Chicago Fire vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 7/23/2020
Game: Chicago Fire vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020
Location: ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (-161) Vancouver (+350)
ESPN Sports Complex is the site where Cristian Dajome and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1-0-3, 10th in the Western Conference) will take on the Chicago Fire (1-1-2, 10th in the Eastern Conference) on Thursday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start will be Kenneth Kronholm for the Chicago Fire and Maxime Crepeau for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Fire are priced at -161 while the Whitecaps are at +350. The total opens at 2.75.
The Fire have tallied 4 goals this season, which is 17th in the league. They have tried 43 shots at their opponents with 17 of them being on target, which calculates to a 39.5% SOT percentage. Chicago has controlled possession of the ball for 44.5% of the match while they dribble successfully 76.7% of the time (1st in MLS). Their players have been on the receiving end of 1,090 passes from teammates on 1,283 targets so far this year, making their receiving percentage 85.0%.
Robert Beric is a guy who should be able to impact this game for the Fire. Beric has started 124 matchups during his pro soccer career and he has earned 0.55 goals per 90 mins. The forward who is from Slovenia has tallied 68 goals scored (20th among active MLS players) in 11,028 mins. He has accounted for 14 assists while tallying 17 yellow card cautions during his MLS career. Someone else who should impact this game is Przemyslaw Frankowski, the midfielder who hails from Poland. He has helped a teammate on a goal 20 times in his pro soccer career while he has scored 31 total goals. Frankowski has totaled 14,562 minutes during 165 starting assignments and has earned himself 19 yellow card cautions. He currently averages 0.19 goals per 90 minutes during his pro soccer career (134th among active MLS players).
The guy defending the goal for Chicago will be Kenneth Kronholm. Kronholm has been on the pitch for a total of 17,730 minutes and has accumulated 659 saves so far in his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.15 (227 total goals surrendered) and he is the owner of a save percentage of .751. The goalkeeper from Germany has seen 877 shots sent in his direction in 197 career starts. Kronholm (77-67-53 record during his career) has totaled 63 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 32.0% shutout percentage.
The Whitecaps have successfully dribbled 56.6% of the time for the season while collecting 4 goals. They have earned a receiving percentage of 86.2% and they maintain possession of the ball 44.5% of the time. Vancouver has accumulated 1,113 targets so far this season (22nd in MLS) and they have 959 completed passes. They have been able to connect on 32.4% of their shots on 37 total shot attempts.
Cristian Dajome should provide a lift for Vancouver. The midfielder who was born in Colombia has 9,453 minutes while scoring 23 goals (96th among active MLS players). He has earned 17 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 7 times. He is averaging 0.22 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 113 contests so far in his career. You should also keep an eye on Yordy Reyna, the forward who is from Peru. He has earned 33 goals during his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 19 different times. Reyna has been given 27 yellow cards in 8,476 mins played (93 career starts). His goals per 90 minute average during his MLS career is 0.35 (65th among active MLS players).
Maxime Crepeau will look after the goal for the Whitecaps. Thus far in his career, Crépeau has surrendered 145 goals while tallying 326 saves in 94 starts. He has conceded 1.55 goals per 90 minutes and he has a mark of 25-17-51. He has earned a save percentage of .707 and his clean sheet rate sits at 25.5%. Crépeau has accumulated 24 clean sheets while he has defended 461 shots tried against him in 8,427 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Vancouver (+350)
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