Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire preview and betting tips: High-scoring encounter on the cards at Crew Stadium

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Event Date: June 23, 2013 02:00 CET

The 13th-placed Columbus Crew are set to welcome the 16th-placed Chicago Fire at their Columbus Crew Stadium for an MLS matchup on Sunday. A win could potentially lift the Crew to the Playoffs spots as only two points divide the teams from the sixth to the fourteenth.

A look at the Crew’s recent form tells us that they have been enjoying mixed results of late. They have won two, drawn two and lost also two of their last six games. Last weekend, they ended a run of back-to-back defeats by beating Montreal Impact 2-0 at home.

The Fire were also victorious last weekend. They defeated Colorado Rapids 2-1 at Toyota Park. That win extended their unbeaten run to seven games, out of which five have been wins and two draws. If they hadn’t started the season in such awful form, the Fire could have easily been sitting in the Playoffs spots right now.

The recent head to head record between these two is quite lopsided in one team’s favour. Chicago Fire have won all of the last four meetings against Columbus Crew. However, all those quartet of clashes took place in the Fire’s own backyard, unlike this Sunday’s meeting. The developing trend in this particular fixture is that the home side reigns supreme. Another one is that they mostly play out high-scoring encounters as five of their last half a dozen games have resulted in at least three goals scored. Therefore, the recommended bet here is to back Stan James’ Over 2.5 goals line at odds of 2.00.

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