Chicago Fire vs D.C. United Prediction, 7/21/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Fire vs D.C. United
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (-111) D.C. (+230)
Soldier Field is the venue where Julian Gressel and D.C. United (5-1-7, 9th in Eastern Conference) will take on the Chicago Fire (3-2-8, 12th in Eastern Conference) on Wednesday. The goalies protecting the net are Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire and Bill Hamid for D.C. United. The odds on this matchup have the Chicago Fire priced at -111 and the Black-and-Red are at +230. The over/under is set at 2.75.
Chicago played Nashville in their last match and went home with a loss by a final score of 5-1. When discussing the passing game, they earned a 84.9% passes received percentage by completing 359 out of their 423 pass targets in their last match. The Fire attempted 11 dribbles in this match and completed 6 of the dribbles for a rate of 54.5%.
Regarding shot accuracy, Chicago finished the game at a 21.4% rate by putting 3 shots on target of 14 total shots. Chicago sports an average of 1.00 goal per 90 (13 goals in total) and have accounted for 12 assists in all games this year.
Przemyslaw Frankowski is a guy who should be able to impact this game for the Chicago Fire. He has 23 assists while earning 22 yellow card warnings in his career. Frankowski has been in the starting lineup in 186 outings so far in his career and he tallies 0.19 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder representing Poland has accumulated 35 goals in 16,465 minutes played. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Robert Beric, the forward hailing from Slovenia. Beric has accumulated 13,592 minutes in 154 starts and has been handed 18 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 16 times in his career while scoring 80 goals. He sports an average of 0.53 goals per 90 mins so far in his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Chicago Fire will be Bobby Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth (77-48-100 mark in his career) has recorded 50 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 22.4% shutout percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has faced 1,051 shots sent in his direction in 223 starting assignments. His GA/90 is 1.59 (357 goals surrendered) and his save percentage is 67.5. Shuttleworth has been on the pitch for a total of 20,180 minutes and has tallied 701 stops in his career.
The last time they took the field, D.C. took a defeat with a final score of 2-1 against Philadelphia. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 321 of the 403 passing attempts for a rate of 79.7%. The Black-and-Red finished with a 61.9% successful dribble percentage by completing 13 of the 21 dribbles they pursued. D.C. had 2 shots on target out of 8 shots attempted earning them a 25.0% clip in their last outing. Having accumulated 17 goals and 14 assists in all competitions, D.C. is averaging 1.31 goals and 1.08 assists per 90 min.
Julian Gressel should provide a lift for D.C. United. The defender representing Germany has totaled 10,400 professional minutes while he has scored 17 goals. He has totaled 14 yellow card cautions thus far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 36 times. He is currently averaging 0.15 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 118 games so far in his career. You should also keep an eye on Ola Kamara, the forward born in Norway. Kamara has been handed 12 yellow card warnings in 20,762 mins played (221 career starts). His goals per 90 average during his career is 0.52. He has tallied 119 goals in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 24 different times.
Bill Hamid will be looking after the net for D.C. United. Hamid has earned 73 shutouts and has seen 1,207 shots tried against him in 22,749 mins throughout his career. He is the owner of a save % of 74.1 and his clean sheet rate sits at 28.6%. He has given up 1.27 goals per 90 minutes while holding a mark of 93-65-94. In his career, Hamid has conceded 322 goals while tallying 889 saves in 255 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take D.C. (+230)
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