Our prediction for this MLS match:
Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over New York Red Bulls, Chicago Fire will look to climb to the playoffs berth when they take on Inter Miami on Thursday morning. Chicago have regained a much-needed confidence, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to secure a top-nine finish. A man to watch in the home team will be Switzerland star Xherdan Shaqiri, who provided an assist for Georgios Koutsias in the triumph over the Metros, while all Mauricio Pineda, Federico Navarro, Victor Bezerra, and Chris Mueller remain in the treatment room.
The Herons, on the other hand, are four points behind the playoffs berth. As both Leo Messi and Jordi Alba remain on the sidelines with injuries, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the home team. In their last meeting in the Major League Soccer Chicago Fire defeated Inter Miami 3-2 and we predict that history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Xherdan Shaqiri):
Another impressive player who emigrated to Switzerland, Xherdan Shaqiri is a midfielder with excellent technical qualities, very strong in taking players on and creating chances for his teammates, while also being a danger from set pieces. The Serbian-born footballer formed an excellent midfielder pairing with Granit Xhaka at FC Basel, before making a high-profile move to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2012.
Shaqiri went on to prove a great deal of potential at Allianz Arena, scoring 11 goals in 52 Bundesliga matches, but he decided to leave in search of first team football, first joining Inter Milan and then moving to Stoke City. It was at Britannia Stadium that the attacking midfielder rediscovered his form and if he continues playing at such a high level, it won’t be long before he returns to the biggest stage.
Even when he was not playing regularly at club level, Shaqiri would always reserve his best performances for the national team, as witnessed by 17 goals in first 50 caps. The midfielder was especially impressive at the 2014 World Cup finals, where he scored no fewer than three goals.
Highlighted Team (Inter Miami):
Inter Miami is an American football (soccer) club that has been competing in the Major League Soccer since 2020. The Herons faced Los Angeles FC on their MLS debut, with the team suffering a 1-0 loss at Venue Banc of California Stadium.
Inter Miami recorded their first MLS win on August 23, 2020, with the team beating Orlando City 3-2 during the coronavirus pandemic. The Herons wear white shirts and violet shorts when playing at home, while black is the dominant colour of their away jersey. Inter Miami welcome their rivals at Inter Miami FC Stadium, the venue which can hold no more than 18,000 spectators.
The stadium was opened on July 18, 2020. Former Manchester United and England ace David Beckham shares the ownership of the club with the likes of Marcelo Claure, Jorge and Jose Mas, and Masayoshi Son. Uruguay tactician Diego Alonso is the first head coach in the history of the club.