Nashville SC vs Chicago Fire Prediction, 7/17/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville SC vs Chicago Fire
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021
Location: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Nashville (-150) Chicago (+375)
C.J. Sapong and Nashville SC (4-7-1, 5th in Eastern Conference) host the Chicago Fire (3-2-7, 12th in Eastern Conference) at Nissan Stadium on Saturday. The expected starting goalies will be Joe Willis for Nashville SC and Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire. The Fire are priced at +375 while Nashville SC are at -150. The total is set at 2.5.
Nashville faced Atlanta in their last matchup and finished with a draw by a score of 2-2. When discussing the passing game, they ended the game with a 82.9% received passes percentage by connecting on 290 out of their 350 passing targets in their last game. Nashville SC tried 11 dribbles in this match and were successful in 7 of the tries for a percentage of 63.6%. In regard to shooting accuracy, Nashville ended this match at a 41.2% rate by putting 7 shots on target of 17 shots. Nashville averages 1.33 goals per 90 min (16 total goals) and have accounted for 12 assists in all competitions for this campaign.
C.J. Sapong is a player who should impact this matchup for Nashville SC. He has totaled 22 assists while accumulating 18 yellow card warnings in his career. Sapong has been given a starting assignment in 222 outings in his career while he scores 0.33 G/90. The forward representing the United States has totaled 74 goals scored in 20,339 mins played. One more player who should impact this match is Hany Mukhtar, the forward representing Germany. Mukhtar has accumulated 11,487 mins in 127 starts and has earned himself a total of 18 yellow card warnings. He has helped on a goal 30 times during his soccer career and he has scored 33 total goals. He currently averages 0.26 goals per 90 during his career.
The man defending the goal for Nashville SC will be Joe Willis. Willis (56-48-61 mark in his career) has earned 39 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 23.9% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has seen 715 shots tried at him in 163 career starting assignments. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.42 (235 total goals conceded) and he holds a save percentage of 69.8. Willis has seen the field for a total of 14,859 mins and has 495 saves thus far in his career.
In their last outing, Chicago went home victorious with a score of 3-1 against Orlando. The Fire had a 71.4% successful dribble rate by connecting on 15 of the 21 dribbles they tried. They finished this game by completing 342 out of their 395 pass attempts earning a rate of 86.6%. Chicago converted 4 shots on target out of 13 shots attempted earning them a 30.8% rate in their last outing. Having accumulated 12 goals and 11 assists in all competitions, Chicago averages 1.00 goal and 0.92 assists per 90 minutes.
Robert Beric should provide a lift for Chicago Fire. He scores 0.53 goals per 90 and has been a starter in 153 games in his career. The forward representing Slovenia has totaled 13,547 minutes and has scored 80 goals. He has 18 yellow card cautions during his soccer career and has assisted on a goal 16 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Przemyslaw Frankowski, the midfielder born in Poland. He has scored 35 goals so far in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 22 times. Frankowski has earned himself 22 yellow card cautions in 16,375 mins played (185 starting assignments). His G/90 average thus far in his career is 0.19.
Bobby Shuttleworth is expected to look after the net for Chicago Fire. Shuttleworth has 50 shutouts while seeing 1,039 shots against him in 20,090 career minutes. He is the owner of a save percentage of 67.6 and his shutout rate is currently 22.5%. He has conceded 1.58 goals per 90 while earning a record of 77-48-99. In his pro soccer career, Shuttleworth has allowed 352 goals and has accounted for 694 stops in 222 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Nashville (-150)
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