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Chicago Fire
Major League Soccer
May 5, 2024 at 2.25am UK
Soldier Field
New England Revolution

Chicago Fire
0 - 1
New England

Arigoni (83')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Chancalay (62')
Kessler (22'), Lima (50'), Chancalay (72'), Ivacic (90+6')

Preview: Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution - prediction, team news, lineups

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

Two of the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference's early strugglers will meet on Saturday as Chicago Fire play host to New England Revolution.

Both teams must start picking up points and more positive results, particularly for the visitors who sit bottom of the league.

Match preview

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

Chicago have had a mixed start to the season, featuring many inconsistencies with two victories, four draws and four defeats across their opening 10 games.

It has left them sitting in 12th heading into this weekend, but considering a victory could take them as high as seventh depending on other results, there is still plenty of hope that the season can be turned around.

The hosts have been more robust at home, though, and they managed to earn a point after a goalless draw against Atlanta United last weekend, which is a result the team can now build on.

The defensive improvements showcased in that particular game will have pleased Frank Klopas, considering his team has struggled defensively this season. At this stage, no team in the Eastern Conference has conceded more goals than them.

Even though Chicago have been stronger in home fixtures, they boast the worst home record when it comes to conceding goals, and that is an area the visitors will attempt to expose in this fixture.

New England Revolution midfielder Carles Gil (10) celebrates his goal on February 24, 2024© Reuters

New England will need to showcase much stronger attacking qualities to make that happen, though, as no team in the entire MLS has scored fewer than them so far this season.

With only six goals to their name as a squad across the opening nine games, there is a clear area for improvement for the Revs moving into this weekend.

The lack of goals has been one reason for New England's difficult start to the campaign, and their away form has reflected that, as they have lost all four of their matches.

With only one victory at home, the Revs' campaign has been one to forget so far. They sit bottom of the Eastern Conference and have a lot of work to do.

After a positive defensive performance last weekend, Chicago's back four is unlikely to be changed, as stability is critical.

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Team News

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

Andrew Gutman overcame an injury concern to feature in the goalless draw with Atlanta last time out, and while he did not complete the entire game, he should be able to start once again.

Chase Gasper will continue to sit out as he recovers from a leg injury he suffered in March.

The visitors are dealing with a large number of injuries at the moment, as Jonathan Mensah, DuJuan Jones and Tommy McNamara are all out of action right now.

That is on top of Brandon Bye and Dylan Borrero, who are suffering longer-term ACL problems.

Xavier Arreaga did come straight into the starting lineup last weekend for the Revs, and even though they went on to concede four goals, the former Seattle Sounders defender should keep his place in the team.

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

New England Revolution possible starting lineup:
Ravas; Lima, Romney, Kessler, Spaulding; Harkes, Polster; N. Gil, C. Gil, Bajraktarevic; Vrioni

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We say: Chicago Fire 1-1 New England Revolution

Neither team heads into this weekend with much confidence due to how they have started this season, and that could lead to a cautious performance from them.

While they each need to start picking up three points sooner than later, it would not be a surprise to see them play out to a draw.

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

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Eastern Conference

1FC CincinnatiCincinnati23153543291448
2Inter MiamiInter Miami23145451371447
3Columbus Crew21126345192642
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2391043728937
5New York City FCNY City2311393327636
6Charlotte FCCharlotte FC2310582724335
7Orlando City238693537-230
9Nashville SCNashville236892633-726
10CF MontrealMontreal236893246-1426
11Atlanta UnitedAtlanta2366113133-224
12DC United2458113248-1623
13Chicago Fire2357112840-1222
14New England RevolutionNew England2171132141-2022
15Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia2349103741-421

Western Conference

1Real Salt LakeSalt Lake23127448301843
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles22134544291543
3Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy24127544321243
4Colorado RapidsColorado2411584538738
5Portland TimbersPortland2410684839936
6Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver2210573830835
7Seattle SoundersSeattle239773226634
8Houston DynamoHouston228773027331
9Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd238693638-230
10Austin FCAustin238692532-730
12Sporting Kansas CityKansas2465133949-1023
13St Louis City2341093143-1222
14San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes2342173158-2714

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