New York City FC vs Toronto FC Prediction, 9/23/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York City FC vs Toronto FC
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Location: Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: New York City (+137) Toronto (+206)
Alejandro Pozuelo and New York City FC (5-2-5, 5th in the Eastern Conference) host Toronto FC (6-4-2, 4th in the Eastern Conference) at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday. The starting goalkeepers are Sean Johnson for New York City FC and Quentin Westberg for Toronto FC. The moneyline on this matchup has New York City FC coming in at +137 and TFC is at +206. The total has been set at 2.75.
NYCFC as a team have accumulated 9 goals this season, which ranks 24th in the league. They have attempted 163 shots at their opponents goal with 51 of them being on target, which calculates to a 31.3% SOT percentage. New York City has controlled possession for 54.4% of games while successfully dribbling 55.4% of the time (21st in the league). They have received 5,028 passes from teammates on 5,844 tries for the year, which gives them a receiving percentage of 86.0%.
Alexander Ring is a guy who should impact this matchup for NYCFC. Ring has been in the starting lineup in 192 games during his MLS career and tallies 0.11 G/90. The midfielder who is from Finland has recorded 20 goals (119th among active MLS players) in 17,115 minutes. He has 13 assists while earning 57 yellow cards so far in his MLS career. One more guy who could decide who wins is Jesus Medina, the midfielder who hails from Paraguay. Medina has totaled 8,502 mins during 98 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 10 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 5 times during his MLS career and he has scored 27 goals. He is averaging 0.29 G/90 in his pro soccer career (90th among active players).
The man who will protect the net for New York City is Sean Johnson. Johnson (107-83-91 record during his career) has recorded 65 shutouts, which leaves him with a 23.1% shutout rate. The goalie from the United States has faced 1,239 shots tried against him in 281 starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.33 (374 total goals given up) and he has earned a save % of .707. Johnson has defended the goal for 25,266 minutes and has tallied 876 stops thus far in his career.
TFC have had success dribbling 60.9% of the time for the season while totaling 20 goals. They have a receiving percentage of 89.8% and they have controlled possession of the ball 57.3% of the time. Toronto has 6,911 targets for the year (1st in the league) and they have 6,209 successful received passes. The have hit on 42.2% of their shots on 180 shots.
Alejandro Pozuelo should be able to be counted on for Toronto. He is averaging 0.21 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 150 matches in his pro soccer career. The midfielder who hails from Spain has been on the pitch for 16,871 professional minutes while scoring 40 goals (54th among active MLS players). He has accumulated 30 yellow card warnings during his career and has helped on a goal 48 times. You should also keep an eye on Jozy Altidore, the forward from the United States. He has scored 114 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 29 times. Altidore has been given a total of 46 yellow cards in 20,270 minutes played (229 starts). His goals per 90 average in his MLS career is 0.51 (19th among active MLS players).
Quentin Westberg will look after the goal for TFC. In his career, Westberg has allowed 108 goals while tallying 184 stops in 83 starting assignments. He has given up 1.30 goals per 90 minutes and he has a record of 31-26-27. He is the owner of a save % of .669 and his clean sheet rate is currently 30.1%. Westberg has totaled 25 clean sheets while seeing 275 shots tried against him in 7,497 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New York City (+137)
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