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When Chicago Fire host Toronto FC in a do-or-die fixture at the SeatGeek Stadium on Sunday, they will be fully aware that the margin of error for them is slim to none.
If they put even a foot wrong and end up dropping points, their floundering hopes of making the playoffs would fizzle out.
The Fire (32-9-12) are currently eighth in the Eastern Conference, directly below the border that separates the playoffs making teams from those who will soon be, as the Inside the NBA crew would say, “gone fishing”.
The Men in Red trail the seventh-placed New England by four points, and with just two games left in the regular season, they cannot afford to lose any further ground. Fortunately for them, the game this Sunday is in their own backyard where they have lost just twice in the league the entire season.
But unfortunately for them, their Canadian opponents have some late-season targets of their own to meet, which means they should not expect a walk in the park.
Though Toronto FC have qualified for the playoffs, they will not have home advantage in the opening round, unless they can climb up from their current sixth position to fourth, which is in the control of D.C. United presently.
One thing going in Chicago’s favour is that while they will be well-rested, same won’t be the case for Toronto, who were in action during the midweek in the final of the Canadian Championship.
In fact, Toronto did not just go through a full 90 minutes plus extra time, but they also ended up losing on penalties to Montreal Impact. The nature of the game and the result could be physically and emotionally deflating for Toronto, much to Chicago’s delight.
Chicago were also frustrated last weekend when they were held to a 0-0 draw by the league’s worst side and expansion franchise: FC Cincinnati. But they would at least have their legs at the weekend. That, and the home advantage.
Toronto will take confidence in the fact that they have not lost in their last eight league games. They are also unbeaten against the Fire in their last six meetings, of which they have won three.
In the reverse fixture at BMO field, Toronto were clearly the better side but somehow managed to draw 2-2.
Chicago Fire vs Toronto FC Betting Prediction
After what we’ve just told you, you can either that that Toronto FC will be jaded and heartbroken or more determined and keen to bounce back. We believe in the latter, especially when it comes in the form of juicy +286 odds via PointsBet.
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