Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew
2018 Major League Soccer
Date: Friday, 24 August 2018
Kick-off at 0:00 UK/ 1:00 CET
Venue: Toyota Park (Bridgeview).
Chicago Fire will be coming into this one in low spirits, having lost 8 consecutive MSL league matches. Their performance, even at the home ground, has been tragic.
With their current form, this matchup will not be easy. They have been in the receiving end for most league matches making them concede at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 9 matches.
Nonetheless, Chicago Fire is undefeated in 17 of their last 18 meetings with Columbus in all competitions.
They may be propelled to deliver in front of their fans. After all, they are expected to exploit the home ground advantage.
Columbus Crew will be looking forward to bouncing back into their winning ways after a 3-1 thrashing by Atlanta united on Sunday.
They are facing a weaker side in this matchup. Notably, the weaknesses of the home side will be music to their ears. Definitely, this match will be a great opportunity to prove their might.
Even so, they may want to improve their coordination and make the most out of the created chances. Their form in away matches is not good at all and they may have to up their game to come up with something in this away fixture.
Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew: Head-to-Head
- The last time they met was in a US open fixture which ended in a 2 all draw and headed into penalties.
- In the last 5 h2h meetings, Chicago fire has won twice.
- On the other hand, Columbus crew have also won 2 in the last 5 h2h encounters.
Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew: Prediction
The 3-way selection of this matchup may be hard. This will be a difficult contest that will leave both teams worn out. However, all odds are against the home team and are in favor of the traveling team.
Unless the home team works miracles, they are not seemingly going to get something in this one. Especially, not with their current form.
The home side may pull off some stunts and get the back of their opponent’s net. This may see the match ending with over 2.5 goals.
Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew: Betting Tips
Columbus crew to win @ 13/10 (2.30)
Over 2.5 goals @ 13/20 (1.65).