Chicago Fire vs Sporting KC Prediction, 10/17/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Fire vs Sporting KC
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+139) Kansas City (+191)
Soldier Field is the site where Khiry Shelton and Sporting KC (9-2-6, 3rd in the Western Conference) will play the Chicago Fire (5-4-8, 11th in the Eastern Conference) on Saturday. The goaltenders protecting the net will be Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. The Fire are priced at +139 while Sporting Kansas City is at +191. The total is set at 3.
The Fire as a team have earned 22 goals this year, which is 15th in the league. They have attempted 226 shots at the goal with 71 being on target, which is a 31.4% shots on target percentage. Chicago has controlled possession of the ball for 50.2% of contests while they have success at dribbling 63.3% of the time (4th in the league). Their players have caught 6,607 passes from teammates on 7,552 targets on the season, which makes their receiving percentage 87.5%.
Fabian Herbers is a player who should be able to impact this game for Chicago. He has accounted for 13 assists while tallying 20 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career. Herbers has had a starting assignment in 66 matches in his pro soccer career and he tallies 0.30 goals per 90 minutes. The forward from Germany has racked up 19 goals scored in 5,671 minutes played. One more guy who could decide who wins is Robert Beric, the forward who is from Slovenia. Beric has totaled 12,055 mins in 136 starts and has earned himself a total of 17 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 15 times thus far in his career while scoring 73 goals. He currently averages 0.55 goals per 90 mins during his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Chicago is Bobby Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth has played for 18,470 minutes and is sitting with 629 stops in his MLS career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.56 (321 goals allowed) and he has earned a save % of .675. The keeper from the United States has faced 946 shots tried against him in 204 career starts. Shuttleworth (74-42-90 mark in his career) has recorded 48 shutouts, which gives him a 23.5% shutout percentage.
Kansas City has tallied 7,577 targets so far this season (15th in the league) and they have 6,751 successful received passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 89.1% while they maintain possession of the ball 50.8% of the time. Sporting KC have been able to dribble successfully 60.6% of the time this year while totaling 28 goals. They have been able to connect on 28.5% of their SOT on 249 shots.
Khiry Shelton should be able to be counted on for Kansas City. The forward who is from the United States has 5,356 professional minutes and he has scored 12 goals. He has totaled 5 yellow cards during his professional soccer career and has helped on a goal 12 times. He is averaging 0.20 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 55 matches so far in his career. Make sure to watch out for Johnny Russell, the forward from Scotland. He has totaled 90 goals during his career while helping on a goal 49 times. Russell has been handed 26 yellow cards in 25,782 professional minutes played (290 career starts). His goals per 90 minute average during his pro soccer career is 0.31.
Tim Melia will reside in front of the goal for Sporting KC. So far in his MLS career, Melia has conceded 237 goals while he has racked up 583 stops in 186 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.28 goals per 90 while holding a mark of 75-47-65. He holds a save percentage of .721 and his shutout rate sits at 30.1%. Melia has accumulated 56 clean sheets while he has defended 811 shots tried against him in 16,703 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (+139)
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