D.C. United vs New York City FC Prediction, 4/17/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: D.C. United vs New York City FC
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Location: Audi Field in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: D.C. (+310) New York City (-133)
Audi Field is the site where Valentin Castellanos and New York City FC (12-3-8 last season, 5th in the Eastern Conference) will play D.C. United (5-6-12 last year, 13th in the Eastern Conference) on Saturday. The goaltenders protecting the net will be Chris Seitz for D.C. United and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. NYCFC is priced at -133 while the Black-and-Red are at +310. The O/U opens at 2.5.
D.C. took the field against Montreal in their last match and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 3-2. The Black-and-Red attempted 9 dribbles in this matchup and were successful in 2 of those tries for a percentage of 22.2%. In the passing game, they finished this match with a 90.9% received passes rate by connecting on 439 of the 483 pass attempts in their last outing. In relation to shooting accuracy, D.C. ended this match at a 38.9% rate by hitting 7 shots on target of 18 shots. D.C. averaged 1.04 goals per 90 minutes (24 total goals) and earned 12 assists in all matches last season.
Ola Kamara is a player who should be able to impact this game for D.C. United. Kamara has been given a starting assignment in 218 matches during his soccer career while scoring 0.50 G/90. The forward born in Norway has totaled 114 goals scored in 20,405 mins. He has 23 assists while tallying 12 yellow cards so far in his career. Another guy who should impact this match is Julian Gressel, the defender hailing from Germany. Gressel has been on the pitch for 9,342 minutes during 107 starting assignments and has been given a total of 11 yellow card warnings. He has helped on a goal 35 times so far in his pro soccer career and he has scored 17 total goals. He is currently averaging 0.16 goals per 90 minutes thus far in his career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for D.C. United will be Chris Seitz. Seitz has seen the field for 10,256 minutes and is sitting with 338 saves in his pro soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.42 (162 total goals allowed) and he holds a save % of 68.9. The goalkeeper born in the United States has faced 498 shots attempted at him in 113 career starts. Seitz (44-30-39 record in his career) has recorded 28 shutouts, which leaves him with a 24.8% clean sheet rate.
For their last game, New York City went home defeated by a final of 1-1 against Orlando. NYCFC finished with a 58.8% successful dribble rate by completing 10 out of the 17 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this match by completing 520 out of their 618 passing attempts for a rate of 84.1%. New York City converted 7 shots on goal out of 26 shots attempted giving them a 26.9% rate when they last took the field. Having earned a total of 36 goals and 26 assists for all their games, New York City averaged 1.57 goals and 1.13 assists per 90.
Valentin Castellanos will be someone to watch for New York City FC. He currently averages 0.36 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 57 outings so far in his career. The forward born in Argentina has been on the field for 5,187 professional minutes while scoring 21 goals. He has totaled 23 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 8 times. Make sure to watch out for Jesus Medina, the forward hailing from Paraguay. He has earned 31 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 7 different times. Medina has been given a total of 12 yellow cards in 9,292 mins (107 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average during his pro soccer career is 0.30.
Sean Johnson will look after the goal for New York City FC. In his career, Johnson has conceded 390 goals and has totaled 905 saves in 292 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.34 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a record of 114-84-94. He has a save percentage of 70.8 and his clean sheet rate is currently 22.9%. Johnson has racked up 67 clean sheets and has defended 1,281 shots against him in 26,256 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take D.C. (+310)
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