Orlando City SC vs Atlanta United FC Prediction, 7/30/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando City SC vs Atlanta United FC
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021
Location: Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (-139) Atlanta (+320)
Benji Michel and Orlando City (7-4-4, 3rd in Eastern Conference) host Atlanta United (2-8-5, 10th in Eastern Conference) at Exploria Stadium on Friday. The starting goalies are Pedro Gallese for Orlando City and Alec Kann for Atlanta United. The moneyline on this matchup has Orlando City priced at -139 and the 5 Stripes are at +320. The over/under opens at 2.5.
Orlando played New York City in their most recent game and took a loss by a score of 5-0. The Lions attempted 12 dribbles in this matchup and converted 8 of the attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. In the passing game, they had a 79.1% passes received percentage by converting 258 of the 326 targeted passes last contest.
In regard to shooting accuracy, Orlando finished the game at a 60.0% clip by hitting 3 shots on target of 5 shots. Orlando has an average of 1.53 goals per 90 min (23 total goals) and are sitting with 19 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Benji Michel is a player who should be able to impact this game for Orlando City. He has 5 assists while earning 3 yellow cards during his career. Michel has been a starter in 24 contests so far in his career and tallies 0.46 goals per 90 minutes. The forward representing Haiti has 13 goals scored in 2,533 professional minutes played. Another player who should impact this match is Nani, the forward representing Cape Verde. He has assisted on a goal 88 times during his career and he has scored 89 total goals. Nani has accumulated 26,556 minutes during 298 career starting assignments and has been handed 54 yellow card cautions. He sports an average of 0.30 G/90 so far in his career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Orlando City SC is Pedro Gallese. Gallese (52-39-54 mark in his professional soccer career) has earned 32 shutouts, which gives him a 21.8% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from Peru has faced 273 shots tried at him in 147 career starting assignments. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.51 (152 goals given up) and he is the owner of a save percentage of 70.0. Gallese has played for 13,071 minutes and is sitting with 187 saves thus far in his career.
The last time they took the pitch, Atlanta walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 1-0 against Columbus. They finished this game by completing 448 out of their 518 passing attempts earning a percentage of 86.5%. The 5 Stripes finished with a 50.0% successful dribble rate by connecting on 10 of the 20 dribbles they tried. Atlanta connected on 5 shots on target out of their 19 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 26.3% rate in their last game. Having accumulated 12 goals and 8 assists in all matches, Atlanta averages 0.80 goals and 0.53 assists per 90 minutes.
Marcelino Moreno will need to provide a lift for Atlanta United FC. He currently averages 0.10 G/90 and has been a starter in 94 matches so far in his career. The forward from Argentina has been on the field for 8,095 professional minutes while scoring 9 goals. He has accumulated 9 yellow cards during his soccer career and has assisted on a goal 11 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Josef Martinez, the forward hailing from Venezuela. Martinez has been handed a total of 13 yellow card cautions in 13,815 mins (156 starting assignments). His G/90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.63. He has earned 97 goals during his soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 16 times.
Alec Kann will reside in front of the net for Atlanta United FC. In his career, Kann has conceded 114 goals and has 276 stops in 83 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.38 goals per 90 mins while earning a record of 28-23-32. He sports a save % of 72.5 and his clean sheet rate sits at 19.3%. Kann has racked up 16 shutouts while defending 385 shots against him in 7,412 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Orlando (-139)
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