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Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew: How to watch, TV channel, streaming, kick-off time, odds, player props, head-to-head stats and team news

The Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire, two of the oldest teams in MLS, will battle for early-season Eastern Conference positioning on Saturday.

The Crew are an MLS original, joining the league when it began in 1996, and the Fire joined the following season.

Columbus, the defending MLS Cup champions, has four points through two games while Chicago is winless with one point as its offseason signings continue to acclimate.

How to watch Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew, TV channel and streaming

The Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew game will be broadcast on Apple TV, where it will be free to watch. It is one of a selection of MLS games this season that do not require an MLS Season Pass subscription to watch.

Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew kick-off time, date and venue

The Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew match takes place at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio, and the game will kick off at 7:30 PM ET/6:30 PM CT on Saturday, March 9.

Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew stats and head-to-head record

  • The Columbus Crew have won each of their last two games against the Chicago Fire.
  • Juan 'Cucho' Hernandez has scored both of Columbus' two goals in the team's two games this season.
  • Columbus has held 52 percent of possession on average between its two games; Chicago has held 48 percent of possession in its two games.
  • Early this season, both teams' goalkeepers have been about average: Patrick Schulte of Columbus has saved 0.3 post-shot expected goals chances more than an average 'keeper would, while Chicago's Christopher Brady has saved 0.4 post-shot xG chances below average.
  • Hernandez is second in the league in total shots with 13 and is tied for the league lead with six shots on target.
  • Fire designated player Xherdan Shaqiri - who has one goal from a penalty this season - has created 0.0 non-penalty expected goals in 157 minutes in 2024, and he has not taken a shot in open play.

Columbus Crew

26 wins

Draw

25 ties

Chicago Fire

29 wins

Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew odds

Chicago Fire

+400 ML

Tie

+333 ML

Columbus Crew

-175 ML

Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew player props

Anytime Goalscorer

Juan Hernandez

-120

Christian Ramirez

+160

Diego Rossi

+210

Hugo Cuypers

+275

Maren Haile-Selassie

+500

Chicago Fire team news

Andrew Gutman, out
Bryan Dowd, out
Victor Bezerra, out
Javier Casas Jr., out

Columbus Crew team news

Mohamed Farsi, out

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