Chicago Fire FC vs Toronto FC 7/24/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

Chicago Fire FC have been much better at home than they have been on the road this season, which is quite usual for them. They will now remain at home for their next assignment, where they will play host to Toronto FC on Saturday. Toronto missed the chance to grab a win in their two previous matches that were both played in Canada. Those were their first two true home matches this season, but Toronto find themselves on the road again.

Chicago (3 wins, 8 losses, 3 draws) failed to bounce back after a massive loss to Nashville, as they were stuck at a 2-2 draw at home against DC United. They actually took a 2-goal lead in that match, with goals by Gimenez (32nd minute) and a DC United own goal (61st minute). But DC United scored two goals in a 5-minute span towards the end of the match and forced a 2-2 draw. Chicago have now won just 2 of their last 8 matches (2 wins, 4 losses, 2 draws), keeping just 1 clean sheet but scoring multiple goals on 4 occasions. They are sitting at the 12th spot in the East with 12 points, scoring 16 and conceding 25 goals. 7 of their 14 matches had Over 2.5 Goals with an average of 2.9 goals per match. Chicago have not been anything special at home so far (3-3-3) but they have scored a total of 11 goals in their last 4 matches there (2 wins, 2 draws). The problem is that they have kept just 2 clean sheets at home so far, while conceding 2 or more goals on 4 occasions.

Toronto FC (2 wins, 8 losses, 4 draws) could not win any of their two home matches after returning at the BMO Field in Toronto. First came a 1-1 draw against Orlando City last weekend, and in their last match they played for another 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls. Toronto did not play very good in that match, they conceded at the 46th minute and managed to pull even at the 62nd minute, in what was their only shot on target in the entire match. Even so, they are now unbeaten in their last 3 (1 win, 2 draws) after losing 6 in a row prior to that. Toronto are still at the 13th spot of the Eastern Conference with 10 points, scoring 18 and conceding 31 goals, which is the worst defense in the entire MLS. 7 of their 14 matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 3.5 Goals per match. They have been rather bad on the road so far (1 win, 6 losses, 1 draw), scoring 10 and conceding 22 goals in the process (7 of those were against DC United). 5 of their 8 away matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 4 goals per match.

Chicago Fire vs Toronto FC. The two teams didn’t meet at all last season, but the last time they met (in 2019) they played for a couple of 2-2 draws. Now 11 of the last 12 matches between the two had 3 goals or more, and 10 of those had goals from both sides. Toronto have been great in this match-up in recent years, going unbeaten in their last 11 against Chicago (7-0-4). That means they are unbeaten in their last 4 trips to this venue (3-0-1) and have only lost once here since 2013 (3-1-3). Given the offensive prowess of the two teams, I am taking the Over 3 Goals here.

Chicago Fire FC vs Toronto FC 7/24/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

MLS Starting Time: 20:00PM EDT

Location: Soldier Field, Chicago

Date: Saturday, July 24th  

MLS Odds: Toronto +0.5

MLS Totals: 3

Free MLS Pick: Over 3 Goals

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