Chicago Fire host DC United this weekend and they are in desperate need of a positive result and a change in fortunes. The Fire have lost four of their last five in all competitions and have only enjoyed one victory in their last 11 in MLS. This weekend’s hosts sit 10th in the Eastern Conference, seven points away from the play-offs. If they don’t start to improve their form soon then their season could be over before they know it.
It was a 2-0 defeat away from home against table-topping Philadelphia last time out for Chicago, so it doesn’t bode well for them as they prepare to take on another strong outfit in DC United who sit third. DC were beaten by Atlanta United at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a result which meant they were leap-frogged by the Five Stripes in the standings.
The last couple of meetings between these two teams has ended in a draw. The last being a 3-3 classic back in May, where the Fire initially went 2-0 up before being pegged back to 2-2. DC then went ahead late on before Chicago snatched a point thanks to a 92nd minute goal from Francisco Calvo.
Chicago Fire have just the one player ruled out of the match with DC United this weekend and that is Jorge Corrales who will be out with what is listed as a “undisclosed” injury.
The visitors will be without Oniel Fisher who is recovering from an injury, and they could also be without Chris Odoi- Atsem who is listed as questionable as he has suffered a hip injury.
DC United double chance looks like excellent value given Chicago Fire’s dismal run of form currently. DC haven’t been the best away from home recently, but they have come up against some strong sides on the road in recent weeks. Ben Olsen’s side did hammer FC Cincinnati not long ago, so they do have the ability to put inferior sides away on their travels.
Chicago Fire are currently on a run of six home games without recording a clean sheet, so you would expect DC United to find their way onto the scoresheet on Saturday. I like the look of Wayne Rooney to grab a goal at 2.20, the Englishman was rested against Atlanta United, two games on AstroTurf back-to-back wouldn’t be ideal for the older pro. Rooney has been in red-hot form in 2019, he has scored 11 goals in 21 games and should return to the fold in Chicago.
I would opt going against goals in this game, but I would suggest going with under 3.5 at odds of 1.50. Chicago Fire are currently averaging bang on 3.00 goals a game, whereas DC United are averaging 2.48, so neither side are exactly setting the world alight.