Chicago Fire vs Nashville SC Prediction, 9/26/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Fire vs Nashville SC
Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+185) Nashville (+145)
Soldier Field is the site where C.J. Sapong and Nashville SC (11-11-3, 2nd in Eastern Conference) will play the Chicago Fire (6-5-15, 12th in Eastern Conference) on Sunday. The goaltenders protecting the net will be Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire and Joe Willis for Nashville SC. The Fire are priced at +185 while Nashville SC are at +145. The O/U opens at 2.5.
Chicago took the field against New England in their last game and went home with a loss by a final score of 3-2. In regard to passing, they ended the game with a 84.3% passes received percentage by connecting on 381 of the 452 pass targets last contest. The Fire attempted 15 dribbles in this match and completed 7 of the attempts for a rate of 46.7%.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Chicago ended this match at a 38.5% rate by hitting 10 shots on target of 26 shots. Chicago is averaging 0.92 goals per 90 minutes (24 goals in total) and have accounted for 20 assists in all matches this season.
Luka Stojanovic is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for the Chicago Fire. He has totaled 5 assists while earning 17 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career. Stojanovic has had a starting assignment in 89 matches in his career and scores 0.36 goals per 90 minutes. The forward born in Serbia has totaled 31 goals in 7,829 minutes played.
One more guy who could decide who wins is Robert Beric, the forward born in Slovenia. Beric has accumulated 14,272 mins in 161 career starts and has been given a total of 19 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 16 times during his career and he has scored 81 goals. He scores 0.51 G/90 for his career.
The man who will defend the goal for Chicago Fire will be Bobby Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth has been on the field for a total of 21,080 mins and has 724 stops so far in his career. His GA/90 is 1.59 (372 goals given up) and he is the owner of a save % of 67.4. The goalie from the United States has faced 1,086 shots attempted against him in 233 career starts. Shuttleworth (80-50-105 record during his soccer career) has recorded 52 shutouts, which leaves him with a 22.3% clean sheet percentage.
In their last outing, Nashville went home defeated by a final of 2-1 against Toronto. Nashville SC ended the game with a 68.8% successful dribble rate by completing 11 out of the 16 dribbles they attempted. They finished this game by converting 396 of the 468 passes they attempted for a rate of 84.6%. Nashville had 5 shots on goal out of 12 shots attempted which had them at a 41.7% rate in their last match. Having earned a total of 43 goals and 34 assists in all competitions, Nashville is averaging 1.72 goals and 1.36 assists per 90.
C.J. Sapong should be someone to watch for Nashville SC. The forward from the United States has played 21,258 professional minutes and he has scored 82 goals. He has 19 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 25 times. He is averaging 0.35 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 234 contests so far in his career. Make sure to watch out for Hany Mukhtar, the forward who represents Germany. Mukhtar has been handed a total of 22 yellow card warnings in 12,521 professional minutes (139 starts). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.29. He has accounted for 41 goals thus far in his career while assisting on a goal 36 different times.
Joe Willis will be residing in front of the goal for Nashville SC. Willis has totaled 44 shutouts and defended 769 shots tried against him in 16,029 career mins. He holds a save % of 70.5 and his clean sheet rate sits at 25.0%. He has conceded 1.38 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a record of 63-52-63. So far in his career, Willis has conceded 246 goals and has earned 538 stops in 176 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago (+185)
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