire would put them on 37 points.

Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels the recent form between these two sides has seen Chicago with a greater number of wins. In the last 71 meetings, they have enjoyed 26 victories, to Columbus’s 22 wins. Also, Chicago have left Columbus with a win on ten out of 16 games. The last time they played each other in this competition Chicago Fire delivered a 1-0 home win.

For this game, Columbus’s win probability is currently 68.97 percent.

Performance Report

For Columbus, Evan has netted
in 33 League fixtures this Major League Soccer Season, while Robert is one of the top performing players after having scored
in 33 League matches this season for Chicago.

Other players of note for Columbus are Eloy Victor and Aboubacar with respectively and for Chicago are Chris and Gabriel with respectively.

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