Chicago Fire vs New York City FC Prediction, 9/29/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Fire vs New York City FC
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Location: SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+286) New York City (-108)
Robert Beric and the Chicago Fire (6-6-15, 12th in Eastern Conference) play New York City FC (11-6-9, 3rd in Eastern Conference) at SeatGeek Stadium on Wednesday. The goaltenders who are expected to start will be Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. The Fire are priced at +286 while NYCFC is at -108. The O/U is set at 3.
Chicago faced off with Nashville in their most recent match and walked away with a draw with a final of 0-0. The Fire tried 12 dribbles in this contest and converted 9 of those attempts for a rate of 75.0%. In sharing the ball, they earned a 83.6% passes received rate by connecting on 474 out of their 567 pass attempts in their last outing.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Chicago ended this match at a 37.5% clip by putting 3 shots on target out of 8 total shots. Chicago averages 0.89 goals per 90 (24 total goals) and have accounted for 20 assists in all competitions this year.
Robert Beric is a player who should be able to impact this match for the Chicago Fire. Beric has been given a starting assignment in 162 contests so far in his pro soccer career while scoring 0.51 goals per 90. The forward from Slovenia has 81 goals in 14,362 mins played. He has totaled 16 assists while earning 19 yellow cards in his career.
One more guy who could decide who wins is Luka Stojanovic, the forward representing Serbia. Stojanovic has totaled 7,829 mins in 89 career starting assignments and has been handed 17 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 5 times in his career and he has scored 31 goals. He currently averages 0.36 goals per 90 minutes so far in his pro soccer career.
The guy defending the goal for Chicago Fire is Bobby Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth has seen the pitch for a total of 21,080 minutes and has earned 724 stops so far in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.59 (372 goals conceded) and his save percentage is 67.4. The goalie hailing from the United States has had 1,086 shots attempted against him in 233 starts. Shuttleworth (80-50-105 mark in his career) has recorded 52 shutouts, which leaves him with a 22.3% shutout rate.
In their last outing, New York City took a defeat with a final score of 1-0 against New York. They wrapped up this outing by converting 430 out of their 550 attempted passes earning a rate of 78.2%. NYCFC had a 50.0% successful dribble percentage by converting 6 out of the 12 dribbles they tried. New York City converted 5 shots on target out of 14 shots tried giving them a 35.7% rate when they last took the field. With a total of 43 goals and 31 assists for all their matches, New York City is averaging 1.65 goals and 1.19 assists per 90.
Valentin Castellanos will need to be on top of his game for New York City FC. He has an average of 0.42 goals per 90 and has had a starting assignment in 82 outings in his career. The forward hailing from Argentina has accumulated 7,340 minutes while scoring 34 goals. He has 31 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 15 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Maximiliano Moralez, the forward representing Argentina. Moralez has been given 39 yellow card cautions in 22,614 mins played (259 career starts). His G/90 average so far in his career is 0.19. He has scored 47 goals during his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 66 times.
Sean Johnson is expected to look after the net for New York City FC. Thus far in his career, Johnson has surrendered 415 goals and has tallied 964 stops in 313 starting assignments. He has given up 1.33 goals per 90 minutes while holding a record of 122-90-101. He holds a save percentage of 70.8 and his clean sheet rate sits at 23.3%. Johnson has totaled 73 clean sheets while he has seen 1,364 shots against him in 28,146 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New York City (-108)
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