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In a crucial MLS playoff showdown, CF Montreal is gearing up to face off against the Chicago Fire at Saputo Stadium this Saturday. This match marks their second in a series of three consecutive home games.
Last time out, CF Montreal faced a tough 4-2 loss against the Columbus Crew, leaving them sitting in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. They’re just two points ahead of the Fire in the playoff race. Meanwhile, Chicago is reeling from a rough 4-0 defeat at the hands of DC United.
Montréal vs Chicago Fire Predicted Lineups and Team News
Montreal’s recent form has been a rollercoaster ride. They started off strong, grabbing wins over Toronto FC and New England Revolution. However, things deteriorated with two consecutive losses to NYCFC and the Columbus Crew. With such ups and downs throughout the season, they now find themselves in 8th place.
However, Chicago is just two spots behind Montreal. They lost all four of their games between the Leagues Cup and the international break, allowing 11 goals, but scoring only once. Due to this, the Fire have slipped out of the playoff picture and are desperate for a turnaround in this crucial match. A win here could reignite their playoff hopes.
Team News: Montréal
Hernán Losada is facing a real head-scratcher when it comes to his defensive lineup. Last game, his team conceded a whopping four goals, with one of them being an unfortunate own goal by his defender, Gabriele Corbo. It’s safe to say he’s got some tough decisions to make in the backline.
Adding to the stress, both Corbo and his teammate George Campbell are teetering on the edge of suspension with four yellow cards each in just 22 appearances. They’ll need to tread carefully to avoid a forced sit-out.
— CF Montréal (@cfmontreal) September 8, 2023
Montréal Predicted Lineups
Jonathan Sirois; Ousman Jabang, George Campbell, Gabriele Corbo; Zachary Brault Guillard, Samuel Piette, Nathan Saliba, Mathieu Choinière; Bryce Duke; Kwadwo Opoku, Lassi Lappalainen.
Team News: Chicago Fire
Federico Navarro’s last game against D.C. United was a real bummer. He had to walk off the field just 27 minutes into the match, and it turned into a nightmare for their team, with a brutal 4-0 loss, including an own goal by Carlos Teran.
Now, it seems pretty doubtful that Navarro will be suiting up for the next game against Montréal. In his place, we might just see Ousmane Doumbia stepping in. Even though they couldn’t pull off a win in the last match, Doumbia put on a decent show
Game day approaches!
— Chicago Fire FC (@ChicagoFire) September 15, 2023
Chicago Fire Predicted Lineups
Chris Brady; Arnaud Souquet, Mauricio Pineda, Rafael Czichos, D. A. A. Patiño; Gastón Giménez, Ousmane Doumbia; Fabian Herbers, Brian Gutierrez, Maren Haile-Selassie; Kei Kamara.
Navarro has been sidelined for a minimum of two weeks following a lower leg injury sustained during the D.C. United match. Despite ample time for recuperation, it appears that he has not yet fully regained fitness to participate in the upcoming game against Montréal.
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