Columbus Crew vs Chicago Fire Prediction, 6/19/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Crew vs Chicago Fire
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021
Location: Historic Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Columbus (+102) Chicago (+336)
Przemyslaw Frankowski and the Chicago Fire (1-1-5, 13th in Eastern Conference) are headed to Historic Crew Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Columbus Crew (3-2-2, 6th in Eastern Conference). The expected starting goalkeepers will be Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew and Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire. The moneyline on this contest has the Columbus Crew priced at +102 and the Fire are at +336. The over/under has been set at 2.5.
Columbus took the field against Toronto in their last matchup and notched a win by a score of 2-1. When talking about passing the ball, they earned a 87.5% received passes rate by connecting on 377 out of their 431 pass targets in their last outing. The Crew attempted 26 dribbles in this matchup and were able to convert 8 of those tries for a rate of 30.8%. In relation to shooting accuracy, Columbus walked away from the pitch at a 63.6% rate by putting 7 shots on target of 11 shots. Columbus averages 0.71 goals per 90 minutes (5 total goals) and have racked up 2 assists in all competitions for this campaign.
Gyasi Zardes is a guy who should be able to impact this game for the Columbus Crew. He has 22 assists while accumulating 12 yellow card cautions during his soccer career. Zardes has had a starting assignment in 203 outings during his pro soccer career and accounts for 0.39 goals per 90 mins. The forward hailing from the United States has 80 goals in 18,295 mins. Another player who could decide the outcome is Lucas Zelarayan, the midfielder hailing from Argentina. Zelarayan has been on the pitch for 10,742 mins during 121 starts and has earned himself a total of 7 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 23 times during his career while he has scored 37 total goals. He sports an average of 0.31 goals per 90 during his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Columbus Crew will be Eloy Room. Room (80-53-68 mark during his career) has totaled 45 clean sheets, which gives him a 22.6% shutout percentage. The goalkeeper from the Netherlands has had 951 shots attempted at him in 199 starting assignments. His GA/90 is 1.35 (272 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of 72.7. Room has seen the pitch for 18,111 minutes and has accumulated 683 saves in his career.
For their last game, Chicago went home defeated by a final of 1-0 against Montreal. The Fire had a 43.8% successful dribble rate by converting 7 out of the 16 dribbles they tried. They finished the contest by completing 339 of the 473 passing attempts for a percentage of 71.7%. Chicago landed 6 shots on target out of the team's 19 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 31.6% rate in their last outing. Having earned a total of 4 goals and 3 assists in all their matches, Chicago sports an average of 0.57 goals and 0.43 assists per 90 min.
Przemyslaw Frankowski will be someone to watch for Chicago Fire. The midfielder born in Poland has accumulated 16,175 professional minutes and he has scored 34 goals. He has totaled 21 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 21 times. He is currently averaging 0.19 G/90 and has had a starting assignment in 183 contests in his pro soccer career. You should also keep an eye on Robert Beric, the forward who represents Slovenia. He has scored 79 goals during his soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 16 times. Beric has been given 18 yellow cards in 13,190 professional minutes (149 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average during his career is 0.54.
Bobby Shuttleworth will be looking after the goal for Chicago Fire. So far in his pro soccer career, Shuttleworth has allowed 345 goals and has tallied 670 saves in 217 starts. He has allowed 1.58 goals per 90 while earning a record of 75-47-97. He sports a save percentage of 67.3 and his clean sheet rate is 22.6%. Shuttleworth has 49 shutouts and defended 1,009 shots tried against him in 19,640 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Columbus (+102)
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