Our prediction for this MLS match:
Following a 3-1 loss to Orlando City, Chicago Fire will be aiming to give fans some cheer when they take on Nashville on Sunday. Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri scored a consolation goal in the last league match and he will surely pose a big threat for the Nashville back-line. Defender Arnaud Souquet serves a one-game ban, while both Javier Casas and Chris Mueller are out of contention through injuries.
The visitors, meanwhile, aim to build on a 2-0 win over DC United. Nashville are more of a team than Chicago Fire and even though both Anibal Godoy and Jacob Shaffelburg are on international duty, we predict that Gary Smith’s men are going to pick up all three points from the match. In their last encounter in the Major League Soccer Nashville rolled over Chicago Fire 3-0. As always, a man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Hany Mukhtar, who has already netted 13 goals in the process.
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 (Nashville):
Nashville is one of the newer additions to the Major League Soccer, with the team being founded on December 20, 2017. The Yellows made their MLS debut on February 29, 2020, with the team taking on Atlanta United at their Nissan Stadium.
The match was played in front of 59,069 spectators, with Nashville suffering a 2-1 defeat. Nissan Stadium was opened on August 27, 1999, and it can hold up to 69,143 people. Nashville recorded their first MLS triumph on August 13, 2020, with the team beating Dallas on the road. The match was played behind closed doors due to the fierce of coronavirus spread.
Ghana international David Accam scored the only goal of the match. The club’s primary colours are electric gold and acoustic blue, with the club’s crest being a gold octagon with monogram “N”. Nashville footballers wear yellow shirts and yellow shorts when playing at home, while blue is the dominant colour of their away jersey.