Chicago Fire – FC Cincinnati match prediction

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Chicago Fire welcome FC Cincinnati in their first-ever MLS meeting, but enter this game in poor form after winning only one of their last eight league fixtures (W1, D3, L4). The Fire failed to score in just two of those games though, and witnessed four produce over 3.5 goals.

However, the hosts are strong at home – losing just once here this season (W5, D4, L1). They have scored in every home match, and three of their five victories have come ‘to nil’.

Rock-bottom of the Eastern Conference, opponents Cincinnati ended a run of six league defeats with a win last time out. Whilst they scored in four of those losses, the visitors have failed to find the net in eight of their 13 total league defeats this term.

In fact, Cincinnati have lost their last eight away league games, failing to score in four, and currently possess the worst away defence after conceding 31 goals. However, they have picked up one of their two MLS clean sheets this season on the road.

Players to watch: C.J. Sapong scored a first-half brace in Chicago’s last victory – five of his eight goals have now arrived before half-time. Meanwhile, Kekuta Manneh opened the scoring in Cincinnati’s last match – all three of his MLS strikes have been his team’s first of the game.

Stat attack: Chicago have drawn four MLS home games this term, all four ended 1-1 and involved all goals being scored in one half.

Chicago have opened the scoring in their last six home games (W4, D2), and netted multiple first-half goals in their last three home wins.

Excluding own-goals, Cincinnati have scored just one goal before half-time across their last nine competitive away games (L9).

Cincinnati have lost two of the three away league games where they opened the scoring (W1, L2).

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