Chicago Fire vs San Jose Earthquakes: Preview and Prediction

Chicago Fire vs San Jose Earthquakes:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Kick-off: 1:00 UK Time
Venue: Toyota Park, Bridgeview (Illinois).

Chicago Fire will be hosting San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS at Toyota Park on Saturday by 1:00 AM as Chicago Fire look to build on their US open Cup victory on Tuesday for another win.

Chicago Fire had a disappointing outing last week but their 2-1 victory at the US Open Cup Tuesday seem to boosted their morale to make it 2 wins in their last twelve games in all competitions. They enter this game on the back of a 2 game loosing streak in the MLS which makes it 5 defeats in last 11 MLS games. They are in the bottom of the Eastern Conference table after 14 games with 11 points and are 9 points below the play-offs.

Meanwhile San Jose Earthquake are battling to get back to winning ways after going 6 games without a win in all competitions, they drew 1-1 against Los Angeles Galaxy last time after they snatched a last minute equalizer to give them a point in the game. They now sit 7th in the Western Conference table same points (22) with 6th placed Sporting Kansas City, they are hoping for a win in this game to get back to winning ways.

From Comparison

  • Chicago Team are in a poor form and also their scoring form is very poor, they have scored just 14 goals from 14 rounds.
  • Chicago Team have a good home record, they have won 3 of their last 5 home fixtures in all competition and drew 2.
  • Chicago team have failed to win their last 9 of their last 10 MLS games.
  • San Jose are in better form than the home side but their away form is a thing of concern, they have failed to win their last 9 away games in all competitions with 5 losses and 4 draws.

Chicago Fire: Team News

Collin Fernandez, Matt Polster are the only injury concern for the home side, they will miss the game on injury

Chicago Fire: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)

Lampson – Vincent, Campbell, Kapelhof, Ramos – Gossens, Stephens, Coccis, LaBrocca – Accam, Igboananike

San Jose Earthquakes: Team news

Steven LeHart and Marc Pelosi are injured and won’t be available for the game while Fatai Lashe stands a risk of suspension if he gets any card.
Chris Wondolowski just returned form international duty with USA and may not be fully fit for the game.

San Jose Earthquakes: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)

Bingham – Francis, Bernadez, Wynne, Sarkodie – Perez, Godoye, Alashe, Quintero – Amarikwa, Dawkins.

Chicago Fire vs San Jose Earthquakes: Head-to-Head stats

San Jose Earthquake have dominated their recent games, they have lost just 1 of their last 6 ties, they have won 3 and drawn 2.

San Jose have won only once in their last five game against Chicago Fire at Toyota Park while the home side are on 2 game winning streak at home against San Jose.

Chicago Fire vs San Jose Earthquakes: Prediction

These two teams are not in great form recently, they have struggled in their recent games but Quakes have a better form than the Chicago team.

San Jose has a poor away form having gone win-less in their last 10 away games. Chicago’s last 6 home games have witnessed a low scoring but the recent games between the two teams have seen at least 3 goals.

The game could go either way, but I expect both teams to score in this fixture.

1. Double chance(any side to win)
2. Both teams to score
3. Over 2.5 goals