Nashville SC vs New York City FC Prediction, 9/3/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville SC vs New York City FC
Date: Friday, September 3, 2021
Location: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Nashville (+173) New York City (+167)
C.J. Sapong and Nashville SC (8-11-2, 3rd in Eastern Conference) host New York City FC (10-4-6, 4th in Eastern Conference) at Nissan Stadium on Friday. The starting goaltenders are Joe Willis for Nashville SC and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. NYCFC is priced at +167 while Nashville SC are at +173. The over/under has been set at 2.5.
Nashville took the field against Atlanta in their last matchup and took home the win by a score of 2-0. Nashville SC attempted 13 dribbles in this matchup and were successful in 8 of the tries for a rate of 61.5%. When discussing the passing game, they ended up with a 90.9% passes received percentage by connecting on 329 of the 362 targeted passes in their last game.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Nashville finished the game at a 31.3% rate by putting 5 shots on target out of 16 total shots. Nashville is averaging 1.62 g/90 (34 total goals) and have accounted for 26 assists In all contests for the season.
C.J. Sapong is a guy who should be able to impact this game for Nashville SC. He has accounted for 24 assists while tallying 19 yellow card cautions thus far in his career. Sapong has been given a starting assignment in 230 outings so far in his career and has 0.35 goals per 90 minutes. The forward born in the United States has accumulated 81 goals scored in 20,942 mins.
Another player who could decide the outcome is Hany Mukhtar, the forward who represents Germany. Mukhtar has played 12,192 minutes in 135 starting assignments and has been given a total of 19 yellow card cautions. He has helped on a goal 35 times so far in his career and he has scored 37 goals. He averages 0.27 goals per 90 minutes during his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Nashville SC is Joe Willis. Willis has seen the pitch for a total of 15,669 minutes and has accumulated 524 stops during his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.39 (242 goals allowed) and his save percentage is 70.3. The goalkeeper from the United States has seen 751 shots sent his way in 172 career starts. Willis (60-52-62 mark in his career) has totaled 43 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 25.0% clean sheet rate.
When they last took the field, New York City got the victory with a final of 2-0 against New England. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 431 of the 495 passing tries earning a percentage of 87.1%. NYCFC ended the game with a 71.4% successful dribble rate by connecting on 5 out of the 7 dribbles they tried. New York City connected on 5 shots on goal out of 19 shots tried giving them a 26.3% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. With 35 goals and 25 assists in all their contests, New York City is averaging 1.75 goals and 1.25 assists per 90.
Valentin Castellanos should be someone to watch for New York City FC. The forward hailing from Argentina has played 6,906 mins while he has scored 31 goals. He has accumulated 28 yellow card cautions so far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 14 times. He sports an average of 0.40 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 77 contests so far in his pro soccer career. Make sure to watch out for Jesus Medina, the forward representing Paraguay. He has accumulated 38 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 8 different times. Medina has been given 16 yellow cards in 10,695 professional minutes (124 career starts). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.32.
Sean Johnson will be looking after the goal for New York City FC. So far in his career, Johnson has allowed 404 goals while tallying 942 saves in 307 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.32 goals per 90 mins while he holds a record of 121-88-98. He sports a save percentage of 70.9 and his shutout rate sits at 23.8%. Johnson has racked up 73 shutouts while defending 1,332 shots against him in 27,606 career mins.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Nashville (+173)
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