Chicago Fire followed up their fantastic 5-1 win over Atlanta United with a disappointing defeat in Kansas, while Cincinnati bounced back from a humiliating 7-1 loss against Minnesota United by claiming all three points in a five-goal thriller in Texas last time out. The two teams are both struggling in the bottom half of the table but Chicago Fire sit two places and eight points ahead of their weekend guests.
Chicago Fire were outplayed for the majority of the ninety minutes during their trip to Sporting KC last weekend, managing just 38% of the overall possession and producing just two shots on target. A solitary fourteenth-minute effort from Croizet proved enough to deliver Sporting KC a deserved three points in a game that won’t live long in the memory.
First-half goals from Manneh and Dally saw Cincinnati leading 2-0 at halftime against Houston Dynamo last time out, and a third goal from Ulloa just after the hour mark put the home side 3-0 up. A late penalty from Quioto and an own goal from Hagglund set up a nervy final nine minutes for the hosts but Cincinnati held on to secure a morale-boosting 3-2 victory.
The previous encounters between these two clubs and the pairs form over the last six weeks suggests that a double chance bet on Cincinnati has a good chance of paying out this weekend. The two previous encounters between these two clubs have each ended in stalemates. Chicago Fire have only won one of their last six matches in all competitions, while Cincinnati have only won two of their last six matches in league and cup. Over 2.5 goals have been scored in three of Chicago Fire’s last five and four of Cincinnati’s last six matches, which is why we’re backing Sunday’s game to end in a 2-2 draw.
Sapong leads the way for Chicago Fire this season with eight goals in the MLS, while Manneh top scores for Cincinnati with just three goals. We’re confident that a double chance bet on Cincinnati is worth backing this weekend and have predicted a final scoreline of 2-2. Neither side have been playing well of late and their previous two encounters have ended in stalemates, and its Cincinnati that head into the game on the back of a win which should give the visitors a confidence boost.
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