D.C. United vs Philadelphia Union Prediction, 8/28/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: D.C. United vs Philadelphia Union
Date: Saturday, August 28, 2021
Location: Audi Field in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: D.C. (+138) Philadelphia (+180)
Audi Field is the venue where Kacper Przybylko and the Philadelphia Union (8-8-5, 3rd in Eastern Conference) will take on D.C. United (8-3-10, 7th in Eastern Conference) on Saturday. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Jon Kempin for D.C. United and Andre Blake for the Philadelphia Union. The Black-and-Red are priced at +138 while the Zolos are at +180. The over/under has been set at 2.5.
D.C. faced off with Atlanta in their last match and took a loss by a score of 2-1. When discussing the passing game, they earned a 86.3% rate by connecting on 328 of the 380 targeted passes last contest. The Black-and-Red attempted 13 dribbles in this outing and converted 8 of the tries for a rate of 61.5%.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, D.C. finished the game at a 29.6% clip by hitting 8 shots on target of 27 shots. D.C. sports an average of 1.48 goals per 90 minutes (31 goals in total) and have accounted for 24 assists in all matches this year.
Julian Gressel is a guy who should impact this matchup for D.C. United. Gressel has been in the starting lineup in 125 games in his pro soccer career and tallies 0.14 goals per 90 minutes. The defender born in Germany has totaled 17 goals in 11,028 minutes played. He has accounted for 39 assists while tallying 15 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career.
One more guy who should impact this match is Ola Kamara, the forward representing Norway. He has assisted on a goal 25 times in his career while scoring 125 total goals. Kamara has been on the field for 21,225 mins in 227 career starts and has been handed 12 yellow cards. He is averaging 0.53 G/90 for his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for D.C. United is Jon Kempin. Kempin has been on the field for a total of 7,497 mins and has 241 saves in his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.48 (123 total goals given up) and he has a save percentage of 67.5. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has faced 360 shots attempted against him in 84 career starts. Kempin (29-16-37 mark during his career) has accumulated 18 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 21.4% shutout rate.
In their last game, Philadelphia earned the draw by finishing with a tally of 1-1 against Montreal. The Zolos had a 60.0% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 6 of the 10 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this match by completing 439 of the 524 attempted passes for a rate of 83.8%. Philadelphia connected on 1 shot on target out of their 14 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 7.1% clip in their last game. With a total of 26 goals and 20 assists in all their matches, Philadelphia has an average of 1.24 goals and 0.95 assists per 90 min.
Kacper Przybylko should be someone to watch for Philadelphia Union. The forward born in Germany has 12,230 mins while he has scored 52 goals. He has 11 yellow card warnings during his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 20 times. He sports an average of 0.38 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 131 matches during his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Sergio Santos, the forward representing Brazil. He has earned 36 goals in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 6 times. Santos has been handed a total of 20 yellow card warnings in 7,107 minutes played (78 starts). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.46.
Andre Blake will look after the net for Philadelphia Union. Blake has racked up 47 clean sheets while he has seen 712 shots tried against him in 14,543 mins throughout his career. He sports a save percentage of 71.5 and his clean sheet rate is 29.0%. He has given up 1.36 goals per 90 mins while earning a mark of 66-38-58. In his pro soccer career, Blake has surrendered 219 goals and has racked up 509 stops in 162 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Philadelphia (+180)
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