Nashville SC vs Chicago Fire Prediction, 10/31/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville SC vs Chicago Fire
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020
Location: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Nashville (+155) Chicago (+175)
Robert Beric and the Chicago Fire (5-6-9, 11th in the Eastern Conference) head to Nissan Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet Nashville SC (7-7-6, 8th in the Eastern Conference). The starting goaltenders will be Joe Willis for Nashville SC and Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire. The moneyline on this contest has Nashville SC coming in at +155 and the Fire are at +175. The over/under opens at 2.5.
Nashville SC as a team have totaled 20 goals this year, which is currently 24th in the league. They have attempted 239 shots at their opponents goal with 81 of them being on target, which means they have a 33.9% shots on target percentage. Nashville controls possession for 44.2% of the time while they dribble successfully 60% of the time (10th in the league). They have received 7,160 passes on 8,239 attempts for the year, giving them a receiving percentage of 86.9%.
Daniel Rios is a player who should be able to impact this game for Nashville. Rios has started 60 contests in his pro soccer career and he scores 0.74 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who was born in Mexico has totaled 43 goals scored in 5,229 minutes. He has 5 assists while tallying 8 yellow cards during his pro soccer career. Another guy who should impact this match is Dax McCarty, the midfielder who represents the United States. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 45 times during his career while scoring 21 total goals. McCarty has totaled 30,790 mins in 348 starting assignments and has earned himself 45 yellow cards. He is averaging 0.06 goals per 90 minutes in his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Nashville will be Joe Willis. Willis has defended the goal for a total of 13,509 mins and has tallied 461 stops during his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.45 (218 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of .699. The goalkeeper from the United States has faced 665 shots tried at him in 148 career starts. Willis (51-40-59 record in his career) has earned 34 shutouts, which gives him a 23.0% shutout rate.
Chicago has totaled 8,506 targets so far this season (16th in the league) to go along with 7,371 completed passes. They have a receiving percentage of 86.7% while they maintain possession of the ball 50.6% of the time. The Fire have dribbled successfully 63.3% of the time for the campaign while tallying 27 goals. They have been able to connect on 32.4% of their shots on target out of 262 total shots.
Robert Beric will need to provide a lift for Chicago. He sports an average of 0.55 goals per 90 minutes and has started 139 games during his pro soccer career. The forward who hails from Slovenia has totaled 12,325 minutes while scoring 76 goals. He has accounted for 18 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 15 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Fabian Herbers, the forward who is from Germany. He has earned 19 goals thus far in his career while helping on a goal 13 different times. Herbers has been handed 20 yellow card cautions in 5,828 professional minutes played (68 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average during his pro soccer career is 0.29.
Bobby Shuttleworth is expected to look after the net for the Fire. Shuttleworth has tallied 48 shutouts while he has seen 960 shots tried against him in 18,740 mins in his career. He holds a save % of .675 and his clean sheet rate is currently 23.2%. He has allowed 1.57 goals per 90 while earning a record of 74-44-91. So far in his pro soccer career, Shuttleworth has allowed 327 goals while he has totaled 638 saves in 207 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago (+175)
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