S
SEARCH
M
SW
Collect News Data
Oct 17, 2021 at 12am UK
New EnglandNew England Revolution
2-2
Chicago FireChicago Fire
Kaptoum (47'), Bou (76')
Buchanan (90+3')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Medran (49'), Aliseda (88')
Navarro (60'), Navarro (90+4')

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

:Headline: Preview: New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Major League Soccer clash between New England Revolution and Chicago Fire, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Sports Mole

The New England Revolution have an opportunity to move a little closer to the Supporters' Shield title with a victory on Saturday versus the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium.

Before the international break, New England had gone unbeaten in six consecutive fixtures, while Chicago fell 3-1 to Toronto at the end of September and are currently 13 points back of a playoff position.


Match preview

They already have first place in the Eastern Conference and a first-round playoff bye sewn up, but Bruce Arena and the Revs still look eager to make some more history.

Throughout this campaign, New England have started quickly and cruised from there, tallying 31 first-half strikes this season and 57 goals altogether, which is the best in the league in both departments.

The club is on pace to smash several league records and franchise records as well, with the most notable being the regular-season points total of 72 set by Los Angeles FC in 2019, as the Eastern Conference leaders are seven points behind that mark with five games remaining.

In their last victory over CF Montreal, the club clinched its first 20-win campaign in franchise history, becoming only the 14th team in MLS to accomplish that feat as they are eight points ahead of the Seattle Sounders for the Supporters' Shield crown.

Winning that many games in the regular season may be a brand-new feeling for most of the players, but it is something that manager Bruce Arena has now experienced three times as a coach in this league.

The former two-time coach of the US men's national team is two wins shy of the all-time MLS regular-season record of 240, set by Sigi Schmid.

Chicago may not be mathematically eliminated from postseason contention, but based on their performances of late, it looks like they have already packed it in for the year.

Interim manager Frank Klopas talked about a need to be competitive and fight till the end of matches, two things that we have not seen enough of from the Fire this season.

After narrowly missing the postseason by a single point in 2020, the core of this team have underperformed for large stretches of the year and have dug themselves what appears to be a nearly impossible deficit in the Eastern Conference.

The jobs of numerous players could be on the line for the rest of this campaign as this club have failed to deliver on some lofty expectations.

On the other hand, with such a significant gap in the table, perhaps we will see them play with a lot more poise and conviction, knowing that there is not much chance to progress to a top-seven position in the table, so you would think that might take away some of the pressure that they have been feeling.

The Fire have not won a game all season when conceding the opening goal, and for the first time all year, they lost their last match despite scoring first.

Four of their final five matches are on the road, so it seems inevitable that they will be officially eliminated from the playoff picture sooner rather than later, seeing as they have only collected one victory on the road this season.

New England Revolution Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W

Chicago Fire Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • L



Team News

Adam Buksa has a goal in three straight appearances for the Revs, notching his 13th in their last encounter, his fourth game-winner of the year, while Gustavo Bou has an assist in three consecutive matches.

Tajon Buchanan and Matt Turner should be back in the fold after they both featured prominently for Canada and the US during the World Cup 2022 qualifying window, with Buchanan scoring in a big victory versus Panama and Turner collecting a clean sheet in their win over Jamaica.

Maciel and Emmanuel Boateng are question marks with undisclosed injuries, Luis Caicedo made his second appearance of the season before the international window and Scott Caldwell continues to be a good luck charm for this team, who have not lost when the 30-year-old defensive midfielder has featured in 2021.

Chicago continues to be missing goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm with a right knee injury, Brian Gutierrez has a right ankle issue, Boris Sekulic is suffering from back spasms, while Carlos Teran and Francisco Calvo have right thigh injuries.

Robert Beric is one of many Chicago players who have been underwhelming this year, as the Slovenian international scored only his fifth goal in league play in their last match after notching 12 in 2020.

Fabian Herbers assisted on the Beric goal against Toronto, his fourth of this campaign, while he also made his 19th start of 2021, which is a career-high for the German midfielder.

New England Revolution possible starting lineup:
Turner; Jones, Kessler, Farrell, Bell; McNamara, Polster, Buchanan; Gil; Buksa, Bou

Chicago Fire possible starting lineup:
Slonia; Bornstein, Pineda, Kappelhof; Medran, F. Navarro, Espinoza, Gimenez, Herbers; Beric, Ivanov


We say: New England Revolution 3-1 Chicago Fire

New England are hungry for that regular-season points record, and it is hard to bet against them in this one, given their depth and the fact that two of their key contributors are back.

For whatever reason, Chicago have not looked interested or motivated enough to start matches this year and their reactions when going behind have not been good enough.



Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting a home win in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Home Win:data



body check tags ::

Previews by email

Click here to get Sports Mole's daily email of previews and predictions for every major game!


amp_article__467445 : Collect and Make Data not in DataBase  : 
last updated article - 2021-10-16 08:00:50:
html db last update - 2021-10-15 18:04:10 :

ex - 7200 : read : write cache and make html
Read more!

This page is available in multiple languages
Share this article now:

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Match previews - Daily
Transfer Talk Daily
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Major League Soccer Table

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England34227565412473
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia341412848351354
3Nashville SCNashville341218455332254
4New York City FCNY City341491156362051
5Atlanta UnitedAtlanta34131294537851
6Orlando City34131295048251
7New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34139123933648
8DC United34145155654247
9Columbus Crew34138134645147
10CF MontrealMontreal341210124644246
11Inter MiamiInter Miami34125173653-1741
12Chicago Fire3497183654-1834
13Toronto34610183966-2728
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3448223774-3720

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England34227565412473
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia341412848351354
3Nashville SCNashville341218455332254
4New York City FCNY City341491156362051
5Atlanta UnitedAtlanta34131294537851
6Orlando City34131295048251
7New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34139123933648
8DC United34145155654247
9Columbus Crew34138134645147
10CF MontrealMontreal341210124644246
11Inter MiamiInter Miami34125173653-1741
12Chicago Fire3497183654-1834
13Toronto34610183966-2728
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3448223774-3720
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Match previews - Daily
Transfer Talk Daily
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Chelsea139313152630
2Manchester CityMan City139222772029
3Liverpool1384139112828
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham137242416823
5Arsenal137241517-223
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves136251212020
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs126151117-619
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd135352122-118
9Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton134631214-218
10Leicester CityLeicester135352023-318
11Crystal Palace133731919016
12Brentford134451717016
13Aston Villa135171821-316
14Everton134361620-415
15Southampton133551118-714
16Watford134181824-613
17Leeds UnitedLeeds132651220-812
18Burnley121651420-69
19Norwich CityNorwich13238727-209
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle130671529-146
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .