Orlando City SC vs Chicago Fire Prediction, 9/19/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando City SC vs Chicago Fire
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Location: Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (-101) Chicago (+274)
Orlando City (5-4-2, 4th in the Eastern Conference) hosts the Chicago Fire (2-3-6, 11th in the Eastern Conference) at Exploria Stadium on Saturday. The goalies who are expected to start are Pedro Gallese for Orlando City and Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire. The line on this contest has Orlando City coming in at -101 and the Fire are at +274. The total is set at 2.75.
Orlando has controlled possession of the ball for 52.5% of matches while they have success at dribbling 59.4% of the time (12th in the league). They have tried 124 shots at the goal with 47 of them being on target, which comes out to a 37.9% shots on target percentage. The Lions have scored 18 goals on the campaign, which ranks 7th in MLS. They have been on the receiving end of 4,515 passes from teammates on 5,115 targets for the season, which makes their receiving percentage 88.3%.
Junior Urso is a guy who should be able to impact this match for the Lions. He has accounted for 5 assists while earning 18 yellow card warnings thus far in his career. Urso has been in the starting lineup in 125 matchups during his MLS career and he tallies 0.19 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder who is from Brazil has earned 23 goals scored (103rd among active MLS players) in 10,691 professional minutes played. Another guy who should impact this match is Tesho Akindele, the forward from Canada. Akindele has been on the pitch for 9,132 mins during 92 career starts and has been given 10 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 9 times during his career while he has scored 35 total goals. He is averaging 0.34 goals per 90 thus far in his career (68th among active MLS players).
The man who is expected to protect the net for Orlando will be Pedro Gallese. Gallese has defended the goal for 11,451 mins and has tallied 128 stops in his pro soccer career. His GA/90 is 1.05 (134 goals surrendered) and his save percentage is .643. The goalkeeper from Peru has seen 199 shots tried at him in 129 starts. Gallese (42-34-51 record during his soccer career) has tallied 26 shutouts, which leaves him with a 20.2% clean sheet rate.
The Fire have successfully dribbled 66.1% of the time on the season while totaling 11 goals. They have a receiving percentage of 86.7% while controlling possession of the ball 48.7% of the time. Chicago has accumulated 4,670 targets for the season (15th in MLS) and they have 4,047 successful received passes. They have connected on 31.8% of their shots on target out of 151 total shots.
Przemyslaw Frankowski should provide a lift for Chicago. The midfielder who is from Poland has been on the pitch for 15,089 minutes while he has scored 31 goals (67th among active players). He has totaled 20 yellow cards during his MLS career and has helped a teammate on a goal 20 times. He is averaging 0.18 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 67 matches in his pro soccer career. You should also keep an eye on Robert Beric, the forward who was born in Slovenia. Beric has been handed 17 yellow card cautions in 11,560 minutes played (130 starts). His goals per 90 minute average so far in his MLS career is 0.54 (11th among active MLS players). He has earned 69 goals in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 15 times.
Bobby Shuttleworth will be looking after the goal for the Fire. Shuttleworth has accumulated 46 shutouts while he has defended 917 shots against him in 17,930 mins throughout his career. He holds a save percentage of .663 and his clean sheet rate is 23.2%. He has allowed 1.57 goals per 90 while holding a record of 71-41-88. During his MLS career, Shuttleworth has allowed 313 goals while he has totaled 608 stops in 198 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago (+274)
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