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Chicago Fire vs. LAFC: Match Preview

LAFC goes on the road to take on a struggling Chicago side.

Houston Dynamo v Chicago Fire Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Where: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois.

When: Saturday, September 29th, 12:30 pm PT.

How to Watch: Univision, Twitter in the United States.

Los Angeles Football Club are unbeaten in six games, and they will looking to keep that going against a Chicago Fire team that has already been eliminated from playoff contention in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago were one of the stories of the league last year, powered by the midfield duo of Dax McCarty and Bastian Schweinsteiger, and forward Nemanja Nikolic.

This year, well things just have not gone right for the Fire.

Like LAFC’s last opponents, the San Jose Earthquakes, the Fire have gone from a playoff team to one of the worst teams in the league, with a combination of injuries, and loss of form making this a much less enjoyable season for the Fire faithful.

Chicago has had a rough time defensively, having to frequently play Schweinsteiger in a sweeper-type role in the back.

This has limited the FIre’s effect in midfield, and conversely if Schweinsteiger plays in midfield, the Fire suffer defensively.

On the other side of the ball, Nikolic is a quality striker if he can get decent service.

The wild card is Aleksander Katai. He is very talented, but also a streaky player. He can cause problems for LAFC, and he should probably top of their list in terms of players to keep an eye on.

With the Fire’s defensive deficiencies, expect another game for LAFC’s attack to put balls in the back of the net.

Prediction: LAFC 2, Chicago Fire 1. LAFC wins again to keep pace at the top of the West, Latif Blessing grabbing a goal for the Black-and-Gold. (Ed. note: Blessing was ruled out of the match due to injury after our initial publishing of this story. We’ll mark Latif down for a goal in his next appearance).

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