Orlando City SC vs New York City FC Prediction, 11/21/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando City SC vs New York City FC
Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020
Location: Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+137) New York City (+148)
Benji Michel and Orlando City (11-8-4, 4th in the Eastern Conference) play New York City FC (12-3-8, 5th in the Eastern Conference) at Exploria Stadium on Saturday. The goaltenders who are expected to start will be Brian Rowe for Orlando City and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. The Lions are priced at +137 while NYCFC is at +148. The over/under opens at 2.5.
Orlando City has controlled possession of the ball for 50.3% of matches while they successfully dribble 58.4% of the time (15th in MLS). They have tried 261 shots at the opposition with 95 on target, which calculates to a 36.4% SOT percentage. Orlando City SC as a team have earned 39 goals for the year, which has them 5th in MLS. Their players have received 9,099 passes on 10,338 targets for the year, which gives them a receiving percentage of 88.0%.
Benji Michel is a guy who should be able to impact this match for Orlando. He has totaled 3 assists while accumulating 2 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career. Michel has been in the starting lineup in 17 matches during his career and he tallies 0.50 goals per 90 mins. The forward who represents Haiti has 10 goals scored in 1,789 mins. One more guy who could decide who wins is Chris Mueller, the forward who represents the United States. Mueller has totaled 4,885 minutes during 56 starts and has been given 3 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 13 times so far in his career while he has scored 18 total goals. He is averaging 0.33 goals per 90 mins so far in his professional career.
The guy protecting the net for Orlando City SC is Brian Rowe. Rowe (38-38-36 mark during his career) has 27 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 24.3% shutout rate. The goalie from the United States has seen 463 shots tried at him in 111 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.39 (156 goals conceded) and he holds a save % of .678. Rowe has been on the pitch for 10,116 mins and has 312 saves so far in his pro soccer career.
NYCFC have dribbled successfully 56.9% of the time so far this year while earning 36 goals. They have earned a receiving percentage of 86.7% and they have controlled possession of the ball 56% of the time. NYCFC has accumulated 11,478 targets on the year (5th in the league) to go along with 9,947 completed passes. They have been able to hit on 38.7% of their shots on 357 shots.
Jesus Medina should be someone to watch for New York City FC. He has an average of 0.30 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 107 matches in his career. The forward who is from Paraguay has been on the pitch for 9,292 professional minutes while scoring 31 goals. He has 12 yellow card cautions in his professional soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 7 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Alexander Ring, the midfielder who is from Finland. He has scored 21 goals thus far in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 17 different times. Ring has been handed a total of 59 yellow cards in 18,053 mins played (203 starts). His goals per 90 min average during his pro soccer career is 0.10.
Sean Johnson will look after the net for NYCFC. During his career, Johnson has given up 390 goals while he has 905 saves in 292 starts. He has given up 1.34 goals per 90 mins while earning a record of 114-84-94. He is the owner of a save percentage of .708 and his shutout rate sits at 22.9%. Johnson has accumulated 67 clean sheets while he has defended 1,281 shots attempted against him in 26,256 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Orlando (+137)
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