Nashville SC vs Atlanta United FC Prediction, 9/12/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville SC vs Atlanta United FC
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Location: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN
TV: Fox Sports South
Odds/Point Spread: Nashville (+144) Atlanta (+191)
Adam Jahn and Nashville SC (2-3-4, 12th in the Western Conference) host Atlanta United (3-2-5, 8th in the Eastern Conference) at Nissan Stadium on Saturday. The goaltenders who are expected to start will be Joe Willis for Nashville SC and Brad Guzan for Atlanta United. The 5 Stripes are priced at +191 while Nashville SC are at +144. The over/under has been set at 2.5.
Nashville has been able to maintain possession for 43.2% of games while they successfully dribble 60.4% of the time (10th in the league). They have tried 117 shots at the goal with 37 on target, which comes out to a 31.6% SOT percentage. Nashville SC as a team have scored 5 goals on the year, which ranks them 26th in the league. They have been on the receiving end of 3,087 passes from teammates on 3,577 targets this year, which gives them a receiving percentage of 86.3%.
David Accam is a player who can be a difference maker for NSC. He has totaled 20 assists while accumulating 25 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career. Accam has had a starting assignment in 149 outings during his MLS career while he scores 0.48 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who hails from Ghana has 71 goals scored (19th among active MLS players) in 13,228 mins played. Someone else who should impact this game is Hany Mukhtar, the midfielder who hails from Germany. Mukhtar has been on the field for 10,254 mins in 113 career starts and has earned himself a total of 18 yellow card cautions. He has helped on a goal 27 times in his pro soccer career while he has scored 25 goals. He currently averages 0.22 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career (118th among active players).
The man who will defend the goal for Nashville is Joe Willis. Willis (46-36-57 record in his career) has accounted for 29 shutouts, which has earned him a 21.2% shutout rate. The goalie from the United States has had 624 shots tried at him in 137 starts. His GA/90 is 1.50 (209 total goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of .688. Willis has seen the field for 12,519 mins and has accumulated 429 saves during his pro soccer career.
The 5 Stripes have been able to dribble successfully 59.6% of the time for the year while earning 9 goals. They have earned a receiving percentage of 89.5% while they control possession of the ball 58.3% of the time. Atlanta has tallied 4,678 pass targets on the campaign (7th in MLS) with 4,188 completed passes. They have completed 41.5% of their shots on target on 94 total shots.
Adam Jahn will need to provide a spark for Atlanta. The forward who hails from the United States has been on the field for 8,980 professional minutes while scoring 41 goals (49th among active MLS players). He has accumulated 17 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 9 times. He sports an average of 0.41 G/90 and has been a starter in 185 outings so far in his career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Ezequiel Barco, the forward who hails from Argentina. He has scored 15 goals in his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 11 different times. Barco has been handed 9 yellow card cautions in 5,697 mins played (60 career starting assignments). His G/90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.24 (109th among active MLS players).
Brad Guzan will reside in front of the net for the 5 Stripes. Thus far in his career, Guzan has conceded 486 goals while totaling 1,084 stops in 336 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.44 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 113-79-145. He has a save % of .695 and his clean sheet rate sits at 26.5%. Guzan has earned 89 clean sheets while he has defended 1,560 shots against him in 30,328 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Atlanta (+191)
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