MLS Preview: Chicago Fire vs. Charlotte Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Oct 7)
- Chicago Fire is coming off a big win over Inter Miami.
- The Fire could book a spot in the playoffs this weekend.
- Charlotte still has a chance to break into the Top 9 in the East.
After beating Inter Miami 4-1 in the previous round, Chicago Fire’s chance of making the MLS Playoffs has skyrocketed. These guys are eight in the Eastern Conference with two more than the closest team from outside the playoff zone.
What this means is that with a win over Charlotte on Saturday evening, they could secure a spot in the postseason. However, the boys from North Carolina aren’t coming to Illinois with a raised white flag. On the contrary, they too stand a chance of making the playoffs, which is why they’re gonna go all-in this weekend.
How to Watch
- When: Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 8:30 p.m ET
- Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
- How to Watch: Apple TV
Chicago Fire’s been in great form lately, with two straight wins that have helped this team move up to eighth place in the MLS Eastern Conference. These guys have 40 points and two more games to play in the regular season of the 2023 MLS.
There are several teams that could take Chicago Fire’s place in the playoff zone, including Charlotte. The team from North Carolina has four points fewer than this team but has also played one game fewer. Unfortunately for Charlotte, after the game with Chicago Fire, they need to play two games against Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami.
What this practically means is that if they lose to Chicago on Saturday, Charlotte’s players can give up on their playoff dreams. But will they lose? Their form isn’t as impressive as the one of the Chicago Fire, but they did win their most recent game.
The bad news is that it happened against Toronto FC, the worst team in the Eastern Conference, which lost 15 of its last 16 games.
Chicago Fire vs. Charlotte Prediction
These two have met three times so far in the MLS, with Charlotte leading the series 2-1. What’s interesting is that we saw a total of 13 goals in those three games. We think Saturday’s Chicago Fire vs. Charlotte game will see a lot of goals as well, but which team is going to win? Our answer is: neither. Instead, we think a draw is the most likely outcome.