Chicago Fire (@2.1) vs Toronto FC (@3.4)
30-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Chicago Fire will win

Chicago Fire – Toronto FC Match Prediction | 30-09-2019 17:00

Lets see whats in store for the Men in Red. Toronto have two matches remaining to position themselves for success and the shadow of past failures will loom large should they slip up. Additionally, their midweek match saw TFC look on as the Montreal Impact raised the Canadian Championship at BMO field, leaving MLS Cup as the only route for a CONCACAF Champions League berth. Toronto, on the other hand, has already qualified for the postseason and could still see themselves slide into fourth place in the Eastensuring homefield advantage for at least the first round of the playoffs. The scene is perfectly set for Sunday with both sides desperately needing maximum points. MLS has outdone itself with drama this year and nobody is complaining about it. Competing at the highest level has been the norm for Greg Vanney and his charges in recent seasons, but this year has left much to be desired for Chicagos northern neighbors.

The performances of both clubs during the last month add weight to our prediction of a 1-1 draw this weekend, as under 2.5 goals were produced in three of Chicago Fires last five and four of Torontos last six matches. Chicago Fire have drawn two of their last three matches, and under 2.5 goals were produced on each occasion, while Toronto have drawn three of their last six matches, and each of those stalemates ended 1-1.

An own goal early in the second half from Parker proved enough for Chicago Fire to claim all three points at home to New York RB last time out, and on the balance of play the hosts just did enough to deserve the win. Pozuelo scored a spot kick shortly before the hour mark and twenty minutes later the very same player made it 3-0. Toronto crushed New York City 4-0 last time out, with a goal from Altidore in the twenty-ninth minute getting the ball rolling. Chapman completed the scoring with seven minutes left on the clock and Toronto picked up their third win of the season.

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Toronto have won every game so far this season and have the home advantage against a Chicago Fire side that they have a good recent head to head record against. Both teams have been scoring and conceding goals on a regular basis of late, something we expect to see continue on Saturday. Were confident that both teams will score and that over 2.5 goals will be scored in Saturdays game, and have predicted a final score of 3-1 in favour of the hosts Toronto. Altidore, Bradley, and Pozuelo have all scored two goals each in the MLS for Toronto this season, while Sapong, who also has two goals, is the only Chicago Fire player to have scored more than once in the league this season.

Chicago Fires defence has been strong in recent weeks, keeping three clean sheets in their last five matches, so its unlikely the hosts will concede more than one goal this weekend. The form of both teams heading into Sundays clash also points towards a score draw between the pair, as Chicago Fire are unbeaten at home in their last four matches, while Toronto havent won any of their last three away games or managed to keep a single clean sheet in their last six attempts.

The Reds, on the other hand, shared the spoils with Los Angeles FC in their last league fixture, but seeing that they have little to play for in the season finale, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. In their last meeting at SeatGeek Stadium Toronto recorded a 2-1 win over Chicago Fire, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. This has to go down as a must-win game for Veljko Paunovics troops and seeing that Toronto have already booked their place in the play-offs, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts.

Cap space, increased wages, and performance bonus payouts saw the likes of Steven Beitashour move on and Benoit Cheyrou retire. Whether responsible for defensive interventions or relieving pressure through possession and being on the front foot, many of these absences were not adequately replaced. These departures were followed up by Vasquez, Giovinco, and Nick Hagglund the following year. Vanney had some hard decisions to make in the offseason after TFC won the 2017 MLS Cup. The most obvious answer lies with MLS roster building mechanisms and salary structures.

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Chicago Fire were producing splendid showings at the start of the season, but, as expected, the team eventually suffered a dip in form and, as a result, they have been dropping down the standings week by week. Both teams are likely to go for a win in Sundays derby and a high-scoring affair appears on the horizon. All eyes will be on Toyota Park when Chicago Fire and Toronto face each other in the MLS derby. Chicago Fire aim to stay in the race for top position in the Eastern Conference and we predict that Veljko Paunovics men are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Sundays football match against Toronto. The Reds recorded a routine 4-1 win over Portland Timbers at the weekend, with Justin Morrow scoring a brace for the Canadian club, but, as before, a man to watch in the away team will be Sebastian Giovinco, who is enjoying yet another successful season.

Montreal Impact are considered the clubs biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks in meetings between the two Canadian sides. Toronto FCs home kit is red and it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Reds. Speaking of the Canadian Championship, Toronto FC won their fifth domestic title in 2016, with the team beating Vancouver Whitecaps in the final of the tournament. It has to be noted that the club was founded back in 2005.

Toronto FCs home kit is red and it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Reds. Speaking of the Canadian Championship, Toronto FC won their fifth domestic title in 2016, with the team beating Vancouver Whitecaps in the final of the tournament. It has to be noted that the club was founded back in 2005. Montreal Impact are considered the clubs biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks in meetings between the two Canadian sides.

Pozuelo scored a spot kick shortly before the hour mark and twenty minutes later the very same player made it 3-0. Chapman completed the scoring with seven minutes left on the clock and Toronto picked up their third win of the season. Toronto crushed New York City 4-0 last time out, with a goal from Altidore in the twenty-ninth minute getting the ball rolling. An own goal early in the second half from Parker proved enough for Chicago Fire to claim all three points at home to New York RB last time out, and on the balance of play the hosts just did enough to deserve the win.

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Eleven goals and eleven assists on the season in twenty-eight matches is the type of productivity that TFC was hoping for, especially as many of the other pieces around him have under-performed. From Il Maestro to El Maestro: The most pertinent question for Toronto at the start of the season was how effectively they could replace the productivity of Sebastian Giovinco. They splashed a fair amount of cash on Alejandro Pozuelo, both in terms of transfer fee to Genk and on his DP level salary (almost $4m annually). Coming off of a brace and an assist against NYCFC, the brilliance was there in April but now he has added consistency to a side that has needed it. An outright number ten, unlike Giovinco's second forward tendencies, Pozuelo has turned out to be the real deal.

Both teams are chasing a spot in the playoffs and with just a few games remaining, were expecting a tight and tense game on Sunday as neither side will want to give away any cheap goals. Were confident that under 2.5 goals will be produced in Sundays match and have predicted a final scoreline of 1-1. Neither teams ha won or lost a lot of games of late, with Toronto drawing three of their last five on the road.