Chicago Fire vs New England Revolution Prediction, 4/17/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Fire vs New England Revolution
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+145) New England (+162)
Gustavo Bou and the New England Revolution (8-8-7 last season, 8th in the Eastern Conference) are headed to Soldier Field on Saturday where they'll take on the Chicago Fire (5-8-10 last year, 11th in the Eastern Conference). The goalies protecting the net will be Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire and Matt Turner for the New England Revolution. The odds on this matchup have the Chicago Fire coming in at +145 and the Revolution are at +162. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Chicago played New York City in their last game and took a loss by a score of 4-3. The Fire tried 31 dribbles in this matchup and were able to convert 18 of the dribbles for a percentage of 58.1%. In regard to passing, they finished with a 82.0% received passes rate by completing 323 of the 394 targeted passes in their last outing. In regard to shooting accuracy, Chicago finished at a 36.8% clip by putting 7 SoT out of 19 total shots. Chicago averaged 1.43 g/90 (33 total goals) and sat with 26 assists in all matches last year.
Robert Beric is a guy who should be able to impact this match for the Chicago Fire. Beric has been in the starting lineup in 142 matches in his career and has 0.56 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Slovenia has accumulated 78 goals scored in 12,595 professional minutes played. He has 15 assists while earning 18 yellow card cautions so far in his career. One more player who could decide who wins is Przemyslaw Frankowski, the midfielder hailing from Poland. Frankowski has totaled 15,657 mins during 177 starts and has earned himself 20 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 21 times so far in his pro soccer career and he has scored 34 total goals. He scores 0.20 goals per 90 mins during his soccer career.
The guy defending the goal for Chicago Fire will be Bobby Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth (74-46-92 record during his career) has recorded 48 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 22.9% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has seen 979 shots attempted against him in 210 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.58 (334 total goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save percentage of 67.4. Shuttleworth has defended the goal for 19,010 minutes and has accumulated 650 saves so far in his career.
When they last played, New England took a defeat with a final score of 1-0 against Columbus. They finished the match by converting 405 of the 493 passes they attempted for a percentage of 82.2%. The Revolution earned a 23.1% successful dribble percentage by completing 3 out of the 13 dribbles they pursued. New England had 4 shots on goal out of 10 shots tried which had them sitting at a 40.0% rate in their last game. Having accumulated 25 goals and 17 assists for all their games, New England averaged 1.09 goals and 0.74 assists per 90 min.
Gustavo Bou should provide solid play for New England Revolution. The forward representing Argentina has totaled 11,829 mins and has scored 65 goals. He has totaled 17 yellow cards during his soccer career and has helped on a goal 23 times. He averages 0.49 goals per 90 mins and has started 131 outings during his pro soccer career. You should also keep an eye on Adam Buksa, the forward born in Poland. He has accounted for 34 goals during his soccer career while helping on a goal 8 different times. Buksa has been given 16 yellow cards in 7,341 minutes played (80 career starts). His goals per 90 min average in his pro soccer career is 0.42.
Matt Turner will be residing in front of the net for New England Revolution. Thus far in his career, Turner has conceded 120 goals and has 322 saves in 96 starts. He has surrendered 1.26 goals per 90 while holding a record of 31-33-32. He has earned a save % of 73.9 and his clean sheet rate sits at 24.0%. Turner has accumulated 23 clean sheets and has defended 433 shots tried against him in 8,605 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New England (+162)
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