Orlando City SC vs Nashville SC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/26/2020
Game: Orlando City SC vs Nashville SC
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Location: Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (-125) Nashville (+320)
Exploria Stadium is the venue where Hany Mukhtar and Nashville SC (1-1-3, 12th in the Western Conference) will play Orlando City (2-2-2, 6th in the Eastern Conference) on Wednesday. The starting goalies will be Pedro Gallese for Orlando City and Joe Willis for Nashville SC. The Lions are priced at -125 while Nashville SC are at +320. The total is set at 2.75.
Orlando has controlled possession for 53.5% of matches while they have success at dribbling 63.8% of the time (6th in Major League Soccer). They have attempted 69 shots at the opposition with 29 being on target, which comes out to a 42.0% SOT percentage. The Lions have accounted for 9 goals this season, which ranks 8th in the league. Their players have caught 2,492 passes from teammates on 2,897 attempts so far this year, which gives them a receiving percentage of 86.0%.
Jhegson Mendez is a player who should be able to impact this match for the Lions. Mendez has been a starter in 93 matches during his pro soccer career and tallies 0.04 goals per 90. The midfielder from Ecuador has 4 goals scored (253rd among active players) in 8,267 mins. He has 0 assists while tallying 24 yellow card cautions so far in his MLS career. Another guy who should impact this match is Tesho Akindele, the forward who hails from Canada. Akindele has been on the field for 9,075 mins during 92 career starts and has been given a total of 10 yellow card warnings. He has helped a teammate on a goal 9 times so far in his career while scoring 35 goals. He currently averages 0.35 goals per 90 so far in his MLS career (65th among active players).
The man who is expected to protect the net for Orlando will be Pedro Gallese. Gallese (39-32-51 mark during his soccer career) has accumulated 26 shutouts, which gives him a 21.0% clean sheet rate. The goalie from Peru has seen 177 shots sent his way in 124 career starts. His GA/90 is 1.06 (129 total goals given up) and he has a save % of .627. Gallese has been on the field for a total of 11,001 mins and has earned 111 saves so far in his MLS career.
Nashville has totaled 2,037 targets for the year (26th in the league) to go along with 1,734 completed passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 85.1% and they maintain possession of the ball 42.6% of the time. Nashville SC have successfully dribbled 62.8% of the time this season while tallying 2 goals. The have hit on 30.1% of their shots on 73 shots.
Hany Mukhtar will be someone to watch for Nashville. The midfielder who hails from Germany has been on the pitch for 9,968 minutes while he has scored 25 goals (92nd among active MLS players). He has 18 yellow cards during his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 25 times. He scores 0.23 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 61 games in his MLS career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Walker Zimmerman, the defender who hails from the United States. Zimmerman has been handed 17 yellow card cautions in 11,513 mins (127 starts). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.10 (190th among active MLS players). He has scored 13 goals so far in his MLS career while assisting a teammate on a goal 2 times.
Joe Willis will look after the net for NSC. Thus far in his career, Willis has conceded 205 goals while he has earned 413 saves in 133 starts. He has conceded 1.52 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a mark of 45-34-56. He has earned a save % of .684 and his clean sheet rate is 20.3%. Willis has 27 clean sheets while he has defended 604 shots tried against him in 12,159 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Orlando (-125)
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