Chicago Fire vs New York City FC Prediction, 11/8/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Fire vs New York City FC
Date: Sunday, November 8, 2020
Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+131) New York City (+191)
Robert Beric and the Chicago Fire (5-8-9, 10th in the Eastern Conference) host New York City FC (11-3-8, 5th in the Eastern Conference) at Soldier Field on Sunday. The expected starting goaltenders will be Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. NYCFC is priced at +191 while the Fire are at +131. The total has been set at 3.
The Fire have earned 30 goals this year, which is 12th in the league. They have attempted 292 shots with 99 of them being on target, which comes out to a 33.9% SOT percentage. Chicago has been able to control possession for 51.2% of contests while they successfully dribble 61.6% of the time (5th in MLS). They have caught 8,226 passes from teammates on 9,452 tries on the campaign, which has earned them a receiving percentage of 87.0%.
Robert Beric is a guy who should impact this matchup for Chicago. He has accounted for 15 assists while accumulating 18 yellow cards in his career. Beric has started 141 games in his pro soccer career and tallies 0.55 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who is from Slovenia has recorded 77 goals scored in 12,505 mins played. Another guy who should impact this match is Fabian Herbers, the forward who hails from Germany. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 13 times in his career while he has scored 19 total goals. Herbers has totaled 5,912 minutes during 69 career starting assignments and has been given a total of 20 yellow card cautions. He is averaging 0.29 G/90 during his career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Chicago Fire will be Bobby Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth (74-46-91 mark in his MLS career) has earned 48 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 23.0% clean sheet rate. The goalie from the United States has seen 969 shots sent his way in 209 career starting assignments. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.57 (330 total goals allowed) and his save percentage is .675. Shuttleworth has played for 18,920 minutes and is sitting with 644 stops in his MLS career.
NYCFC have had success dribbling 56.3% of the time for the season while tallying 32 goals. They have earned a receiving percentage of 86.9% and they have controlled possession of the ball 56.2% of the time. New York City has accumulated 11,006 targets so far this season (3rd in the league) with 9,567 successful received passes. They have completed 38% of their shots on target out of 337 shots.
Alexander Ring should be able to be counted on for New York City FC. The midfielder from Finland has been on the pitch for 17,963 professional minutes while scoring 21 goals. He has earned 59 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 17 times. He sports an average of 0.11 goals per 90 mins and has started 202 games thus far in his career. You should also watch out for Jesus Medina, the forward who is from Paraguay. He has accumulated 30 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 7 times. Medina has earned himself 12 yellow card cautions in 9,212 mins (106 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average during his MLS career is 0.29.
Sean Johnson will look after the goal for NYCFC. Johnson has earned 67 shutouts while defending 1,275 shots attempted against him in 26,166 mins throughout his career. He has a save percentage of .709 and his clean sheet rate is 23.0%. He has surrendered 1.33 goals per 90 and he has a record of 113-84-94. During his career, Johnson has conceded 387 goals while he has earned 902 saves in 291 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (+131)
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