New England Revolution vs Philadelphia Union Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/20/2020
Game: New England Revolution vs Philadelphia Union
Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Location: Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: New England (+110) Philadelphia (+225)
Gillette Stadium is the venue where Alejandro Bedoya and the Philadelphia Union (2-2-1, 4th in the Eastern Conference) will play the New England Revolution (1-3-1, 9th in the Eastern Conference) on Thursday. The starting goalies are Matt Turner for the Revolution and Andre Blake for the Union. The moneyline on this contest has the Revolution priced at +110 and the Zolos are at +225. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
New England has controlled possession of the ball for 44.4% of the game while they have success at dribbling 63.6% of the time (8th in the league). They have attempted 78 shots with 21 of them being on target, which calculates to a 26.9% SOT percentage. The Revolution as a team have scored 4 goals this year, which is 20th in MLS. They have caught 1,608 passes from teammates on 1,913 targets this season, which makes their receiving percentage 84.1%.
Diego Fagundez is a guy who should be able to impact this match for the Revolution. Fagundez has been a starter in 180 matches so far in his MLS career and scores 0.29 goals per 90. The midfielder who is from Uruguay has tallied 52 goals scored (36th among active players) in 16,187 professional minutes played. He has totaled 37 assists while earning 25 yellow card warnings thus far in his career. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Gustavo Bou, the midfielder who is from Argentina. He has helped on a goal 22 times during his MLS career while he has scored 61 goals. Bou has earned 10,890 minutes during 121 starting assignments and has been given 17 yellow card warnings. He scores 0.50 goals per 90 so far in his pro soccer career (20th among active players).
The man who is expected to protect the net for New England is Matt Turner. Turner has been on the pitch for 6,985 mins and has 262 stops in his career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.28 (99 goals allowed) and he holds a save percentage of .738. The keeper from the United States has faced 355 shots sent in his direction in 78 starting assignments. Turner (24-28-26 mark in his career) has totaled 19 shutouts, which has earned him a 24.4% shutout rate.
Philadelphia has 1,816 targets this season (23rd in the league) with 1,474 completed passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 81.2% while they control possession of the ball 43.8% of the time. The Zolos have had success dribbling 62.9% of the time on the campaign while scoring 7 goals. They have connected on 35.8% of their SOT on 53 shots.
Alejandro Bedoya will be someone to watch for Philadelphia. He currently averages 0.15 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 125 contests during his career. The midfielder who represents the United States has earned 22,731 minutes while he has scored 37 goals (56th among active players). He has totaled 58 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 32 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Kacper Przybylko, the forward from Poland. Przybylko has earned himself a total of 9 yellow cards in 9,166 professional minutes played (97 starts). His G/90 average during his career is 0.38 (51st among active MLS players). He has scored 39 goals during his career while assisting on a goal 12 times.
Andre Blake is expected to look after the goal for the Zolos. Blake has racked up 32 shutouts while defending 599 shots attempted against him in 11,574 career minutes. He has earned a save % of .699 and his clean sheet rate is 24.8%. He has allowed 1.50 goals per 90 mins while holding a record of 48-29-52. So far in his pro soccer career, Blake has allowed 193 goals while tallying 419 saves in 129 starts.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New England (+110)
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