Orlando City SC vs Minnesota United FC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/6/2020
Game: Orlando City SC vs Minnesota United FC
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Location: ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+145) Minnesota (+175)
Jan Gregus and Minnesota United (4-4-0, 3rd in the Western Conference) host Orlando City (4-3-1, 2nd in the Eastern Conference) at ESPN Sports Complex on Thursday. The goaltenders who are expected to start are Pedro Gallese for Orlando City and Tyler Miller for Minnesota United. The Lions are priced at +145 while the Loons are at +175. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
The Lions as a team have 7 goals on the season, which ranks them 11th in MLS. They have attempted 55 shots at their opponents with 23 on target, which calculates to a 41.8% SOT percentage. Orlando has controlled possession of the ball for 51.2% of the game while they have success at dribbling 59.1% of the time (14th in Major League Soccer). Their players have received 1,937 passes from teammates on 2,269 targets this season, which gives them a receiving percentage of 85.4%.
Junior Urso is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for the Lions. Urso has been a starter in 121 contests so far in his pro soccer career and scores 0.19 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder who hails from Brazil has 22 goals (107th among active players) in 10,332 minutes played. He has 4 assists while accumulating 17 yellow card warnings during his MLS career. One more player who should impact this match is Tesho Akindele, the forward who hails from Canada. He has assisted on a goal 9 times during his career while he has scored 35 goals. Akindele has totaled 9,052 mins during 92 starts and has earned himself a total of 10 yellow card cautions. He scores 0.35 goals per 90 minutes thus far in his career (65th among active MLS players).
The man who is expected to protect the net for Orlando is Pedro Gallese. Gallese (39-32-50 mark in his MLS career) has 26 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 21.1% clean sheet percentage. The goalie from Peru has faced 173 shots tried against him in 123 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.04 (126 goals surrendered) and he has a save percentage of .636. Gallese has played for a total of 10,911 minutes and is sitting with 110 stops in his career.
The Loons have had success dribbling 51.6% of the time this year while tallying 11 goals. They have a receiving percentage of 84.6% while controlling possession of the ball 43.8% of the time. Minnesota has totaled 1,920 pass targets for the season (19th in the league) with 1,624 completed passes. They have completed 43.5% of their shots on 62 shots.
Jan Gregus should be someone to watch for Minnesota. The midfielder from Slovakia has been on the pitch for 15,448 professional minutes while scoring 16 goals (132nd among active players). He has tallied 36 yellow card cautions in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 24 times. He currently averages 0.09 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 93 games during his pro soccer career. You should also watch out for Luis Amarilla, the forward who represents Paraguay. Amarilla has been given a total of 11 yellow card cautions in 3,194 professional minutes (33 career starting assignments). His G/90 average in his career is 0.56 (11th among active players). He has scored 20 goals in his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 6 times.
Tyler Miller will be residing in front of the net for the Loons. Miller has racked up 26 clean sheets while seeing 453 shots against him in 9,239 mins throughout his career. He has a save % of .711 and his clean sheet rate sits at 25.2%. He has conceded 1.38 goals per 90 and he has earned a mark of 52-27-24. So far in his career, Miller has conceded 142 goals while he has earned 322 saves in 103 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota (+175)
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