Seattle Sounders are on a poor run of form and have collected just eleven points from their thirteen MLS games this season, and this weekend they welcome a Chicago Fire side that have gone four games unbeaten in league and cup. The visitors sit seventh in the Eastern Conference and could move back into the top half if they managed to better the result of Orlando City this weekend. Seattle Sounders have a very good record against Chicago Fire and will be hoping that plays some part in a positive result this weekend, as the hosts are in desperate need of wins.
When the pair last met back in May 2017, hosts Chicago Fire ran out convincing 4-1 winners over a lacklustre Seattle Sounders who were reduced to ten men late on. A twenty-fifth minute Nikolić penalty broke the deadlock and put the home side 1-0 up, but a quick response from former Fulham attacker Clint Dempsey meant the teams went in level at the break. Chicago looked like the only team who really wanted to win this game and soon restored their lead through a sixtieth minute Accam strike. From that point on it was plain sailing for the home side as Solignac and Nikolić added further goals to help wrap up a convincing 4-1 victory.
Heading into Sunday’s latest encounter between the two clubs its the visitors Chicago Fire who head into the game as the clear form favourites, after they picked up three wins, two draws, and suffered just one defeat from their last six matches. Seattle Sounders have only managed one win during that same period of matches, with the other five games all ending in defeat and leaving Sunday’s hosts languishing third from bottom in the Western Conference. We’re expecting goals at both ends of the pitch in this game as neither side have kept a single clean sheet in their last six league and cup games. Three of Seattle’s and all of Chicago’s last six matches have produced over 2.5 goals, so we believe at least three goals will be witnessed in Sunday’s MLS clash.
Goals have been an issue for Seattle this season, with Bruin top scoring on three goals and the only player in their squad to have scored more than once in the league this season. Hungarian striker Nikolić, who scored twice when the pair last locked horns, has netted six MLS goals already this season and will fancy his chances against the hosts leaky defence.
We’re confident that both teams will score on Sunday and that the match will produce over 2.5 goals as both sides have failed to keep any clean sheets of late and both been involved in a large number of games that have seen three of more goals scored. As for a final score, we’re backing Chicago Fire to come out on top in a five-goal thriller on Sunday, with the visiting taking all three points via a 3-2 victory.
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Sunday marks the fifteenth meeting between these two clubs in all competitions, and with 9 wins, 3 draws, and just 2 defeats its Seattle Sounders who have so far dominated this fixture.
Jordan Morris, Kelvin Leerdam, Lamar Neagle, and Handwalla Bwana are all rated as highly doubtful to feature for Seattle this weekend.
Djordje Mihailovic, Michael de Leeuw, Matt Polster, Patrick McLain, and Drew Conner are all expected to miss the trip to Seattle on Sunday.