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May 15, 2022 at 1am UK at Toyota Park
Chicago Fire
1 - 2
Cincinnati
Duran (83')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Czichos (33' og.), Acosta (85')
Moreno (8'), Acosta (21')

Preview: Chicago Fire vs. FC Cincinnati - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Chicago Fire vs. FC Cincinnati - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between Chicago Fire and FC Cincinnati, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Two teams at opposite ends of the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference will meet on Sunday when Chicago Fire welcome FC Cincinnati to Soldier Field.

The hosts are currently second bottom of the league after winning just two games, meanwhile the visitors are undefeated in their previous three matches in the division.


Match preview

Chicago Fire have won just two of their 10 MLS fixtures so far this season, which has left them second-bottom in the Eastern Conference at the moment.

They only sit above Inter Miami because of goal difference, putting extra pressure on this match as a defeat could slump to the foot of the division.

The Fire Men In Red have failed to win in their previous six outings across all competitions, which has been a period where the squad have dealt with disciplinary problems.

Chicago have had three red cards in that period, which has added further difficulties to Ezra Hendrickson when it comes to selecting his teams for each game.

Their most recent outings ended in a 4-1 defeat against Atlanta United, and the squad will now be pushing to improve their fortunes with only their second home win of the season.

FC Cincinnati have been performing well in the MLS as of late, as they have won their previous three matches, conceding just a single goal in that period.

However, their recent defensive qualities were turned upside down in their most recent outing in the U.S. Open Cup as they suffered a 5-1 defeat.

Cincinnati were knocked out by New England Revolution despite the fact they took the lead in the 12th minute via Alvaro Barreal after a hat-trick from Carles Gil and a brace by Adam Buksa.

Pat Noonan's team are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference though, and a victory on Sunday has the chance of pushing them to the top of the division depending on other results.

Cincinnati have been stronger away from home than in front of their own fans, having won half of their matches with one of the others ending in a draw.

Chicago Fire Major League Soccer form:
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  • L
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Chicago Fire form (all competitions):
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  • D
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  • L
  • L
  • L

FC Cincinnati Major League Soccer form:
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  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W

FC Cincinnati form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
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  • L


Team News

Chris Mueller was able to make his debut for Chicago Fire during their most recent outing, and he could be set to earn a place in the starting lineup on Sunday.

Victor Bezerra was also given a chance to appear for the first team as an academy graduate, while Xherdan Shaqiri is likely going to maintain his place as the attacking midfielder.

The visitors are dealing with a lot of injuries right now as Ronald Matarrita is out of action due an ankle injury, while Alex Kann has a lower-body issue.

Ray Gaddis and Allan Cruz have also all been missing as of late, which is something that has stretched the squad, but Tyler Blackett was able to return in their last outing.

Chicago Fire possible starting lineup:
Slonina; Sekulic, Teran, Omsberg, Navarro; Navarro, Pineda; Mueller, Shaqiri, Ivanov; Offor

FC Cincinnati possible starting lineup:
Vermeer; Bailey, Blackett, Cameron, Powell; Robledo, Medunjanin; Barreal, Markanich, Atanga; Ordonez


We say: Chicago Fire 0-2 FC Cincinnati

Both of these teams are enjoying vastly different seasons right now, and because of that they should be heading into the match with opposing levels of confidence.

Chicago Fire could end up at the foot of the table with a defeat, and the visitors should be able to secure a routine win on Sunday.




Top tip

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2New York City FCNY City1272324101423
3Orlando City136341617-121
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls135532014620
5CF MontrealMontreal136252423120
6FC CincinnatiCincinnati136161821-319
7Atlanta UnitedAtlanta124441918116
8Charlotte FCCharlotte FC135171216-416
9New England RevolutionNew England124352122-115
10Inter MiamiInter Miami134361321-815
11DC United124261619-314
12Columbus Crew123451515013
13Toronto133371825-712
14Chicago Fire132561117-611
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