Chicago Fire vs Seattle Sounders FC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 7/14/2020
Game: Chicago Fire vs Seattle Sounders FC
Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Location: ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+195) Seattle (+135)
Micheal Azira and the Chicago Fire (0-1-1, 7th in the Eastern Conference) go to ESPN Sports Complex on Tuesday where they'll meet the Seattle Sounders FC (1-1-0, 6th in the Western Conference). The goaltenders who are expected to start will be Kenneth Kronholm for the Chicago Fire and Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC. The Fire are priced at +195 while the Sounders are at +135. The O/U opens at 2.5.
Thus far in the season, Chicago has earned a total of 2 goals which puts them at 11th in the East and 19th in the league. Their goal differential is -1, which puts them at 15th in the league. The Chicago Fire have a total of 2 assists, which puts them at 12th in the league and 8th in the East. In terms of shots on target, they have a total of 9 which puts them at 12th in the East and 20th in the league. As a team, Chicago currently has a total of 28 fouls which means they are averaging 14 fouls per contest. They have a total of 1 point for 2020.
Micheal Azira is one of the top players to keep an eye on for the Impact. The midfielder from Uganda has participated in 165 contests in the time he's played professional soccer and has played 12,348 mins. During that period of time, the 31-year-old has connected on 6 goals and has had an assist on 5 goals. He has a career average of 74.8 minutes per appearance. Azira has started 165 contests in his professional soccer career and has committed 222 fouls over the course of that time. With regard to shots on target, Azira has totaled 29 in his career which has him sitting in 231st among active players and 56th in the East among midfielders. Brandt Bronico is another guy to watch out for on the team from Chicago. The 23-year-old from the United States has racked up 2 goals over the course of his pro soccer career which has him sitting in 89th in the East among midfielders and 387th among all players still active in MLS. He has totaled 4,017 minutes in the time he has played pro soccer which has him ranking 82nd among active midfielders and has an average of 62.8 minutes per game which ranks him 355th in professional soccer. Over the course of his pro soccer career, he has connected on 8 shots on target which is 95th in the East among active midfielders.
Protecting the net for the Fire is Kenneth Kronholm from the United States. He is 33 years old and has played a total of 17,370 mins in goal over the course of his career. Kronholm has conceded an average of 1.15 goals per 90 minutes which has him ranked 4th in the East and 5th out of all active goalies. During his time playing professional soccer, he's surrendered 221 goals. His career save percentage is .748 which has him ranked 2nd out of all active professional goalies in the East.
The Seattle Sounders FC will be on the other side of the pitch. In discussing goal differential, they rank 6th in the conference and 11th in the league with +1. They currently have a total of 3 goals for 2019 which has them sitting at 7th in the conference. Seattle has a save % as a team of .857 which has them sitting 3rd in the league, which tells us scoring opportunities may be scarce.
One of the players to keep an eye on for the Sounders is Jordan Morris. The 24 year-old has drilled 25 balls into the back of the net over the course of his pro soccer career. He is ranked 33rd among active forwards in the West in assists with 11 and has totaled 70 shots on target over the course of his pro soccer career. He has totaled 6,689 minutes and averages 80.6 minutes per game over the course of his pro soccer career. Another solid player on this squad is Cristian Roldan. The midfielder from the United States has tallied 21 goals in his career which has him ranking 24th in the West among active midfielders. He also has committed 139 fouls.
For the Sounders to leave with a victory, Frei will look to be good in goal. In goal for the Sounders is Stefan Frei who has had a bad career by giving up 1.32 goals per 90 mins and that has him ranked 10th in the Western Conference among active goalkeepers and 19th in professional soccer. In the 25,086 minutes he's been on the field as a goaltender in his career, he's surrendered 368 goals. He has a career save % of .719 which places him at 6th in the Western Conference and 10th among active goalkeepers in professional soccer.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (+195)
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