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The Bent Musket predicts: Revs at Fire

Long-time nemeses renew their acquaintance in the Windy City

MLS: New England Revolution at Chicago Fire Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

New England has not won a match in Chicago since 2013, and you’d have to go back to 2006 for the Revs’ previous road victory there. Not much success at all, but this year feels different, as the New England plays an exciting, uptempo style while Chicago is struggling.

Could this be the year New England finally wins again in the Windy City?

If you run the oft-fruitless exercise of comparing results vs common opponents at the same venue, here’s how it looks:

Home vs SKC: Revs W Fire L

Home vs CLB: Revs L Fire W

Home vs ATL: Revs D Fire L

Home vs MTL: Revs W Fire W

Away at CLB: Revs D Fire L

Away at PHI: Revs L Fire L

So overall, New England is 2-2-2 and Chicago is 2-4-0 against the same opponents at the same venue thus far in 2018...for what it’s worth.

The Bent Musket staff predicts:

Seth: Revs 1, Fire 1

Comment: The Fire haven’t been good this season (even at home) but Alan Gordon is going to score a goal. So, a draw seems fair..

Tony: Revs 2 Fire 2

Comment: Tough venue for New England, but I think they can get a result. Chicago didn't rest Nikolic midweek, but they have Bastian, McCarty, Katai, and Gordon to spur their attack.

Jake: Revs 3, Fire 2

Comment: If New England is the playoff team we want them to be, they should take six points from these next two road games before the World Cup break. A draw in Chicago would not be the end of the world but the Revs need to continue to separate themselves from teams at the bottom of the East. Bridgeview has not been kind to the Revs in the past, and the Fire handled the Red Bulls press at RBA not to long ago, but after a dismal USOC loss, the Revs need another “show-me” win in league play. Coming off a big win of their own against RBNY last week, I think they get all three today.

Sean: Revs 2 Fire 1

Comment: After an embarassing early exit in the Open Cup earlier this week, I expect the Revs to come out with a strong performance on the road. This Revs team has a stronger mentality than in years and they’ll look to erase the midweek defeat from Revs fans memories.

Summary

NE win: 2

CHI win: 0

Draw: 2

TBM Predicts Table

Name Matches Record Points* P/M
Name Matches Record Points* P/M
Sean 6 3-3 13 2.17
Seth 8 2-6 11 1.38
Tony 8 1-7 9 1.12
Jake 6 2-4 8 1.3
Jim 1 1-0 3 3
Nick 3 0-3 3 1.0

Point allocation: Correct result = 3 Correct score (both) = 2 Correct score (one) = 1

What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!