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Sep 19, 2021 at 6pm UK at Saputo Stadium
MontrealCF Montreal
2-0
Chicago FireChicago Fire
Quioto (60'), Teran Diaz (80' og.)
FT(HT: 0-0)

Stojanovic (39'), Teran Diaz (49')

Preview: CF Montreal vs. Chicago Fire - prediction, team news, lineups

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

Canadian outfit CF Montreal are aiming to retain their spot in the final series playoff positions in the Eastern Conference, as they currently sit just two places and two points above Inter Miami, who have a game in hand.

Wilfried Nancy's side welcome Chicago Fire to the Saputo Stadium on Sunday, with the away side in poor form having only won once in their last five outings.


Match preview

CF Montreal head coach Wilfried Nancy reacts from the sideline on May 22, 2021© Reuters

Montreal have been unable to string together a run of victories in recent weeks, with their last consecutive wins coming through July when they won three in a row.

They have the opportunity to win back-to-back games this weekend after defeating Orlando City last time out, despite being pegged back to 2-2 at one point.

Mathieu Choiniere and Romell Quioto ensured Montreal went into the break 2-1 ahead, but the away side had to rely on Lassi Lappalainen and Sunusi Ibrahim to strike in the second half to win the game 4-2, in what was a fiercely fought contest.

Orlando saw two players sent off during that game - former Manchester United winger Nani in the first half before Andres Perea saw red eight minutes from time - meaning that Nancy's team deserve praise for remaining professional when tempers rose from the hosts.

That victory will please the Montreal camp even more considering that it was their first win away from home since the end of May, but they will be looking to take advantage of Chicago's poor away form on Sunday.

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

Chicago have only recorded three points on the road once this season, giving them the worst away form in the Eastern Conference, and that has not helped their recent run of results as they have been away from the Soldier Field for their last five outings.

On Thursday, Raphael Wicky's side's discipline in the first half let them down against DC United, who were 3-0 ahead by the break, after Ola Kamara completed a hat-trick which included two penalties.

Fire only recorded one shot on target in that game - a stat which explains why they have only scored six times on their travels, and failed to score on 10 occasions throughout this campaign.

Chicago hosted Montreal on May 29 in the reverse fixture and it was a tight affair, with the visitors having to wait until the 87th minute for the deadlock to be broken by Mason Toye, who secured a 1-0 win for the Canadian side.

CF Montreal Major League Soccer form:
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  • D
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • W

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



Team News

Chicago Fire head coach Raphael Wicky and assistant coach Frank Klopas pictured on June 27, 2021© Reuters

Montreal's Ballou Tabla and Robert Orri Thorkelsson are both suffering from groin injuries, and while Tabla may make his return to action at the end of this month, the latter will have to wait until late November before he is fully match fit.

Quioto did not start for Montreal against Nashville last Saturday after representing Honduras over the international break, but he rewarded Nancy for putting him back into the starting lineup last time out as he scored once and provided two assists against Orlando, ensuring he is certain to start this weekend.

Montreal will setup in a 3-4-3 formation, with Kamal Miller, Rudy Camacho and Joel Waterman making up the defensive three, in front of goalkeeper James Pantemis.

Experienced shot-stopper Kenneth Kronholm is nearing a return to action after suffering a cruciate ligament injury, but fellow goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth will continue as Chicago's number one between the posts.

Brian Gutierrez sprained his ankle in early September and centre-back Francisco Calvo injured his thigh at a similar time, meaning that both players will be unavailable this weekend.

Midfielder Alvaro Medran has been Chicago's highest-rated player this season, and he is certain to start in the middle of the field alongside Gaston Gimenez.

CF Montreal possible starting lineup:
Pantemis; Miller, Camacho, Waterman; Choiniere, Wanyama, Piette, Brault-Guillard; Mihailovic, Quioto, Torres

Chicago Fire possible starting lineup:
Shuttleworth; Bornstein, Teran, Pineda; Navarro, Medran, Gimenez, Espinoza; Stojanovic, Herbers; Offor


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We say: CF Montreal 2-0 Chicago Fire

Montreal will take confidence from their 4-2 victory against Orlando, while Chicago Fire are struggling to stop their poor run of defeats.

Fire have only scored one goal in their last four games, suggesting that it is likely they will be unable to find the net on Sunday, while Montreal will be looking to take advantage of some fatigue Chicago may be experiencing as this is their sixth away game in a row.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England32217464402470
2Nashville SCNashville311116447281949
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia311310843321149
4Orlando City31121184544147
5New York City FCNY City311281151341744
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta30111094034643
7New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls30127113731643
8CF MontrealMontreal311110104441343
9DC United31125145150141
10Columbus Crew31108133842-438
11Inter MiamiInter Miami31115153348-1538
12Chicago Fire3297163651-1534
13Toronto3168173560-2526
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3148193364-3120

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England32217464402470
2Nashville SCNashville311116447281949
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia311310843321149
4Orlando City31121184544147
5New York City FCNY City311281151341744
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta30111094034643
7New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls30127113731643
8CF MontrealMontreal311110104441343
9DC United31125145150141
10Columbus Crew31108133842-438
11Inter MiamiInter Miami31115153348-1538
12Chicago Fire3297163651-1534
13Toronto3168173560-2526
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3148193364-3120

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