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Colorado Rapids MatchDay First Look: Chicago Fire

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Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids are back in action this Saturday night at 7:00 PM when they take on Chicago Fire at Dick's Sporting Goods Park where they will look to extend their unbeaten run to ten games.  They take on a Fire team that is struggling mightily this season and will be hoping for any sort of result in Colorado.

The Records

The Rapids are first in the Western Conference with a record of 8-2-4 (28 points, 2.0 PPG) and also lead the Supporters Shield standings.  The Fire are at the exact opposite of the Shield Standings as they are in 20th with a 2-5-5 record (11 points, 0.92 PPG)

Recent Results

22 August 2015  0:1 win at Chicago Fire

4 June 2014  0:0 draw at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

19 June 2013  2:1 loss at Chicago Fire

1 April 2012  2:0 win at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

27 August 2011:  2:0 loss at Chicago Fire

Basic Statistics

GP Points Win Loss Draw Goals For Goals Against Shots Shots on Goal
Colorado Rapids 14 28 8 2 4 17 10 188 72
Chicago Fire 12 11 2 5 5 10 14 137 36

Initial Thoughts

Wow.  This match is truly a tale of opposites.  The Rapids are the top team in MLS are have not lost in over two months where the Fire have only won twice all year.  They have yet to win on the road and the Rapids have yet to lose at home.  So, easy right?

The one thing I know in Major League Soccer is that nothing is easy and nothing goes according to script and if the Rapids sleep on the Fire, they will get (pardon the pun) burned in this match.  The Fire do have some play makers on the squad and could pose a threat to the Rapids back line.  David Accam has great speed and could get the behind the Rapids defenders with that speed.  And the Rapids still do struggle scoring goals, but should have a full compliment, with the exception of Jermaine Jones and Shkelzen Gashi.

So who gets the W?  I have to think the Rapids will come out and look to extend their streak as the Fire are a beatable team and the home faithful will be ready for another win.