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MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Colorado Rapids

MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Colorado Rapids

Marc Piscotty

Chicago returned to winning ways last week against Toronto. Now it hosts the stern test of MLS champion Colorado.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Chicago Fire (4-4-2):
Johnson; Gargan, Anibaba, Gibbs, Segares; Pappa, Pause, Pardo, Grazzini; Oduro, Nyarko.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Steven Kinney (L groin strain); MF Marko Maric (L ankle posterior capsulitis)
Colorado Rapids (4-4-2): Pickens; Kimura, Wynne, Marshall, Moor; Mullan, Mastroeni, Larentowicz, Thompson; Kandji, Folan.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Conor Casey (L achilles tear); DF Anthony Wallace (L knee sprain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Jamie Smith (R hamstring strain / R calf strain)

PROBABLE: GK Matt Pickens (R groin strain); MF Brian Mullan (L ankle sprain)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chicago set an MLS record with 15 draws this season. The Fire have 24 points, one point above bottom in the Eastern Conference.

  • Colorado, fourth in the West, has 41 points.
  • In a 2-2 draw with Chivas USA last week Pablo Mastroeni became the fourth player in MLS history to start 300 games. Drew Moor set an MLS outfield record by completing 68 continuous matches in the draw.
  • Chicago capped a 10-match winless run by beating Toronto FC 2-0 last week. It was the Fire's second double-digit winless streak during the season.
  • The previous meeting between these two sides unsurprisingly finished in a draw, with one goal apiece in the April 30 encounter.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Chicago Fire

Colorado Rapids

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Chicago Fire FIR
Chicago Fire Chicago Fire
Draw
Colorado Rapids RAP
Colorado Rapids Colorado Rapids
29%
35%
36%

Top 3 Predictions

Chicago Fire FIR
1 - 2
Colorado Rapids RAP
Chicago Fire FIR
2 - 2
Colorado Rapids RAP
Chicago Fire FIR
2 - 1
Colorado Rapids RAP

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