FC Dallas vs Chicago Fire Expert MLS Picks Against the Spread 9/14/2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Dominique Badji and FC Dallas (12-7-10, 7th in the Western Conference) head to SeatGeek Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Chicago Fire (8-10-12, 10th in the Eastern Conference). The expected starting goalkeepers are Jesse Gonzalez for FC Dallas and Kenneth Kronholm for the Chicago Fire. The Fire are priced at -111 while FCD is at +303. The over/under has been set at 3.
FC Dallas steps onto the field with a record of 12 wins, 7 draws, and 10 losses which is good for 7th in the Western Conference. So far this season, they have scored a total of 44 goals which has them sitting at 5th in the West and 9th in the league. Their goal differential is +9, which is good for 5th in the league. FC Dallas will look to make sure they are sharing the ball because they have earned a total of 29 assists which has them sitting at 13th in the league and 7th in the West. In the matter of shots on target, they have earned a total of 144 which has them sitting at 4th in the West and 7th in the league. As a unit, Dallas has obtained a total of 372 fouls which means they are averaging 12.83 fouls per game. They have earned a total of 43 points for the 2019 season and they have an average crowd of 14,802.
Dominique Badji is one of the players to watch for FCD. The forward from Senegal has appeared in 24 contests so far in 2019 and has played a total of 1,746 mins. In that time, the 26-year-old has tallied 6 goals and has had an assist on 3 goals. He holds an average of 73 minutes per game. Badji has started 20 contests so far in 2019 and has racked up 29 fouls in that time. As to shots on target, Badji has earned 17 which has him sitting in 55th in MLS and 20th in the Western Conference among forwards. Jesus Ferreira is another player to keep an eye on for the squad from Dallas. The 18-year-old from Colombia has scored 7 goals so far this season which places him at 15th in the Western Conference among forwards and 39th among all qualified players in Major League Soccer. He has played 2,092 minutes and is averaging 75 mins per appearance. Up to now for the season, he has totaled 17 shots on target which places him at 18th in the Western Conference among forwards.
The goalie for FCD is Jesse Gonzalez from Mexico. He is 23 years old and has played 2,430 minutes defending the net for the season. Gonzalez is surrendering 1.26 goals per 90 minutes which has him ranked 5th among Western Conference goalies and 10th in Major League Soccer among goalies. Over the course of this season, he has allowed 34 goals. His save percentage is .660 which has him ranked 14th among Western Conference goalies.
The Chicago Fire is the team standing on the sideline and for the current year they sit with 8 victories, 10 draws, and 12 defeats. With reference to goal differential, they are ranked 7th in the conference and 13th in the league with +1. They currently have a total of 43 goals for the 2019 season which puts them at 6th in the conference. Chicago has a save % as a team of .645 which currently has them ranked 18th in the league, meaning there should be some opportunities to score. They are averaging an attendance of 11,926 which puts them at 12th in the conference.
One of the players to keep an eye on for the Fire is Nemanja Nikolic. The 31 year-old has delivered 11 balls past the goalie. He is placed at 34th among forwards in the Eastern Conference in assists with 0 and has totaled 19 shots on target for the year. He has played a total of 1,713 minutes and is averaging 63 mins per game. Another good player on this team is C. J. Sapong. The forward from the United States has netted 10 goals this season which has him ranked 6th in the Eastern Conference among forwards. He also has a total of 39 fouls.
In goal for the Fire is Kenneth Kronholm who is having a rough season by giving up 1.44 goals per 90 minutes and that has him 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th among goalies in Major League Soccer. In the 1,440 minutes he has played in 2019, he has given up 23 goals. He holds a save % of .652 which has him ranking 11th in the Eastern Conference and 26th among goalies in Major League Soccer.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Dallas (+303)
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