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Sep 23, 2021 at 1am UK at Toyota Park
Chicago FireChicago Fire
2-3
New EnglandNew England Revolution
Teran (40'), Gimenez (64')
Teran (17'), Medran (34')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Kessler (11'), Bunbury (62'), Gil (90+1')
Caldwell (31'), Gil (90+2')

Preview: Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Thursday's Major League Soccer clash between Chicago Fire and New England Revolution, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Chicago Fire will look to put an end to a three-game losing run on Thursday, when they play host to New England Revolution, who sit at the top of the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference standings.

The hosts currently sit in 12th spot in the Conference, while their visitors boast a 15-point lead over second-placed Nashville SC at this stage.


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New England Revolution head coach Bruce Arena on May 8, 2021© Reuters

After narrowly missing out on a top-ten finish last time around, Chicago Fire have again had a difficult campaign this term, and now occupy 12th spot.

Raphael Wicky's side have won just six of their 25 league games so far, and sit on a tally of 23 points.

Their struggles have largely come in defence, with only two sides in the Eastern Conference conceding more than the 40 goals that the Solder Field outfit have shipped in those 25 matches.

They now come into Thursday's clash in a run of three straight defeats, having lost to Sporting Kansas City and DC United before falling to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of CF Montreal last time out.

A Romell Quioto goal on the hour mark and a Carlos Teran own goal saw Wicky's side handed their 14th league loss of the campaign, and they will now be desperate to reverse their fortunes and climb the table.

Chicago Fire midfielder Luka Stojanovic reacts after scoring a goal against Inter Miami on May 22, 2021© Reuters

They meet a side who find themselves in a far different situation, with an eye-catching lead at the summit of the Conference.

An impressive record of 17 wins and 56 points from their opening 26 league outings has seen Bruce Arena's men move 15 points ahead of second-placed Nashville, albeit having played two more matches.

That has largely come down to their dangerous attack, with no side in either MLS Conference matching their tally of 48 goals at this stage.

Having previously picked up back-to-back wins over Philadelphia Union and New York City, they now head into the trip to Chicago on the back of a somewhat disappointing draw with Columbus Crew.

Gyasi Zardes put their opponents ahead on the hour mark, and, while Adam Buksa immediately levelled the scores, they were unable to turn their domination into a winning goal.

With the playoffs looming, Arena's men will look to keep building momentum, and make a return to winning ways on Thursday.

Chicago Fire Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L

New England Revolution Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D



Team News

New England Revolution forward Gustavo Bou celebrates scoring with teammates on June 28, 2021© Reuters

Chicago Fire have several issues to deal with, as Kenneth Kronholm will remain out of action while Francisco Cervo and Ignacio Aliseda are both major doubts.

Chinoso Offor and Stanislav Ivanov should again lead the line, while Jonathan Bornstein, Mauricio Pineda and Carlos Teran will likely form the back three at the other end of the pitch, despite the latter scoring an own goal last time out.

New England Revolution will come in with a clean bill of health, after Gustavo Bou's recent return from injury.

Matt Polster has also returned to boost the squad, after he recently served a suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards.

Their line will be led by Adam Buksa, who has hit 11 goals in 25 MLS appearances this season.

Chicago Fire possible starting lineup:
Slonina; Teran, Pineda, Bornstein; Stekulic, Stojanovic, F Navarro, Herbers, M Navarro; Nnamdi, Ivanov

New England Revolution possible starting lineup:
Turner; Bye, Farrell, Kessler, Jones; Buchanan, Polster, McNamara; Gil; Buksa, Bou


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We say: Chicago Fire 0-2 New England Revolution

Given their record of the two sides, we expect New England Revolution to simply be too strong for their opponents on Thursday.

The hosts have leaked goals throughout the campaign while not being convincing going forward, potentially setting them up to be outclassed by the Conference leaders.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England30206459362366
2Nashville SCNashville291115346262048
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia291210740291146
4Orlando City2912984241145
5Atlanta UnitedAtlanta2911993933642
6DC United29125124941841
7CF MontrealMontreal29118104239341
8New York City FCNY City281171044321240
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls28107113430437
10Columbus Crew29107123639-337
11Inter MiamiInter Miami2995152547-2232
12Chicago Fire3077163148-1728
13Toronto2967163456-2225
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati2948172955-2620

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England30206459362366
2Nashville SCNashville291115346262048
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia291210740291146
4Orlando City2912984241145
5Atlanta UnitedAtlanta2911993933642
6DC United29125124941841
7CF MontrealMontreal29118104239341
8New York City FCNY City281171044321240
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls28107113430437
10Columbus Crew29107123639-337
11Inter MiamiInter Miami2995152547-2232
12Chicago Fire3077163148-1728
13Toronto2967163456-2225
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati2948172955-2620

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