Match Time:7/18/2019 08:00 Thursday(GMT+8)
Chicago Fire has listed a healthy squad.
The Columbus Crew will be missing Milton Valenzuela for the season while Federico Higuain and Jonathan Mensah are also injured.
Injured/unavailable: Federico Higuain, Jonathan Mensah, Milton Valenzuela (all knee)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
The Chicago Fire have now lost two league games on the trot following an embarrassing 2-1 home defeat at the hands of FC Cincinnati last weekend. They conceded in the very first minute against Cincinnati and then pulled even through Osvaldo Gaitan just before half time. However, they lost everything when Cincinnati scored the winner in the 83rd minute. The Fire have 22 points and are in danger of missing the postseason in the East again this year. The side has just one victory in the last nine league matches with five losses and three draws.
The Columbus Crew were shut out for the fourth time in their last five league games after being edged 1-0 on the road against Orlando City last weekend. They gave up the lone goal in the 84th minute and paid dearly for it. The only time they have scored in their last five league matches was a week earlier when they were doubled 2-1 at home by the Seattle Sounders. Columbus has also lost the last five contests and with just 17 of a possible 63 points it looks like the playoffs in the East will be out of reach this year.
It wouldn't be wrong to say the Columbus Crew can't buy a goal with just five in nine away league matches. I am expecting the Chicago Fire to take advantage of the Crew's inability to score and take all three points.
SECOND PREDICTION: HILO – LOW
The Chicago Fire has scored more than one goal in only one of their last six league matches and the Columbus Crew has netted just one goal in their last five league outings. I expect fewer than three total goals in this league match.
HEAD TO HEAD
The sides drew 1-1 in Chicago last year in the league and the Chicago Fire also won 1-0 at home.