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Chicago Fire
Major League Soccer
Mar 3, 2024 at 1.30am UK
Soldier Field
FC Cincinnati

Chicago Fire
1 - 2

Shaqiri (45' pen.)
Acosta (55'), Pineda (66'), Gutierrez (90+4')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Boupendza (39'), Robinson (68')
Nwobodo (43'), Bucha (81'), Baird (84')

Preview: Chicago Fire vs. FC Cincinnati - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between Chicago Fire and FC Cincinnati, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Chicago Fire and FC Cincinnati will both be looking to get their respective Major League Soccer campaigns up and running when they face off at Soldier Field on Sunday.

Both teams had to settle for a share of the spoils in their opening fixtures and will be looking to go one better in this weekend's encounter.

Match preview

Chicago Fire midfielder Gaston Gimenez (30) reacts on September 24, 2023© Reuters

Chicago Fire played out a thrilling 2-2 stalemate against Philadelphia Union when the teams went head-to-head at Subaru Park on Sunday.

Frank Klopas's men led 1-0 and 2-1 through strikes from Brian Gutierrez and Fabian Herbers but were pegged back on either occasion by Mikael Uhre and Daniel Gazdag.

Consequently, the Men in Red currently occupy fifth position in the Eastern Conference of the MLS table after the maiden round of matches.

Coming up next is the challenge of an opposing outfit with little separating the sides over the last five meetings, which have yielded two wins apiece and a draw.

Having scored 11 times across their last four home matches, Sunday's hosts will be looking to put on another fine attacking display in front of their fans.

FC Cincinnati head coach Pat Noonan on October 30, 2023© Reuters

Cincinnati breezed into the next round of the CONCACAF Champions Cup thanks to a 4-0 demolition of Cavalier at the TQL Stadium on Thursday.

Goals from Alvas Powell and Aaron Boupendza put Pat Noonan's men in the driving seat after which Isaiah Foster and Gerardo Valenzuela sealed the deal in the second period.

Prior to that, the Garys kicked off their domestic campaign with a goalless draw at the hands of Toronto and sit 11th in the Western Conference standings as a result.

Unbeaten in eight of their last nine away matches across all competitions, Sunday's visitors have proven themselves to be a real force to reckon with on the road.

Chicago Fire Major League Soccer form:
  • D

FC Cincinnati Major League Soccer form:
  • D

FC Cincinnati form (all competitions):
  • W
  • D
  • W

Team News

Twenty-four-year-old Victor Bezerra is currently sidelined with a long-term leg injury and will not feature for Chicago Fire this weekend.

American duo Javier Casas and Bryan Dowd also miss out for the home side through injury as Carlos Teran continues his recovery from a muscle problem.

Nick Hagglund and Alec Kann are guaranteed absentees for Cincinnati this weekend, but the former is drawing increasingly closer to a return to action.

Isaiah Forster could be rewarded with a place in the visitors' starting lineup here, having come off the bench to good effect last time out.

Chicago Fire possible starting lineup:
Brady; Gutman, Czichos, Pineda, Arigoni; Gimenez, Herbers; Haile-Selassie, Shaqiri, Gutierrez; Cuypers

FC Cincinnati possible starting lineup:
Celentano; Keller, Robinson, Murphy; Kubo, Bucha, Nwobodo, Orellano; Acosta, Santos, Baird

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We say: Chicago Fire 2-2 FC Cincinnati

Both sides have certainly shown they have goals in them, and we expect a highly-entertaining clash here. That said, we can see the teams cancelling each other out over the 90 minutes and settling for a point apiece in the end.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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Eastern Conference

1New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls7421117414
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia6330127512
3Inter MiamiInter Miami83321612412
4Columbus Crew7331107312
5FC CincinnatiCincinnati733175212
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta6312105510
7DC United7241109110
9Charlotte FCCharlotte FC72236608
10Chicago Fire72231114-38
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12Nashville SCNashville7142813-57
13New York City FCNY City712459-45
14Orlando City6123511-65
15New England RevolutionNew England6114511-64

Western Conference

1Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver6411146813
2Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy73311411312
3Real Salt LakeSalt Lake7322118311
4Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd632197211
5Sporting Kansas CityKansas72411210210
6Los Angeles FCLos Angeles73131110110
7Houston DynamoHouston631276110
8Austin FCAustin72321112-19
9Colorado RapidsColorado72321012-29
10Portland TimbersPortland7223141408
11St Louis City7151111108
12Seattle SoundersSeattle61239725
14San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes71061017-73

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