Chicago Fire vs Real Salt Lake Prediction, 10/23/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Fire vs Real Salt Lake
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (-116) Salt Lake (+250)
Robert Beric and the Chicago Fire (8-7-16, 12th in Eastern Conference) host Real Salt Lake (12-6-11, 8th in Western Conference) at Soldier Field on Saturday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire and David Ochoa for Real Salt Lake. RSL is priced at +250 while the Fire are at -116. The O/U opens at 2.75.
Chicago stepped onto the pitch against Cincinnati in their last game and notched a win by a score of 4-3. The Fire attempted 14 dribbles in this contest and completed 11 of the dribbles for a rate of 78.6%. In sharing the ball, they ended up with a 87.3% received passes rate by completing 517 out of their 592 targeted passes last match.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Chicago wrapped this game up at a 68.8% rate by landing 11 shots on target of 16 total shots. Chicago is averaging 1.06 goals per 90 min (33 goals in total) and have 25 assists in all contests for the year.
Robert Beric is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for the Chicago Fire. Beric has been in the starting lineup in 166 games in his career and tallies 0.52 goals per 90 mins. The forward hailing from Slovenia has tallied 85 goals scored in 14,656 minutes. He has accounted for 17 assists while tallying 19 yellow cards in his pro soccer career.
Someone else who should impact this match is Luka Stojanovic, the forward representing Serbia. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 5 times in his career while he has scored 32 total goals. Stojanovic has accumulated 7,835 mins in 89 career starting assignments and has been given 17 yellow cards. He averages 0.37 goals per 90 mins during his soccer career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Chicago Fire will be Bobby Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth (80-50-105 record in his career) has recorded 52 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 22.3% clean sheet rate. The goalkeeper born in the United States has seen 1,086 shots tried at him in 233 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.59 (372 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of 67.4. Shuttleworth has been on the field for a total of 21,080 minutes and is sitting with 724 stops thus far in his career.
For their last game, Salt Lake walked away with a victory by a final of 3-1 against Colorado. They wrapped up this outing by converting 394 out of their 458 pass attempts for a percentage of 86.0%. RSL finished with a 52.9% successful dribble percentage by completing 9 out of the 17 dribbles they pursued. Salt Lake had 4 shots on target out of 8 shots attempted which gave them a 50.0% rate in their last outing. With 47 goals and 40 assists for all their games, Salt Lake is averaging 1.62 goals and 1.38 assists per 90 minutes.
Rubio Rubin should be able to be counted on for Real Salt Lake. He scores 0.30 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 60 matches thus far in his career. The forward from the United States has totaled 5,764 mins and has scored 19 goals. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 11 times. Be sure to watch out for Damir Kreilach, the forward representing Croatia. Kreilach has been handed 69 yellow card warnings in 31,182 minutes (352 career starts). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.27. He has collected 92 goals in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 33 times.
David Ochoa will be looking after the goal for Real Salt Lake. During his professional soccer career, Ochoa has allowed 64 goals and has totaled 131 stops in 43 starts. He has allowed 1.49 goals per 90 mins and he has a record of 18-8-17. He has earned a save percentage of 67.5 and his clean sheet rate is 18.6%. Ochoa has accumulated 8 shutouts while defending 191 shots attempted against him in 3,870 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Salt Lake (+250)
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