New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union Expert MLS Picks Against the Spread 10/20/2019
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Talen Energy Stadium
Kacper Przybylko and the Philadelphia Union (16-7-11, 3rd in the Eastern Conference) play the New York Red Bulls (14-6-14, 6th in the Eastern Conference) at Talen Energy Stadium on Sunday, October 20, 2019. The probable starting goaltenders are Luis Robles for the New York Red Bulls and Andre Blake for the Philadelphia Union. The line on this contest has the New York Red Bulls coming in at +320 and the Zolos are at -155. The total opens at 3.
The New York Red Bulls come into this matchup with a record of 14 wins, 6 draws, and 14 defeats which puts them at 6th in the Eastern Conference. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 49 goals which is 6th in the Eastern Conference and 14th in MLS. Their goal differential is +2, which puts them at 13th in MLS. The New York Red Bulls will want to make it a priority to get the ball to teammates as they currently have a total of 34 assists, which is 13th in MLS and 7th in the Eastern Conference. Concerning shots on target, they currently have a total of 159 which is 6th in the Eastern Conference and 13th in MLS. As a team, New York has earned a total of 408 fouls which means they have an average of 12 fouls per game. They currently have a total of 48 points for the season and they have an average attendance of 17,751.
Daniel Royer is one of the top players to keep an eye on for the Red Bulls. The midfielder from Austria has appeared in 248 contests in his professional soccer career and has totaled 15,969 minutes. During that time, the 28-year-old has netted 55 goals and has had an assist on 26 goals. For his career he is averaging 64.4 mins per game. Royer has been a starter in 248 contests in his career and has committed 79 fouls during that period. In discussing shots on target, Royer has 172 in his career which puts him at 39th when compared to active players and 7th in the East among midfielders. Kaku is another player to watch out for on the squad from New York. The 24-year-old from Paraguay has racked up 11 goals in his career which has him ranked 51st in the East among midfielders and 199th out of active players in the league. He has totaled 4,352 mins over the course of his career which places him at 79th among active midfielders and has an average of 77.7 minutes per game which is 161st in professional soccer. Over the course of his professional soccer career, he has totaled 36 shots on target which puts him at 54th in the Eastern Conference among active midfielders.
Protecting the goal for the Red Bulls is Luis Robles from the United States. He is 34 years old and has racked up 2,970 minutes minding the net for the 2019 campaign. Robles is allowing an average of 1.52 goals per 90 mins which has him placed 16th in the Eastern Conference and 24th in Major League Soccer among goalies. For the year, he has allowed 50 goals. He has a save percentage of .638 which has him placed 14th in the Eastern Conference.
The Philadelphia Union is the team on the other side of the pitch and for the year they have 16 victories, 7 draws, and 11 defeats. With regard to goal differential, they are sitting 3rd in the conference and 5th in MLS with +8. They currently have a total of 57 goals for 2019 which ranks 2nd in the conference. Philadelphia has a save % as a team of .627 which has them sitting 22nd in MLS, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have an average crowd of 17,111 ranking them 8th in the conference.
One of the toughest players to defend for the Zolos is Kacper Przybylko. The 25 year-old has guided 43 balls past the goalie in the time he's played professional soccer. He sits at 23rd among active forwards in the Eastern Conference in assists with 13 and has totaled 143 shots on target in the time he's played professional soccer. He has played 9,825 mins and averages 62.6 minutes per appearance in the time he's played professional soccer. Another player to watch out for on this squad Marco Fabián. The midfielder from Mexico has connected on 67 goals over the course of his pro soccer career which puts him at 4th in the Eastern Conference among active midfielders. He also has committed 293 fouls.
In net for the Zolos is Andre Blake who is having a bad season by allowing 1.6 goals per 90 minutes and that places him 19th in the Eastern Conference and 35th among goaltenders in Major League Soccer. In the 2,304 mins he has played in 2019, he's allowed 41 goals. He has a save percentage of .594 which has him ranked 17th in the Eastern Conference and 35th among goaltenders in Major League Soccer.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take New York (+320)
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