Chicago Fire vs Vancouver Whitecaps Match Analysis & Prediction
31/08/2023 3:30 am
Two sides barely clinging to playoff spots in their respective conceferences will meet at Soldier Field on Thursday morning, as the Chicago Fire host the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first game between teams this year.
The hosts have lost back-to-back matches, losing 3-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy last Saturday, currently two points above DC United for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, the Whitecaps edged the Portland Timbers 3-2, putting them two points clear of the postseason line in the West.
Chicago are holding down a playoff spot by the skin of their teeth and have nine matches remaining in their quest for the postseason for the first time since 2017.
While an elusive playoff berth will be the ultimate goal for this team between now and the end of the season, the Fire need eight points from their final nine games to surpass their total from 2022 (39).
Vancouver began their seven-game road trip on the right foot this past weekend, picking up their second away victory of the MLS campaign.
Their victory put them in the lead for the Cascadia Cup, but more importantly, it has them in a much stronger position to return to the postseason.
It was only the fifth time that the Whitecaps had won an away game in this competition since Vanni Sartini took charge in August 2021, with Vancouver having now earned nine points away from home in the 2023 regular campaign, one fewer than in 2022.
Thursday will be the first time Vancouver face an Eastern Conference opponent on the road in MLS action this year, with this team winless in their last seven regular-season matches away from home against the East, losing all three encounters against that conference last year by a combined score of 8-2.
Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Head to head
In the 13 previous meetings between these two teams, Chicago Fire have claimed three victories while Vancouver Whitecaps have won seven, and they have drawn in three. Vancouver have scored 20 goals and conceded 17 in the process.
08/07/2018Vancouver Whitecaps3Chicago Fire2MLS
13/04/2019Chicago Fire1Vancouver Whitecaps1MLS
23/07/2020Chicago Fire0Vancouver Whitecaps2MLS
10/04/2021Vancouver Whitecaps3Chicago Fire2Club Friendlies
24/07/2022Vancouver Whitecaps1Chicago Fire3MLS
Chicago Fire Team News
Chicago Fire were without Javier Casas against Galaxy as he is dealing with an issue in his right upper arm, while Chris Mueller was on the sidelines with a right upper leg issue.
Victor Bezerra sat out with a right lower leg injury, while Mauricio Pineda was forced out due to a yellow card accumulation.
Chicago Fire's Last 5 Matches
28/07/2023Minnesota United2Chicago Fire3Leagues Cup
01/08/2023Puebla(P)1Chicago Fire1Leagues Cup
05/08/2023Chicago Fire0America1Leagues Cup
21/08/2023Chicago Fire1Orlando City3MLS
27/08/2023LA Galaxy3Chicago Fire0MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps Team News
Thomas Hasal was scratched from the Whitecaps team sheet in Portland due to a patellar tendinopathy.
Luis Martins missed that game due to a left calf strain, while Andres Cubas will not be available on Thursday having picked up another caution last weekend.
Vancouver Whitecaps's Last 5 Matches
22/07/2023Leon(P)2Vancouver Whitecaps2Leagues Cup
31/07/2023LA Galaxy1Vancouver Whitecaps2Leagues Cup
05/08/2023Tigres UANL(P)1Vancouver Whitecaps1Leagues Cup
21/08/2023Vancouver Whitecaps0SJ Earthquakes1MLS
27/08/2023Portland Timbers2Vancouver Whitecaps3MLS
Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Odds and Predictions
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