Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew Prediction, 9/12/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+100) Columbus (+220)
Robert Beric and the Columbus Crew (7-2-1, 1st in the Eastern Conference) travel to Soldier Field on Saturday where they'll meet the Chicago Fire (2-2-6, 13th in the Eastern Conference). The goalkeepers protecting the net are Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire and Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew. The Crew are priced at +220 while the Fire are at +100. The total opens at 3.5.
The Fire have earned 9 goals this year, which has them 19th in the league. They have tried 136 shots at the goal with 42 on target, which is a 30.9% SOT percentage. Chicago controls possession for 49.2% of contests while dribbling successfully 65.2% of the time (4th in the league). Their players have caught 3,790 passes from teammates on 4,364 tries so far this season, making their receiving percentage 86.8%.
Robert Beric is a guy who should be able to impact this match for the Fire. Beric has been in the starting lineup in 129 matchups in his pro soccer career and accounts for 0.53 G/90. The forward who is from Slovenia has tallied 68 goals scored (20th among active MLS players) in 11,482 mins played. He has accounted for 14 assists while earning 17 yellow card cautions thus far in his career. One more guy who could decide who wins is Przemyslaw Frankowski, the midfielder who is from Poland. He has helped a teammate on a goal 20 times thus far in his career while scoring 31 goals. Frankowski has been on the field for 15,060 minutes in 171 starts and has been handed a total of 20 yellow cards. He has an average of 0.19 goals per 90 mins during his career (137th among active players).
The man who will defend the goal for Chicago is Bobby Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth has defended the goal for a total of 17,840 minutes and has earned 604 stops during his pro soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.57 (311 total goals given up) and he is the owner of a save percentage of .663. The keeper from the United States has had 911 shots attempted against him in 197 career starts. Shuttleworth (71-40-88 mark in his MLS career) has accumulated 46 shutouts, which leaves him with a 23.4% shutout rate.
Columbus has tallied 5,066 pass targets so far this year (3rd in MLS) with 4,453 successful received passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 87.9% and they control possession of the ball 54.2% of the time. The Crew have had success dribbling 76.5% of the time so far this season while totaling 16 goals. They have connected on 40% of their SOT out of 105 total shots.
Gyasi Zardes will be someone to watch for Columbus. The forward from the United States has been on the pitch for 16,887 professional minutes while scoring 74 goals (18th among active MLS players). He has totaled 12 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 19 times. He averages 0.39 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 109 contests in his career. You should also keep an eye on Fanendo Adi, the forward from Nigeria. Adi has been given 18 yellow card warnings in 12,062 mins played (134 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average in his MLS career is 0.47 (29th among active MLS players). He has collected 63 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 10 times.
Eloy Room will be residing in front of the goal for the Crew. Room has earned 42 shutouts while seeing 888 shots against him in 16,601 career mins. He holds a save % of .721 and his clean sheet rate is 23.1%. He has surrendered 1.37 goals per 90 minutes and he has a mark of 73-48-63. So far in his pro soccer career, Room has allowed 252 goals while he has tallied 640 saves in 182 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (+100)
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