Nashville SC vs Orlando City SC Prediction, 9/2/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville SC vs Orlando City SC
Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Location: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Nashville (+175) Orlando (+137)
Junior Urso and Nashville SC (1-1-4, 13th in the Western Conference) host Orlando City (4-2-2, 4th in the Eastern Conference) at Nissan Stadium on Wednesday. The goaltenders who are expected to start are Joe Willis for Nashville SC and Pedro Gallese for Orlando City. Nashville is priced at +175 while the Lions are at +137. The total opens at 2.75.
Nashville has controlled possession for 42% of contests while successfully dribbling 56.4% of the time (20th in MLS). They have attempted 89 shots at the opposition with 27 being on target, which comes out to a 30.3% SOT percentage. Nashville SC have earned 3 goals for the campaign, which is currently 26th in MLS. Their players have caught 2,054 passes from teammates on 2,410 tries for the campaign, making their receiving percentage 85.2%.
Hany Mukhtar is a guy who can be a difference maker for NSC. Mukhtar has started 111 matchups during his pro soccer career and accounts for 0.22 G/90. The midfielder who hails from Germany has recorded 25 goals (93rd among active MLS players) in 10,031 minutes played. He has accounted for 26 assists while earning 18 yellow card warnings during his MLS career. Another guy who could decide the outcome is David Accam, the forward from Ghana. Accam has played 13,209 mins in 149 starting assignments and has earned himself 25 yellow card warnings. He has helped on a goal 20 times thus far in his career while he has scored 71 total goals. He averages 0.48 goals per 90 mins so far in his MLS career (24th among active MLS players).
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Nashville is Joe Willis. Willis (45-34-57 record during his career) has earned 27 clean sheets, which gives him a 20.1% clean sheet percentage. The goalie from the United States has faced 611 shots tried at him in 134 starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.53 (208 total goals conceded) and he holds a save percentage of .682. Willis has seen the field for a total of 12,249 minutes and has accumulated 417 saves thus far in his career.
The Lions have dribbled successfully 64.8% of the time this year while accumulating 15 goals. They hold a receiving percentage of 87.4% and they have controlled possession of the ball 52.6% of the time. Orlando has totaled 3,441 targets this year (7th in MLS) to go along with 3,009 completed passes. They have been able to hit on 40.4% of their shots on target out of 94 shots.
Junior Urso should provide a lift for Orlando. The midfielder who was born in Brazil has totaled 10,492 professional minutes while scoring 23 goals (102nd among active players). He has 18 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 5 times. He currently averages 0.20 goals per 90 mins and has started 154 matches during his MLS career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Tesho Akindele, the forward who was born in Canada. He has accumulated 35 goals so far in his career while assisting on a goal 9 different times. Akindele has been given a total of 10 yellow cards in 9,075 minutes (92 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average during his pro soccer career is 0.35 (66th among active MLS players).
Pedro Gallese will be looking after the goal for the Lions. Gallese has accumulated 26 shutouts while he has seen 186 shots attempted against him in 11,181 minutes throughout his career. He has a save % of .634 and his shutout rate sits at 20.6%. He has surrendered 1.05 goals per 90 minutes while holding a mark of 41-32-51. During his MLS career, Gallese has conceded 131 goals while totaling 118 stops in 126 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Orlando (+137)
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