Colorado vs Chicago Fire by bOdyssey
Ok. Odds have risen because of Colorado missings. Shkelzen Gashi (10/2), Jermaine Jones (7/3), Jared Watts (6/0), Bobby Burling (10/1) are all out. But Rapids are not 1-2 menclub. Rapids are the TEAM. Mastroeni built decent team and has been able to get the best out of his players. In fact, 17 goals have been split among 11 goals scorers and the assists have come from 8 different players. So in this team any player can be key player and leader in his day. They still have up front Kevin Doyle (10/2). Former Chicago legend Pappa (7/1) ironically is back after injury to face Fire. Dominique Badji (10/1) is also good on the wings. Although he has only scored one and notched one assist in his ten appearances, his speed creates space for the likes of Doyle or Pappa. Defensively Rapids are well established and keeper MacMath has solid season. So Colorado is still very strong outfit despite the missings. They have adequate replacements
Now let’s talk about the Fire. Fire earned 11 points from 12 games and owe MLS winless away record. 20+ matches (I forgot the correct number). Last time they won away from home Revs in 2014. They lost last 3 away matches and attack looks terrible. The Fire looked OK in last 2 home matches with 4-3-3 formation but it’s obvious they’ll field more defensive strategy away from home against league leaders. Chicago has own squad worries. Matt Polster (10/0), Gilberto (9/0), John Goossens (5/0) and Collin Fernandez (2/0) are all out.
Moreover Chicago played 120 minutes midweek before traveling over 900 miles to Denver. That’s not easy. 4 days later Fire will face Conference opponent Philadelphia so I expect rotation here especially after 120 minutes midweek cup football
Expect Colorado to control the game and gets the deserved win but it won't be high-scoring (I guess). Let’s say another 1-0.
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