Orlando City SC vs Atlanta United FC Prediction, 9/5/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando City SC vs Atlanta United FC
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020
Location: Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+130) Atlanta (+188)
Tesho Akindele and Atlanta United (3-1-4, 9th in the Eastern Conference) go to Exploria Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet Orlando City (4-3-2, 3rd in the Eastern Conference). The goalies protecting the net will be Pedro Gallese for Orlando City and Brad Guzan for Atlanta United. The Lions are priced at +130 while the 5 Stripes are at +188. The total has been set at 2.75.
The Lions as a team have 16 goals for the year, which is 3rd in the league. They have tried 101 shots at their opponents goal with 41 of them being on target, which calculates to a 40.6% shots on target percentage. Orlando has controlled possession for 53.2% of the time while they dribble successfully 64.2% of the time (4th in MLS). They have caught 3,831 passes on 4,342 tries so far this year, which gives them a receiving percentage of 88.2%.
Tesho Akindele is a player who should be able to impact this game for the Lions. Akindele has had a starting assignment in 92 contests in his MLS career and accounts for 0.35 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Canada has earned 35 goals scored (60th among active MLS players) in 9,112 mins played. He has totaled 9 assists while accumulating 10 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career. Someone else who should impact this game is Junior Urso, the midfielder who was born in Brazil. He has helped a teammate on a goal 5 times in his pro soccer career while scoring 23 total goals. Urso has been on the pitch for 10,582 minutes during 124 career starting assignments and has been given a total of 18 yellow card cautions. He scores 0.20 goals per 90 mins thus far in his career (130th among active MLS players).
The man who is expected to protect the net for Orlando is Pedro Gallese. Gallese (41-33-51 record during his career) has earned 26 shutouts, which gives him a 20.5% clean sheet rate. The keeper from Peru has had 190 shots sent his way in 127 starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.05 (132 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save percentage of .637. Gallese has played for 11,271 minutes and is sitting with 121 saves so far in his MLS career.
The 5 Stripes have had success dribbling 59.5% of the time for the campaign while tallying 7 goals. They hold a receiving percentage of 89.9% and they have controlled possession of the ball 57.8% of the time. Atlanta has 4,194 targets this year (6th in the league) to go along with 3,770 completed passes. The have hit on 38.9% of their shots out of 72 shots.
Adam Jahn will need to provide a lift for Atlanta. He scores 0.40 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 184 games during his MLS career. The forward who is from the United States has been on the field for 8,944 professional minutes and he has scored 40 goals (50th among active MLS players). He has accounted for 17 yellow card warnings during his MLS career and has assisted on a goal 9 times. You should also keep an eye on Ezequiel Barco, the forward who represents Argentina. He has scored 15 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 11 different times. Barco has been given a total of 9 yellow card cautions in 5,537 minutes (58 starting assignments). His G/90 average thus far in his career is 0.24 (104th among active players).
Brad Guzan will look after the net for the 5 Stripes. So far in his career, Guzan has conceded 483 goals while he has tallied 1,081 stops in 334 starts. He has conceded 1.44 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a record of 113-78-144. He has a save percentage of .696 and his shutout rate is currently at 26.6%. Guzan has recorded 89 clean sheets while seeing 1,554 shots against him in 30,148 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Atlanta (+188)
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