By the Numbers: #CHIvNE Pregame

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/capturedimages.biz

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/capturedimages.biz

When the New England Revolution head to Toyota Park to face the Chicago Fire on Saturday afternoon, both clubs will be looking to put an end to some disappointing streaks. While fifth place New England (2-3-1, 7 points) will be looking for just their second positive road result of the season, the ninth place Fire (0-1-5, 5 points) are still in search of their first victory of the year.

Here’s a look at some of the key stats heading into the match:

Home/Road Records:
Chicago home record: 0-0-2 (2 points)
Home goals: 3
Home goals conceded: 3

New England road record: 1-3-0 (3 points)
Road goals: 2
Road goals conceded: 8

Streaks:
The Fire, with five consecutive draws, is technically on a five game unbeaten run, while simultaneously being on a seven game winless run. Chicago last won a game on October 19th, 2013 against Toronto FC. The Fire have won four of their last five home games against New England.

The Revolution has lost three straight road games against Eastern Conference opposition this season and have been shut out in all three of those matches. New England has won three of their last four games overall against the Fire.

Offense:
Chicago leads the Eastern Conference and is fourth overall with nine goals scored so far this season. The Fire ranks eighth with 14 shots per game (16.5 per game at home), and ninth with 4.7 shots on target per game (5 at home).

New England ranks last in the Eastern Conference and last overall with four goals scored. The Revolution ranks 10th with 12.5 shots per game (11.3 on the road) and last with 3.3 shots on target per game (2.8 on the road).

Defense:
Chicago ranks seventh in the East and 16th overall with 10 goals conceded. The Fire is seventh with 12.5 shots conceded per game (8.5 at home).

New England ranks fifth in the East and 10th overall with eight goals conceded. The Revolution is eighth with 12.7 shots conceded per game (14.8 on the road).

Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth ranks 17th in MLS with a 62% save percentage, while Fire ‘keeper Sean Johnson is 18th at 61%.

Possession:
Both New England and Chicago have struggled to control possession this season and sit in the bottom half of the league in that category. New England ranks 12th with an average of 48.5% possession, while Chicago ranks 17th with a 47.4% average.

Fouls:
Chicago is 10th overall with 14 fouls committed per game and eighth with 13.8 fouls suffered per game.

New England is 14th overall with 12 fouls committed per game and 15th with 10.8 fouls suffered per game.

Coaches:               
Fire head coach Frank Yallop has had success against the Revolution with a 14-10-4 (46 points, 38 goals for, 26 goals against) career record as a head coach.

Revolution head coach Jay Heaps has done well against the Fire with a 4-2-0 (12 points, 9 goals for, 5 goals against) career record as a head coach.

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About Sean Donahue

Sean Donahue has been covering the New England Revolution since 2002 for various publications. He has covered four MLS Cups, in addition to covering various international matches, including World Cup Qualifying and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He has done freelance work for the AP and ESPN Boston. Sean hosted Revolution Recap, a weekly radio program covering the New England Revolution and U.S. Men's National Team from 2005-2008. He is a member of the North American Soccer Reporters. Sean can be reached at nesoccertoday@gmail.com or followed on twitter @SeanLDonahue