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Match Preview: Fire Look For Back-to-Back Wins As Familiar Face Returns to Town

The Fire welcome CF Montréal to Soldier Field along with former player Djordje Mihailovic.

Photo: Soccer America

The Fire will look to start their first winning streak of the season when CF Montréal comes to town on Saturday afternoon. Chicago got their first win of the season last weekend, a 1-0 victory over Inter Miami.

Now, the Fire aim to try to win their second match in a row for the first time since September of last season. Standing in their way is CF Montréal, a team many predicted to finish towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference, but instead is having a decent start to the season.

The Second City Soccer crew takes a look at everything you need to know for the upcoming match this weekend:

Matchup:

Chicago Fire: 1-1-4 (4 pts.); -6 GD; 13th in the Eastern Conference

  • Form: L-L-L-L-W

CF Montréal: 2-2-3 (8 pts.); 0 GD; 7th in the Eastern Conference

  • Form: D-L-W-L-L

Fixture History:

  • Last Match (Oct. 3, 2020): Montréal 2-2 Chicago
  • Overall Head-to-Head:
    • Montréal: 8 wins
    • Chicago: 7 wins
    • 6 draws

Players to Watch

Chicago: Fabian Herbers

Herbers made his first start of the season against Inter Miami and he had a very good game. He only played 68 minutes but he was all over the pitch, as seen by his heat map:

Data: WhoScored.com

Herbers had a 90% passing percentage as well as five total recoveries, four of which came in Inter Miami’s half of the field. Herbers’ work rate and energy were key to the Fire’s ability to shut down Miami’s attack. Expect him to make his second straight start versus Montréal.

Montréal: Djordje Mihailovic

The former Fire attacker will be making his first visit to Soldier Field as an opposing player. While many thought it was a simple trade that sent Mihailovic to Montréal, recent reports have told of conflicting stories as to how the trade actually went down.

Nonetheless, Mihailovic is a Montréal player now and the Fire will have to keep an eye on him. He is third on the team in both goals and expected goals per 90 minutes, providing a complimentary piece to striker Romell Quioto on the attack.


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