Nashville SC vs Orlando City SC Prediction, 8/18/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville SC vs Orlando City SC
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Location: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Nashville (+100) Orlando (+240)
Hany Mukhtar and Nashville SC (7-10-2, 3rd in Eastern Conference) play Orlando City (8-6-4, 4th in Eastern Conference) at Nissan Stadium on Wednesday. The starting goaltenders will be Joe Willis for Nashville SC and Mason Stajduhar for Orlando City. The Lions are priced at +240 while Nashville SC are at +100. The over/under opens at 2.5.
Nashville played D.C. in their last game and took home the win by a score of 5-2. In regard to passing, they finished this match with a 86.3% passes received rate by connecting on 383 of the 444 passing attempts last game. Nashville SC tried 12 dribbles in this outing and were able to convert 6 of those attempts for a percentage of 50.0%.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Nashville finished the game at a 29.4% rate by hitting 5 shots on target of 17 total shots. Nashville sports an average of 1.63 goals per 90 min (31 goals in total) and are sitting with 23 assists in all matches this season.
Hany Mukhtar is a guy who should impact this matchup for Nashville SC. Mukhtar has had a starting assignment in 133 matchups in his career and tallies 0.28 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Germany has earned 37 goals scored in 12,017 professional minutes. He has totaled 34 assists while tallying 19 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career.
Another player who could decide the outcome is C.J. Sapong, the forward representing the United States. Sapong has been on the pitch for 20,785 mins in 228 starting assignments and has been given 19 yellow cards. He has helped on a goal 24 times in his pro soccer career and he has scored 80 goals. He sports an average of 0.35 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career.
The man defending the goal for Nashville SC will be Joe Willis. Willis (59-51-62 mark in his career) has 42 shutouts, which has earned him a 24.7% clean sheet percentage. The keeper from the United States has seen 746 shots sent in his direction in 170 starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.40 (241 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of 70.2. Willis has played for a total of 15,489 minutes and has tallied 520 stops in his career.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Orlando weren't able to secure a win with a final of 1-1 against Cincinnati. They wrapped up this match by converting 472 of the 546 passing tries earning a rate of 86.4%. The Lions finished with a 90.9% successful dribble rate by completing 10 of the 11 dribbles they attempted. Orlando connected on 5 shots on target out of 13 shots attempted which gave them a 38.5% clip in their last outing. Having earned a total of 28 goals and 23 assists for all their matches, Orlando averages 1.56 goals and 1.28 assists per 90 minutes.
Benji Michel will need to provide a spark for Orlando City SC. He is currently averaging 0.43 goals per 90 and has started 27 matches in his career. The forward born in Haiti has totaled 2,751 mins while he has scored 13 goals. He has 3 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 6 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Nani, the forward representing Cape Verde. He has tallied 91 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 90 different times. Nani has been handed a total of 54 yellow cards in 26,771 professional minutes played (300 career starts). His goals per 90 minute average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.31.
Mason Stajduhar will look after the net for Orlando City SC. Stajduhar has accumulated 2 clean sheets and has defended 83 shots attempted against him in 2,070 career minutes. He sports a save % of 57.8 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 8.7%. He has allowed 1.91 goals per 90 minutes while earning a mark of 4-9-10. During his pro soccer career, Stajduhar has allowed 44 goals while tallying 48 stops in 23 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Orlando (+240)
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