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Chicago Fire
Major League Soccer
Apr 21, 2024 at 1.30am UK
Soldier Field
Real Salt Lake

Chicago Fire
0 - 4
Salt Lake

Acosta (15')
FT(HT: 0-3)
Gomez (24'), Arango (33', 37'), Luna (90+3')
Gomez (31')

Preview: Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake - prediction, team news, lineups

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

MLS returns with a fresh set of fixtures as Chicago Fire and Real Salt Lake go head-to-head at the Soldier Field Stadium on Saturday evening.

While the visitors head into the weekend looking to snap their two-game winless run, the Men in Red set out in search of a third consecutive home win for the first time since July 2023.

Match preview

Chicago Fire FC midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri (10) celebrates on March 3, 2024© Reuters

Chicago Fire were guilty of a lack of sting at the attacking end of the pitch last weekend when they played out a goalless draw with New York Red Bulls at the Red Bull Arena.

Despite having the numerical advantage after Andres Reyes received his marching orders in the 42nd minute, the Men in Red failed to threaten the hosts before settling for a share of the spoils.

Frank Klopas' men now return home where they have picked up two wins in their first three matches this season, losing 2-1 against FC Cincinnati on March 3 before claiming successive victories over Montreal and Houston Dynamo respectively.

Chicago Fire have picked up nine wins from their opening eight MLS matches to sit 11th in the Eastern Conference standings but could move level with fifth-placed Cincinnati with all three points this weekend.

Over in Utah, Real Salt Lake were involved in a share of the spoils for a second consecutive game as they played out a goalless draw with Columbus Crew last weekend.

Real Salt Lake attacker Cristian Arango (9) is congratulated on September 17, 2023© Reuters

Prior to that, Pablo Mastroeni's side were denied a third win on the spin on April 7 when they played out a 1-1 draw with 10-man Minnesota United at Allianz Field.

While Real Salt Lake will be looking to return to winning ways this weekend, they have failed to win five of their last six MLS away matches, losing three and picking up two draws since the playoffs in October.

However, they journey to Soldier Field, where they have failed to win any of their last three visits, losing twice and claiming one draw since scraping a 2-1 victory in May 2015.

Real Salt Lake's most recent MLS clash against Chicago Fire came in October 2021, when they fell to a 1-0 defeat courtesy of a first-half effort from Slovenian forward Robert Beria.

With 12 points from eight games, the Claret and Cobalt are currently fourth in the Western Conference standings, level on points with fifth-placed Colorado Rapids and three points off league leaders LA Galaxy.

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Team News

Chicago Fire FC head coach Frank Klopas shouts on March 5, 2024© Reuters

Chicago Fire will take to the pitch without American defender Andrew Gutman, who has been sidelined since sustaining a hamstring injury against Philadelphia Union back in February.

He is joined on the club's injury table by experienced defender Chase Gasper, who is set to sit out his fourth game on the bounce after suffering a leg injury in March.

Real Salt Lake will have to cope without the duo of Marcelo Silva and midfielder Pablo Ruiz, who have been ruled out through hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

American defender Kevin Bonilla continues his lengthy spell on the sidelines, while Erik Holt is currently recuperating from a hamstring problem that he picked up back in February.

Ecuadorian striker Anderson Julio is a doubt for the visitors due to a minor injury and we expect experienced forward Cristian Arango to lead the attack this weekend once again.

Chicago Fire possible starting lineup:
Brady; Souquet, Pineda, Czichos, Arigoni; Acosta, Herbers; Koutsias, Shaqiri, Mueller; Cuypers

Real Salt Lake possible starting lineup:
MacMath; Brody, Glad, Vera, Katranis; Ojeda, Eneli; Gomez, Crooks, Luna; Arango

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We say: Chicago Fire 1-1 Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake have put together a fine run of form and will be looking to extend their four-game undefeated run this weekend. However, Chicago Fire have been solid at home so far and we predict that they will hold out for a share of the spoils.

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

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Eastern Conference

1Inter MiamiInter Miami1594236201631
2FC CincinnatiCincinnati149321911830
3New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls146532521423
4New York City FCNY City147251816223
6Columbus Crew135621913621
7Charlotte FCCharlotte FC146351413121
8Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia134542521417
9DC United144552024-417
10Orlando City134451520-516
11Nashville SCNashville133641720-315
12Atlanta UnitedAtlanta133461716113
13CF MontrealMontreal133371731-1412
14Chicago Fire142481326-1310
15New England RevolutionNew England12219925-167

Western Conference

1Real Salt LakeSalt Lake1484227141328
2Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd127322114724
3Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy145722521422
4Austin FCAustin146441917222
5Los Angeles FCLos Angeles136342419521
6Colorado RapidsColorado146352423121
7Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver135441915419
8Houston DynamoHouston135351213-118
9St Louis City133731920-116
10Seattle SoundersSeattle143561617-114
11Portland TimbersPortland143472629-313
13Sporting Kansas CityKansas132562124-311
14San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes1431102233-1110

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