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Massive Predictions: Crew at Chicago Fire

The Black & Gold are still in search of a win while traveling to Bridgeview.

MLS: FC Cincinnati at Chicago Fire Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The story remains the same for Columbus Crew SC. The team played well last Saturday but still found a way to lose late to Orlando City SC, struggling to score goals despite controlling much of the play. The Black & Gold still have just 17 points through 21 matches.

Good news could be on the horizon though. While the Crew historically play poorly at SeatsGeek Stadium, the Chicago Fire are only five points ahead of Columbus and have just one win in the team’s last nine outings. Also, reinforcements are on the way for the Black & Gold, as winger Luis Diaz has arrived and is expected to be available for this contest.

Can the Crew finally find a way to get three points, or even just a point? Let’s see what our staff thinks:

Elmer Plasencia

Chicago Fire’s recent form and loss to FC Cincinnati can give Crew fans a little hope. The Fire have struggled the past 10 games, only earning a possible six of 30 points. This is definitely a winnable game for Columbus.

It’s do or die for the Black & Gold. Caleb Porter has to get some momentum out of this team in the last 13 games of this season. The team showed the ability to put moments together, now they just need to put it together for a full 90 in Bridgeview to break the winless streak.
Columbus Crew SC 1 Chicago Fire 0

Jimmy Lentz

Jimmy Lentz

Five points separate Columbus Crew SC (17 points) and the Chicago Fire (22 points) at the bottom of the Eastern Conference as they prepare to meet in Illinois for a mid-week match. While Gyasi Zardes is bound to score one of the goals that was left wanting down in Orlando over the weekend, Columbus’ defense just continues to make fundamental mistakes when it matters most. And injuries preventing defenders Gaston Sauro and Josh Williams from playing this Wednesday night, coupled with Jonathan Mensah on the questionable list, won’t help matters with such a short turnaround from the Crew’s latest road loss.
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Tyler Fisher

So maybe, I was a little too optimistic against Orlando City. But it was an improvement. However, Columbus is back on the road to take on rivals Chicago Fire. This match will mark the possible last time the Crew will play a match in Bridgeview. Chicago is coming off of a 2-1 loss to FC Cincinnati, while Columbus carry a 1-0 loss to Orlando into this one. The Fire has the upper hand, because simply they score goals and the Crew have a very difficult time winning a game in Bridgeview. Also, Columbus is down key center back roles, as well as a midfielder piece due to injuries. The only upside is that Jonathan Mensah is listed as questionable for this match after getting hurt in the AFCON with the Ghana National Team. So, will Columbus win? I hope so. Do I think it will happen? Probably not.
Chicago Fire 2 Columbus Crew SC 0

Mike Crosky

The Fire is very solid 5-2-4 at home so far this season. The Crew is a putrid 1-8-0 on the road in 2019. Smart money would tell us that Chicago should run away with this one. However, one of those Fire losses came just last week versus lowly FC Cincinnati. That is classic Major League Soccer, isn’t it!? Columbus seems to struggle in Bridgeview and given how this season has gone, earning a draw would feel like winning 5-0 at this point. Though, for some reason I have a hunch that the Crew will pull four points out of the next two games, so I am going to say it’s a draw against the Fire.
Columbus Crew SC 0 Chicago Fire 0

Jay Homan

If bottom of the league FC Cincinnati was able to beat the Chicago Fire in Bridgeview over the weekend, surely the Crew can do the same in a midweek matchup. Chicago has been wildly inconsistent this season with demoralizing wins against Atlanta United, the New England Revolution and the Colorado Rapids, followed by lackluster defeats against the San Jose Earthquakes, St. Louis FC and the New York Red Bulls. To note though, all of those matches were on the road and not in the soon-to-be-vacated SeatGeek Stadium.

The Crew continues to deal with the injury bug. With it being unlikely that Gaston Sauro, Josh Williams or the returning Jonathan Mensah will be able to play Wednesday, keep an eye on if Caleb Porter changes his formation to account for his lack of center backs or has faith in two young homegrown players (Alex Crognale and Aboubacar Keita) to hold down the penalty box. Either way, unless the Crew untraditionally scores multiple goals on the road, it is unlikely they will overcome their current defensive predicament.
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Abigail Hintz

Chicago is in a slump that is almost as bad as the one Columbus has found themselves in since May. The injury-ridden team is traveling to Chicago for the midweek match up, factors that could be problematic. However, the frustration felt by head coach Caleb Porter and players alike is about to overflow, and I think this rivalry could be the chance for the Crew to get a breakthrough. It’s going to be a dogfight, regardless of the outcome.
Columbus Crew SC 1 Chicago Fire 0

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