Chicago Fire (@1.83) vs FC Dallas (@4.2)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Chicago Fire will win

Chicago Fire – FC Dallas Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 15:30

Were expecting both teams to get on the scoreboard on Sunday and for over 2.5 goals to be scored as both teams have been in great form going forward, but havent kept many clean sheets at the same time. Five of Chicagos last six matches have seen both teams score, while three of Dallas and four of Chicagos last six games have produced over 2.5 goals. This is a fixture that produces plenty of goals for both sides, with five of the last seven encounters witnessing both teams score and over 2.5 goals. With three wins and three defeats from their last six matches its Dallas who claim the title of form favourites ahead of Sundays latest encounter with Chicago Fire. The visitors may have lost one fewer games than their hosts in the last six matches, but with two wins and two draws they sit behind Dallas in the form guide.

The Costa Rica international started his senior career at his homeland club Herediano, playing as a defender. Calvo played for the likes of Perez Zeledon, Nordsjaelland, Santos and Sarprissa before joining Minnesota United in 2017 and it has to be noted that he made his MLS debut on March 4, 2017 in a 5-1 loss to Portland Timbers. Francisco Calvo is a product of Sarprissa football academy.

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Were confident that both teams will score and over 2.5 goals will be produced in Saturdays clash and have predicted a final scoreline of 2-1 in favour of Chicago Fire. The hosts look strong at home and have had the better of Dallas in recent seasons, while their guests are without a win on the road in their last three attempts. This game looks set to be close and competitive but were backing Chicago Fire to just do enough to claim all three points.

Zimmerman and reigning Defender of the Year Matt Hedgesmight be the most formidable center back duo in the league. He hasnt yet come up against a center back pairing like FCDs, however. Theyve made a habit of shutting down star strikers since the start of 2016, marshaling Dallas stingy defense as theyve conceded a league-best seven goals in 10 games this year.

Nikolic managed to notch thirty goals in just 49 appearances, attracting attention from Hungarian biggest sides. His fine form earned him a transfer to heavyweights Videoton in 2010. Almost 150 matches later and 87 goals to hi name, Nemanja Nikolic joined Polish giants Legia, where he continued his fine form by finishing the 2015-16 Ekstraklasa season as the leagues top scorer with 28 goals in 37 matches.

Chicago Fire vs FC Dallas Prediction & Match Preview

Wayne Rooney, who scored a brace agaisnt New York City is the man who helped the capital club make it to the play-offs and all eyes will be on him when DC United take on Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. Chicago Fire failed to make it to the MLS play-offs, but a win over DC United could see them overtake title holders Toronton in ninth position in the Eastern Conference. Seeing that both teams would be happy with one point from Sundays football match, we believe that the two sides are going to share the spoils in their last league game. Chicago Fire will be looking to give fans some cheer when they take on DC United in their last game of the season. DC United, on the other hand, defeated New York City 3-1 at the weekend and thanks to the triumph they booked their place in the play-offs.

Veljko Paunovics troops are eyeing their third consecutive win at home and the fact that they outplayed the likes of Montreal Impact and Philadelphia Union in previous two home games is surely giving fans a reason for optimism. The 2019 MLS season has been a mixed bag for Chicago Fire and, as a result, they sit in 10th position in the Eastern Conference ahead of a the visit of Dallas. Chicago Fire take on Dallas at SeatGeek Stadium in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Saturdays program.

The Toros, on the other hand, impressed in back-to-back wins over Houston Dynamo and Cincinnati at home, but beating Chicago on the road is easier said than done. Dallas aim to retain their spot in top seven in the Western Conference, but seeing that Veljko Paunovics men are tough to beat at home, share of spoils is on the cards.

Cards & Corners

Just three minutes had passed when Nikoli opened the scoring to put Chicago Fire in front, but the sides were level in the sixth minute when Dallas Belgium star Lamah netted the equaliser after good work from Colmn. Chicago Fire played host to Dallas back in May 2017 in a game that started in the most frantic of manners. Thankfully for the hosts that proved to be the final action of the match and despite missing a spot kick, Chicago Fire claimed all three points. Amazingly the host restored their lead before the clock reached the ten minute mark, thanks to a ninth minute strike from Accam, a goal which proved to be the winner, to everyones surprise. The only real goal scoring opportunity of the second half fell to Chicago Fire in stoppage time when they were awarded a penalty, but Hungarian striker Nikoli fluffed his lines. The rest of the first half, and in truth all of the second, proved to be a bit of a bore, as both teams appeared to adopt a more defensive style after an incredibly open first ten minutes.

Chicago Fire have plenty of goals in them and Katai and Nikoli are the clubs joint top scorers in the league with nine goals apiece, as things stand. Lamah top scores in the MLS for Dallas this season with seven goals, but teammate Urruti is just as much of a threat in the final third having netted six goals himself. Both are expected to return to the starting lineup this weekend after coming off the bench at half time during the defeat at Real Salt Lake.

Chicago Fire failed to make it to the MLS play-offs, but a win over DC United could see them overtake title holders Toronton in ninth position in the Eastern Conference. Seeing that both teams would be happy with one point from Sundays football match, we believe that the two sides are going to share the spoils in their last league game. Chicago Fire will be looking to give fans some cheer when they take on DC United in their last game of the season. Wayne Rooney, who scored a brace agaisnt New York City is the man who helped the capital club make it to the play-offs and all eyes will be on him when DC United take on Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. DC United, on the other hand, defeated New York City 3-1 at the weekend and thanks to the triumph they booked their place in the play-offs.

Our prediction for this MLS match:

This weekend Dallas will be expecting to return to winning ways when they play host to Chicago Fire, especially after the disappointment of losing away at Real Salt Lake last time out. Its tight at the top of the Western Conference with the top three sides separated by just two points, and at the top of the pile are Sundays hosts Dallas who hold a one point lead over the MLSs latest franchise LAFC. The visitors are enduring a disappointing campaign, but could move into the top six this weekend if they win and both Philadelphia Union and Montreal Impact both fail to take maximum points from their games.

Chicago Fire have beaten Dallas by one goal in four of their last five wins over Saturdays guests, which is why were expecting the home side to win by just the odd goal this weekend. While Dallas lead the overall head to head record between these two clubs its Chicago Fire that have enjoyed more success in this fixture in recent seasons. Chicago Fire have won five of the pairs last seven meetings and were victorious in their last four home games against Texan club.

Dallas only have one loss in their first 10 games, but things arent quite as rosy down in the Big D. After losing their first match of the year Saturday night at home to San Jose, Dallas have taken just four points from their last four matches. Theyve got a tough week on tap, too, as theyll follow Thursdays match in Bridgeview with a Texas derby match at home against Houston on Sunday night.