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Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire predictions, betting tips & live stream: No end to Chicago's travel sickness

Dean Smith 6 Mar 2017
  • Columbus Crew play host to Chicago Fire to Ohio on Saturday afternoon
  • Watch and bet on this Major League Soccer clash LIVE at bet365 > live streaming
Tony Tchani of the Columbus Crew SC (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire predictions for Saturday's Major League soccer game plus live stream links for the match. Chicago Fire have struggled on the road in recent years - can they overcome that travel sickness at Columbus Crew? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.


Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire Predictions



Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire is being streamed live online by bookmaker bet365. The firm have the match available to customers on their live streaming player, which can be found via the IN PLAY section of the website. The only requirement to watch the Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire live stream is to have a funded bet365 account. Those without an account can claim a 100% first deposit bonus of up to £200 by registering using the bonus code MAXCASH. Once registered, simply go to the IN PLAY section of the website at 19:00 GMT on Saturday, March 4 and click on the Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire live stream.

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Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire Betting Odds



Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire Betting Tips Explained


Columbus Crew will have been disappointed with last year's performance. The Ohians were expected to fight it out towards the top of the Eastern Conference but instead, they failed to finish in the play-offs as lengthy injuries kept out key players and a fall-out among the squad saw star striker Kei Kamara promptly shipped out to New England Revolution.

Given how much the Crew struggled defensively last year, it's no surprise to see that the main additions made this offseason have been at the back, with Ghana international Jonathan Mensah coming in on a designated contract. After two wins and a draw from their three pre-season fixtures, the Crew are unsurprisingly favourites here at 4/6.

Chicago Fire finished bottom of the Eastern Conference last season and supporters at Toyota Park will be expecting an improved performance from their side this season, along with manager Veljko Paunovic who will have been disappointed with his first season at the club - but some decent off-season additions could help them push for a play-off place this year.

Midfielder Dax McCarty and Juninho will add more creativity in the middle of the park and this will be vital in improving the Fire's torrid away form. Over the last few seasons, the Illinois-based side have managed just one win in 42 road matches in the league. They'll be hoping to buck that trend this season, starting on Saturday with an away win at 4/1.

Columbus Crew may have improved defensively in terms of the additions they've made, but this new backline will take time to gel. We can see them struggling against Fire's new look attack which includes former Legia Warsaw forward Nemanja Nikolic. We expect the hosts to get all three points but the visitors to find the net so we're backing the match result and BTTS bet at 11/5.

Federico Higuain will be raring to go this season having spent the majority of last term out on the injury table. The Argentinian midfielder has been a goalscoring threat for the Crew for some years now and he's nearly racked up a total of 50 league goals for the club. The 32 year old will be a danger to the visitors' defence and we fancy him to get a goal at 8/5.


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  • Columbus Crew finished 8th place in the Eastern Conference last year
  • Chicago Fire have won just one of their last 42 road matches in MLS
  • The Crew ran out 3-0 winners when these two met back in October

Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire Predictions



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