D.C. United vs Orlando City SC Prediction, 5/16/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: D.C. United vs Orlando City SC
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021
Location: Audi Field in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: D.C. (+210) Orlando (+128)
Nani and Orlando City (1-3-0, 4th in Eastern Conference) travel to Audi Field on Sunday where they'll meet D.C. United (1-0-3, 12th in Eastern Conference). The goalkeepers who are expected to start will be Chris Seitz for D.C. United and Pedro Gallese for Orlando City. The line on this contest has D.C. United coming in at +210 and the Lions are at +128. The over/under is set at 2.75.
D.C. took the field against Columbus in their last game and took a loss by a final of 3-1. The Black-and-Red tried 19 dribbles in this contest and converted 7 of those attempts for a rate of 36.8%. When discussing the passing game, they earned a 83.9% received passes percentage by converting 413 out of their 492 pass attempts last match. In relation to shooting accuracy, D.C. ended this match at a 18.2% rate by landing 2 SoT out of 11 total shots. D.C. is averaging 1.00 goal per 90 (4 total goals) and have earned 4 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Julian Gressel is a player who should be able to impact this match for D.C. United. Gressel has been a starter in 111 matches in his pro soccer career and he has earned 0.16 goals per 90 mins. The defender hailing from Germany has totaled 17 goals in 9,702 minutes played. He has totaled 36 assists while tallying 12 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career. One more guy who should impact this match is Ola Kamara, the forward representing Norway. Kamara has totaled 20,421 minutes during 218 career starting assignments and has been handed 12 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 23 times so far in his career and he has scored 115 total goals. He is averaging 0.51 goals per 90 minutes thus far in his career.
The man defending the goal for D.C. United is Chris Seitz. Seitz (45-30-42 mark during his soccer career) has 28 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 23.9% shutout rate. The goalie hailing from the United States has had 514 shots tried at him in 117 starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.45 (171 total goals allowed) and he has a save % of 68.1. Seitz has seen the field for a total of 10,616 mins and is sitting with 348 saves thus far in his career.
The last time they took the pitch, Orlando weren't able to secure a win with a final of 1-1 against New York City. They wrapped up this match by converting 464 out of their 534 passes they attempted earning a percentage of 86.9%. The Lions earned a 56.3% successful dribble rate by converting 9 of the 16 dribbles they tried. Orlando converted 5 shots on target out of their 11 shots attempted giving them a 45.5% clip in their last game. Having accumulated 5 goals and 4 assists in all competitions, Orlando is averaging 1.25 goals and 1.00 assist per 90 min.
Nani should provide a lift for Orlando City SC. He scores 0.29 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 291 matches so far in his career. The forward born in Cape Verde has 25,946 professional minutes while earning 85 goals. He has accumulated 52 yellow cards during his soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 84 times. You should also watch out for Chris Mueller, the forward representing the United States. He has tallied 18 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 15 times. Mueller has been given 4 yellow card cautions in 5,157 mins played (59 career starts). His G/90 average in his career is 0.31.
Pedro Gallese will reside in front of the goal for Orlando City SC. In his career, Gallese has given up 143 goals and has totaled 160 saves in 141 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.51 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 49-38-52. He sports a save percentage of 69.2 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 21.3%. Gallese has racked up 30 clean sheets while defending 237 shots against him in 12,531 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Orlando (+128)
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