- Soldier Field
- Chicago Fire have scored just seven goals in ten games – the worst total in the Eastern Conference.
- Atlanta United have lost only two MLS games this season (Won 2, Drawn 6).
- Atlanta United beat Chicago Fire earlier this season.
Luck can turn for draw specialists Atlanta
Chicago Fire picked up a welcome point at home to Philadelphia Union last time out, but they remain bottom of the Eastern Conference heading into July.
This week they entertain an Atlanta United side with a growing reputation as draw specialists.
Some sixty percent of the Five Stripes’ games have ended in stalemate and they even ensured that New York Red Bulls recorded their first of the season in Sunday’s 0-0.
Gabriel Heinze’s men were a bit unlucky not to grab a late winner when Miles Robinson’s header hit the post, but they were guilty of missing chances.
A trip to Soldier Field presents a great chance to get back to winning ways, although defensive midfielder Franco Ibarra is almost certainly missing with a right hamstring injury.
The Five Stripes were without Mexican winger Jurgen Damm last weekend and he remains doubtful for this too while Chicago Fire are going to be without captain Francisco Calvo for the best part of a month during the Concacaf Gold Cup.
His absence in defence – plus the continued unavailability of centre-back Carlos Terán, who suffered a leg injury in the loss to FC Cincinnati – improves Atlanta’s prospects of returning from the Windy City with a win.
Admittedly, the visitors have scored only three in five away games to date – but they were denied by the woodwork on Sunday and one goal might be enough to win this.
That’s why our recommendation is to keep faith with the Five Stripes and play a 1-0 road win as a correct score.
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- 30 Jul