Toronto FC vs Chicago Fire MLS Point Spread Picks 9/29/2019
Sunday, September 29, 2019
SeatGeek Stadium is the site where Nemanja Nikolic and the Chicago Fire (9-11-12, 8th in the Eastern Conference) will play Toronto FC (12-10-10, 6th in the Eastern Conference) on Sunday. The probable starting goalies are Quentin Westberg for Toronto FC and Kenneth Kronholm for the Chicago Fire. The Fire are priced at -152 while TFC is at +325. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
Toronto FC comes into this game with a mark of 12 wins, 10 draws, and 10 defeats ranking them 6th in the Eastern Conference. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 54 goals which puts them at 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the league. Their goal differential is +4, ranking them 10th in the league. Toronto FC will be looking to get teammates involved in the game as they currently have a total of 37 assists, which puts them at 6th in the league and 3rd in the Eastern Conference. In terms of shots on target, they currently have a total of 160 which puts them at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 8th in the league. As a unit, Toronto has a total of 322 fouls which has them averaging 10.06 fouls per contest. They currently have a total of 46 points for the season and they are averaging an attendance of 25,133.
Jozy Altidore is one of the best players for TFC. The forward from the United States has appeared in 20 games this year and has played 1,557 mins. During that time, the 29-year-old has connected on 10 goals and has had an assist on 5 goals. He is averaging 78 minutes per game. Altidore has started 16 games this year and has racked up 28 fouls in that time. In terms of shots on target, Altidore has totaled 21 which ranks him 43rd in MLS and 9th in the East among forwards. Alejandro Pozuelo is another guy to watch out for on the team from Toronto. The 27-year-old from Spain has a total of 11 goals so far this season which ranks him 2nd in the East among midfielders and 18th among all players in MLS. He has played a total of 2,344 minutes and has an average of 84 minutes per game. During the season thus far, he has a total of 30 shots on target which ranks him 2nd in the East among midfielders.
In net for TFC is Quentin Westberg from the United States. He is 32 years old and has played a total of 2,340 minutes protecting the net this season. Westberg is conceding 1.54 goals per 90 mins which ranks him 17th in the East and 25th among goaltenders in Major League Soccer. Over the course of this season, he has given up 40 goals. He has a save percentage of .633 which ranks him 15th in the East.
The Chicago Fire will be the team across the field and for the year they sit with 9 wins, 11 draws, and 12 losses. When discussing goal differential, they sit 5th in the East and 7th in the league with +5. They have earned a total of 47 goals for the year which has them sitting at 6th in the East. Chicago has a save percentage as a team of .664 which has them sitting 14th in the league, meaning scoring chances could present themselves. They have an average crowd of 11,986 putting them at 12th in the East.
One of the toughest players to defend for the Fire is Nemanja Nikolic. The 31 year-old has guided 12 balls into the goal. He sits at 35th among forwards in the East in assists with 0 and has earned 20 shots on target in 2019. He has played a total of 1,893 mins and is averaging 65 mins per appearance. Another name to know on this squad is C. J. Sapong. The forward from the United States has tallied 12 goals for the season which has him ranking 5th in the East among forwards. He also has committed 43 fouls.
In net for the Fire is Kenneth Kronholm who is having an average campaign by giving up 1.28 goals per 90 minutes and that ranks him 3rd in the East and 4th among goaltenders in MLS. In the 1,620 minutes he's been on the field this year, he has given up 23 goals. He holds a save % of .685 which has him ranking 9th in the East and 17th among goaltenders in MLS.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Toronto (+325)
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