D.C. United vs Philadelphia Union Prediction, 5/23/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: D.C. United vs Philadelphia Union
Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021
Location: Audi Field in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: D.C. (+180) Philadelphia (+130)
Kacper Przybylko and the Philadelphia Union (2-2-2, 6th in Eastern Conference) are headed to Audi Field on Sunday where they'll meet D.C. United (2-0-4, 10th in Eastern Conference). The expected starting goalkeepers will be Bill Hamid for D.C. United and Andre Blake for the Philadelphia Union. The Black-and-Red are priced at +180 while the Zolos are at +130. The O/U has been set at 2.75.
D.C. took the field against Orlando in their last game and went home with a loss by a final score of 1-0. The Black-and-Red attempted 19 dribbles in this contest and were successful in 13 of the attempts for a percentage of 68.4%. When discussing the passing game, they earned a 77.0% passes received percentage by converting 361 out of their 469 targeted passes in their last match. Regarding shot accuracy, D.C. wrapped this game up at a 14.3% rate by putting 2 shots on target out of 14 shots. D.C. is averaging 0.83 goals per 90 (5 goals in total) and have accounted for 5 assists in all matches this year.
Ola Kamara is a guy who can be a difference maker for D.C. United. He has accounted for 23 assists while accumulating 12 yellow cards in his pro soccer career. Kamara has been in the starting lineup in 218 matches thus far in his career and he scores 0.51 goals per 90 minutes. The forward hailing from Norway has racked up 115 goals in 20,450 minutes played. Someone else who should impact this match is Julian Gressel, the defender representing Germany. He has helped on a goal 36 times during his pro soccer career while scoring 17 total goals. Gressel has played 9,821 mins in 112 starts and has been given a total of 13 yellow cards. He has an average of 0.16 goals per 90 minutes during his pro soccer career.
The guy defending the goal for D.C. United will be Bill Hamid. Hamid (90-64-92 mark in his career) has earned 70 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 28.1% clean sheet rate. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has had 1,189 shots tried against him in 249 starts. His GA/90 is 1.28 (317 total goals conceded) and he has earned a save % of 74.1. Hamid has seen the pitch for a total of 22,209 minutes and has 876 stops in his career.
In their last game, Philadelphia walked away with a victory by a final of 1-0 against New York. The Zolos finished with a 82.4% successful dribble rate by completing 14 of the 17 dribbles they tried. They finished the contest by connecting on 249 out of their 296 passes they attempted for a rate of 84.1%. Philadelphia had 5 shots on target out of their 13 shots attempted which had them at a 38.5% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having a total of 5 goals and 4 assists in all their matches, Philadelphia sports an average of 0.83 goals and 0.67 assists per 90 minutes.
Kacper Przybylko will need to be on top of his game for Philadelphia Union. He scores 0.38 G/90 and has had a starting assignment in 119 games during his career. The forward born in Germany has been on the field for 11,095 professional minutes and he has scored 47 goals. He has earned 11 yellow card warnings during his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 19 times. Be sure to watch out for Alejandro Bedoya, the forward born in the United States. He has 39 goals so far in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 33 times. Bedoya has been handed a total of 67 yellow card warnings in 24,642 mins played (271 starts). His goals per 90 minute average during his pro soccer career is 0.14.
Andre Blake will be residing in front of the goal for Philadelphia Union. Blake has totaled 42 clean sheets and has defended 673 shots attempted against him in 13,553 career mins. He has earned a save % of 71.3 and his shutout rate is currently 27.8%. He has surrendered 1.39 goals per 90 mins while holding a mark of 61-34-56. During his career, Blake has allowed 209 goals and has accounted for 478 saves in 151 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Philadelphia (+130)
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