New York City FC vs D.C. United Prediction, 10/23/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York City FC vs D.C. United
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Location: Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY
Odds/Point Spread: New York City (-169) D.C. (+330)
Yankee Stadium is the venue where Julian Gressel and D.C. United (12-5-13, 7th in Eastern Conference) will play New York City FC (11-8-11, 8th in Eastern Conference) on Saturday. The starting goalkeepers will be Sean Johnson for New York City FC and Bill Hamid for D.C. United. NYCFC is priced at -169 while the Black-and-Red are at +330. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
New York City faced Atlanta in their last match and walked away with a draw with a final of 1-1. NYCFC tried 7 dribbles in this outing and were successful in 5 of those attempts for a rate of 71.4%. In the passing game, they earned a 86.0% received passes rate by completing 356 out of their 414 passing targets in their last outing.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, New York City walked away from the pitch at a 30.8% rate by landing 4 shots on target of 13 total shots. New York City is averaging 1.47 goals per 90 min (44 total goals) and have earned 31 assists in all matches for the year.
Jesus Medina is a guy who can be a difference maker for New York City FC. Medina has had a starting assignment in 132 matches thus far in his career and he scores 0.31 goals per 90 minutes. The forward hailing from Paraguay has tallied 39 goals in 11,319 mins played. He has totaled 9 assists while tallying 18 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career.
Another guy who could decide the outcome is Valentin Castellanos, the forward representing Argentina. Castellanos has been on the pitch for 7,610 mins in 85 career starts and has been given 31 yellow cards. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 15 times so far in his career while scoring 34 goals. He sports an average of 0.40 G/90 so far in his pro soccer career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for New York City FC will be Sean Johnson. Johnson has defended the goal for 28,506 minutes and has accumulated 973 stops during his soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.32 (419 total goals surrendered) and he has a save % of 70.8. The goalie born in the United States has had 1,377 shots tried against him in 317 starts. Johnson (122-92-103 mark during his soccer career) has tallied 74 shutouts, which has earned him a 23.3% shutout percentage.
When they last stepped on the pitch, D.C. walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 3-2 against New England. The Black-and-Red finished the match with a 55.6% successful dribble percentage by converting 5 of the 9 dribbles they pursued. They finished the contest by completing 329 out of their 415 pass attempts earning a percentage of 79.3%. D.C. had 9 shots on target out of their 20 shots attempted which had them at a 45.0% clip in their last outing. Having earned a total of 50 goals and 35 assists in all competitions, D.C. sports an average of 1.67 goals and 1.17 assists per 90 min.
Julian Gressel should provide a lift for D.C. United. The defender who is from Germany has been on the pitch for 11,781 minutes while scoring 19 goals. He has totaled 16 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 42 times. He is averaging 0.15 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 134 matches in his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Ola Kamara, the forward representing Norway. Kamara has been handed 12 yellow card cautions in 21,926 professional minutes played (236 starts). His goals per 90 minute average during his career is 0.54. He has accounted for 131 goals during his soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 27 different times.
Bill Hamid will look after the net for D.C. United. Hamid has accumulated 77 shutouts and has seen 1,243 shots against him in 23,665 mins in his career. He is the owner of a save % of 73.8 and his clean sheet rate sits at 28.9%. He has surrendered 1.27 goals per 90 mins and he has a record of 98-68-97. During his pro soccer career, Hamid has conceded 335 goals and has racked up 913 stops in 266 starts.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New York City (-169)
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