Nashville SC vs D.C. United Prediction, 8/15/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville SC vs D.C. United
Date: Sunday, August 15, 2021
Location: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Nashville (-120) D.C. (+333)
Ola Kamara and D.C. United (8-3-7, 6th in Eastern Conference) travel to Nissan Stadium on Sunday where they'll take on Nashville SC (6-10-2, 5th in Eastern Conference). The goalies protecting the net will be Joe Willis for Nashville SC and Jon Kempin for D.C. United. The Black-and-Red are priced at +333 while Nashville SC are at -120. The total has been set at 2.5.
Nashville stepped onto the pitch against Miami in their last matchup and went home with a loss by a final score of 2-1. Nashville SC tried 19 dribbles in this match and converted 7 of those tries for a rate of 36.8%. In regard to passing, they ended the game with a 86.6% rate by connecting on 350 out of their 404 passing targets in their last game.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Nashville walked away from the pitch at a 25.0% clip by putting 2 shots on target of 8 shots. Nashville averages 1.44 goals per 90 minutes (26 total goals) and are sitting with 20 assists in all matches this season.
C.J. Sapong is a guy who should impact this matchup for Nashville SC. He has 24 assists while accumulating 19 yellow cards in his career. Sapong has been a starter in 227 contests so far in his pro soccer career while he scores 0.34 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in the United States has recorded 78 goals in 20,702 professional minutes played.
Another player who could decide the outcome is Hany Mukhtar, the forward born in Germany. Mukhtar has been on the field for 11,933 mins in 132 career starting assignments and has been given 19 yellow card cautions. He has helped on a goal 33 times during his soccer career and he has scored 36 goals. He averages 0.27 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The man who will protect the net for Nashville SC is Joe Willis. Willis (58-51-62 record in his career) has totaled 42 clean sheets, which gives him a 24.9% shutout rate. The goalkeeper from the United States has faced 742 shots attempted against him in 169 career starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.40 (239 goals allowed) and he holds a save % of 70.4. Willis has seen the pitch for a total of 15,399 mins and is sitting with 518 saves thus far in his career.
For their last match, D.C. took home the win by a final score of 2-1 against Montreal. The Black-and-Red finished with a 53.3% successful dribble rate by connecting on 8 of the 15 dribbles they pursued. They finished the match by connecting on 386 out of their 461 passes they tried earning a rate of 83.7%. D.C. had 8 shots on target out of their 18 shots tried which had them sitting at a 44.4% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having earned a total of 26 goals and 20 assists for all their matches, D.C. is averaging 1.44 goals and 1.11 assists per 90 min.
Ola Kamara will need to provide a lift for D.C. United. The forward hailing from Norway has been on the field for 21,031 minutes while earning 124 goals. He has collected 12 yellow cards during his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 24 times. He has an average of 0.53 G/90 and has had a starting assignment in 225 games in his pro soccer career. Make sure to watch out for Yamil Asad, the midfielder representing Argentina. Asad has been handed a total of 23 yellow cards in 9,969 mins (113 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average thus far in his career is 0.23. He has scored 25 goals thus far in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 23 times.
Jon Kempin is expected to look after the goal for D.C. United. During his career, Kempin has allowed 113 goals and has 235 stops in 81 starts. He has surrendered 1.41 goals per 90 mins while earning a mark of 29-16-34. He sports a save percentage of 68.7 and his clean sheet rate is 22.2%. Kempin has tallied 18 shutouts and has seen 345 shots attempted against him in 7,227 career mins.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Nashville (-120)
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