DC United and Chicago Fire will clash for the first time since October 2020, on Thursday, May 13 at Audi Field. It will mark their first clash in Washington in almost a year when Chicago Fire forced a 3-3 draw with a 90’+2 goal.
DC United vs Chicago Fire
When: Thursday, May 13 – 20:00 EDT
Where: Audi Field in Washington, DC
Weather: Partly cloudy, 17°C
Referee: Ramy Touchan
DC United and Chicago Fire are both very close to the bottom of the Eastern Conference table. DC United are in the #12 place, with only three points from four games (1-0-3). Chicago Fire were even less successful, managing only one point in four games (0-1-3).
Although the MLS season is still in its early stages, these two teams need to act in order to stay in the competition for the postseason. The problem with achieving that isn’t just their poor form, but also the fact that both teams have problems with injuries.
DC United Looking for the First Win Over Chicago Fire Since 2018
DC United started the season with a win over New York City, but then went on to lose the next three. The teams that beat them are, namely, New England Revolution, San Jose Earthquakes, and Columbus Crew.
However, the main reason why DC United lost those games wasn’t necessarily the strength of the opponents they had to face. Instead, the reason might lie in the fact that DC United were without several first-team players.
Even against Chicago Fire, DC United will miss several key men, including Paul Ariola, Bill Hamid, Chris Odoi-Atsem, and Yordy Reyna. For this reason, beating Chicago Fire is not going to be easy. However, if they do it, it’s going to be their first win over the Chicago outfit since 2018.
For some reason, DC United haven’t been able to beat Chicago Fire for almost three years. In fact, Chicago Fire was the dominant force on the pitch in each of their previous four meetings.
Chicago Fire’s Poor Form on the Road Continues
Chicago Fire are a team that just doesn’t like to play away games and it’s been like that for years. Surprisingly enough, Chicago Fire haven’t won more than four away games per season since 2013. Furthermore, their record on the road is just 1/10.
They won only one point in the four MLS games played this season, scoring only three goals in total. Aside from the 2-2 draw with New England Revolution in the first round, Chicago Fire did not impress with what they have shown thus far.
Same as DC United, Chicago Fire are also dealing with has injury concerns, especially in the final third. Fabian Herbers, who scored 4 goals in 18 games in 2020 is out, and so is Stanislav Ivanov, a promising 22-year’s old forward who joined Chicago Fire last month.
DC United vs Chicago Fire Betting Picks
This is going to be a tough one! DC United would like to cash in on their opponent’s poor form, however, they might be a bit concerned with the fact that they’re without a win over Chicago since 2018.
Nevertheless, even if they fail to win, DC United shouldn’t be losing against an out-of-form team like Chicago – especially at home.
Prediction: DC United +0.00 Asian Handicap
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