Sporting KC vs Chicago Fire Prediction, 10/7/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Chicago Fire
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
TV: FOX Sports KC
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-129) Chicago (+343)
Fabian Herbers and the Chicago Fire (4-4-7, 10th in the Eastern Conference) are headed to Children's Mercy Park on Wednesday where they'll take on Sporting KC (7-2-5, 3rd in the Western Conference). The goalkeepers protecting the net are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire. The Fire are priced at +343 while Sporting Kansas City is at -129. The total is set at 3.
Kansas City controls possession for 51.2% of matches while they successfully dribble 59.7% of the time (13th in the league). They have attempted 207 shots at their opponents with 60 being on target, which comes out to a 29.0% SOT percentage. Sporting KC have earned 25 goals this year, which is currently 7th in MLS. They have received 5,612 passes from teammates on 6,392 targets for the season, which makes their receiving percentage 87.8%.
Khiry Shelton is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Sporting KC. Shelton has been given a starting assignment in 53 matches during his career and has 0.21 goals per 90 mins. The forward who is from the United States has earned 12 goals in 5,218 minutes. He has accounted for 12 assists while earning 4 yellow cards so far in his MLS career. Johnny Russell is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Sporting KC. He has accounted for 47 assists while accumulating 25 yellow cards thus far in his career. Russell has had a starting assignment in 288 matches during his MLS career while he scores 0.32 G/90. The forward who was born in Scotland has 90 goals in 25,561 mins played.
The guy defending the goal for Sporting KC will be Tim Melia. Melia (73-47-64 record during his career) has earned 55 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 30.1% shutout percentage. The goalkeeper from the United States has faced 799 shots attempted against him in 183 career starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.29 (235 goals surrendered) and he has earned a save percentage of .720. Melia has played for a total of 16,433 minutes and has earned 573 stops so far in his career.
The Fire have dribbled successfully 64.7% of the time so far this season while accumulating 20 goals. They hold a receiving percentage of 86.9% while they maintain possession of the ball 49.9% of the time. Chicago has totaled 6,659 targets for the season (10th in MLS) with 5,788 completed passes. They have completed 31.9% of their shots out of 207 total shots.
Fabian Herbers is a guy who should be able to impact this match for Chicago Fire. He has totaled 13 assists while tallying 19 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career. Herbers has been in the starting lineup in 64 games during his MLS career and scores 0.31 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who hails from Germany has totaled 19 goals in 5,540 professional minutes. Robert Beric is a player who should be able to impact this match for Chicago Fire. Beric has been a starter in 134 outings so far in his career and has 0.55 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who hails from Slovenia has totaled 73 goals scored in 11,875 minutes played. He has totaled 15 assists while accumulating 17 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Chicago is Bobby Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth has seen the field for a total of 18,290 mins and has tallied 622 stops in his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.57 (319 total goals conceded) and he has a save % of .675. The keeper from the United States has seen 938 shots tried at him in 202 starting assignments. Shuttleworth (73-42-89 record during his soccer career) has accumulated 48 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 23.8% clean sheet rate.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (+343)
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