D.C. United vs Chicago Fire Prediction, 9/15/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: D.C. United vs Chicago Fire
Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Location: Audi Field in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: D.C. (-140) Chicago (+370)
Julian Gressel and D.C. United (9-4-10, 6th in Eastern Conference) host the Chicago Fire (6-5-12, 12th in Eastern Conference) at Audi Field on Wednesday. The goalkeepers protecting the net are Bill Hamid for D.C. United and Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire. The Fire are priced at +370 while the Black-and-Red are at -140. The over/under opens at 2.5.
D.C. took the field against New York in their most recent game and earned a one point draw by a score of 1-1. In sharing the ball, they ended with a 74.5% passes received rate by completing 336 of the 451 passing targets in their last game. The Black-and-Red attempted 17 dribbles in this matchup and converted 7 of the attempts for a percentage of 41.2%.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, D.C. walked away from the pitch at a 14.3% rate by hitting 1 shot on target out of 7 total shots. D.C. sports an average of 1.52 g/90 (35 goals in total) and have accounted for 25 assists in all games for the year.
Julian Gressel is a player who should impact this matchup for D.C. United. He has 39 assists while earning 15 yellow card cautions so far in his career. Gressel has started 127 matchups thus far in his career while scoring 0.14 goals per 90 mins. The defender born in Germany has earned 17 goals in 11,195 minutes.
One more guy who should impact this match is Ola Kamara, the forward hailing from Norway. Kamara has played 21,388 minutes in 229 starting assignments and has been given 12 yellow cards. He has helped a teammate on a goal 25 times so far in his career and he has scored 127 total goals. He scores 0.53 goals per 90 minutes so far in his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for D.C. United is Bill Hamid. Hamid (95-67-94 record in his career) has earned 75 clean sheets, which has earned him a 29.0% shutout rate. The goalkeeper born in the United States has faced 1,215 shots sent his way in 259 starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.27 (324 total goals surrendered) and he is the owner of a save % of 74.1. Hamid has been on the pitch for a total of 23,035 mins and has earned 896 saves during his pro soccer career.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Chicago took a defeat with a final score of 2-0 against Kansas City. They finished this game by completing 378 out of their 435 passing attempts for a rate of 86.9%. The Fire finished with a 58.3% successful dribble rate by connecting on 7 of the 12 dribbles they tried. Chicago connected on 3 shots on target out of the team's 13 shots attempted which had them at a 23.1% clip in their last game. Having a total of 22 goals and 18 assists for all their matches, Chicago is averaging 0.96 goals and 0.78 assists per 90 minutes.
Robert Beric will need to provide a spark for Chicago Fire. He is averaging 0.52 goals per 90 and has started 160 matches so far in his career. The forward from Slovenia has totaled 14,126 minutes and has earned 81 goals. He has accounted for 19 yellow card warnings during his soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 16 times. You should also keep an eye on Luka Stojanovic, the forward born in Serbia. Stojanovic has been given a total of 16 yellow cards in 7,673 professional minutes played (87 starts). His G/90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.36. He has tallied 31 goals during his career while assisting on a goal 5 times.
Bobby Shuttleworth will reside in front of the goal for Chicago Fire. Shuttleworth has recorded 52 shutouts while defending 1,085 shots against him in 20,990 mins in his career. He has a save percentage of 67.5 and his clean sheet rate is 22.4%. He has given up 1.58 goals per 90 while earning a record of 80-50-104. During his professional soccer career, Shuttleworth has given up 369 goals and has totaled 724 stops in 232 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take D.C. (-140)
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