- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 6, 2008
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- Game Predictions, Game Previews, MLS Cup Playoffs, MLS Primetime Thursday
It’s a bit weird when you are driving into work and you hear something on the radio that makes your head turn. That was today for me on my way into work. Listening, as always, to ESPN Radio I heard a SportsCenter update that actually mentioned a MLS game. I was stunned because usually it never happens as a preview or even in a recap.
Nonetheless, the Chicago Fire host the New England Revolution tonight in the second leg of the opening round of the playoffs. The series is tied up a zero goals each. Its a winner take all kind of game really.
Chicago is trying to avoid the same end to their season that they have endured over the last three years, losing in the playoffs to the Revs. New England has had their number each of the last three years in the post season in some fashion and are looking to make it four in a row. They will have to do so without a couple big time players like Steve Raltson (injured), Taylor Twellman (injured), Adam Cristman (injuried) and Khano Smith (suspension).
The Fire are in a great spot to move on after getting a 0-0 tie on the road last week in a dud of a game in New England. No goals either way ment they were put into a prime postion to move on at home and actually knock out the Revs this year. This should be the year that it happens too as the Fire will pour on the pressure in this one from the start.
I look for the Revs to go extremely defensive in this one. They know their offense is a little bit done for here and will hope they can catch the Fire napping on a counter attack or even just hold out until penalty kicks if they can keep it tied again. That’s the Revs best bet to win this one if they can do one of those two things.
It just won’t happen though. The Fire want this game badly and will get a great crowd tonight for it up in Chicago. I think the Blanco-McBride connection will be too much for the Revs to overcome here and the Fire will move on thanks to the speed on the wings of guys like Chris Rolfe and Justin Mapp.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 2, New England 0