Chicago Fire v FC Dallas – MLS
Chicago Fire have doubts over the fitness of Bava and Juninho, both are unlikely to play. Few changes are expected for the hosts given their run of form of late. Joao Meira and Kappelhof have formed an effective duo at the back, whilst Schweinsteiger and McCarty provide composure in midfield. Nikolic is the leading scorer in the league, he is full of confidence and will pose a major threat. The hosts are in great form at the moment, winning their last 3 league games and rising up the league. The turnaround this season has captured the imagination of the fans, with the players starting to believe that they can cause some damage in the league. Not intimidated by any opponent as seen by the home form which has been very strong with no defeats in 6 games at Toyota Park. 4-2-3-1 is a formation which suits the players at coach Paunovic’s disposal. The hosts will look to dominate in midfield, with a desire to keep hold of the ball and dictate the pace of the game. The run of form means that Chicago Fire will press for a win, the mindset of the players and club as a whole has changed in 2017. Falling behind would not lead to panic, confident of overturning a deficit.
Dallas will continue to be without Diaz and Pomykal, the visitors could make changes after losing their first match of the season. A change in formation to 4-4-2 could happen, with the 4-2-3-1 system not working last week. Morales struggled to have an impact on the side, Akindele is a good option to come into the team and provide Urruti with greater support, flicking on long balls. The players were hurting after the defeat last time out, how they respond to a rare setback will be interesting. Although shocked with the result, coach Pareja remains calm and has belief in his players to bounce back. This game represents a major challenge, their opponents are in fine form. A win would be a major result and get them back on track, erasing the painful memory of a first defeat. A change to 4-4-2 is likely, with Dallas creating few chances in the previous match with just 1 striker. The visitors will look to form a compact unit without the ball, dropping deep to limit chances for hosts. A draw would be viewed as a good result, with Dallas facing a busy schedule and up against a side unbeaten at home this season. Conceding first would test the character in the side. Our previous preview for the FC Dallas: Link
Verdict & Prediction
Chicago Fire are full of confidence coming into this match, 3 wins in a row have pushed them up the table and they are enjoying a much better 2017 compared to 2016. The off-season signings have made a major impact, setting standards in training for others to match. Chicago have not lost in 6 home games this season, the players enjoy playing at Toyota Park and get great support from fans. Attendances have increased this season, with the style of play and results on the pitch attracting more supporters. Chicago have turned Toyota Park into a fortress. The hosts will be confident of getting 3 points, with their opponents suffering their first defeat of the season recently. The home side will look to take advantage of their opponents the first taste of defeat, taking the game towards them backed by a vocal crowd. A draw would be deemed acceptable also. I recommend a bet on over 2.5 goals.
Prediction: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.93 SBOBET