Orlando City SC vs Chicago Fire Prediction, 8/21/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando City SC vs Chicago Fire
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021
Location: Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (-134) Chicago (+413)
Exploria Stadium is the venue where Luka Stojanovic and the Chicago Fire (5-5-10, 11th in Eastern Conference) will take on Orlando City (8-7-4, 5th in Eastern Conference) on Saturday. The goalies expected to start will be Mason Stajduhar for Orlando City and Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire. The Lions are priced at -134 while the Fire are at +413. The total is set at 3.
Orlando stepped onto the pitch against Cincinnati in their last game and walked away with a draw with a final of 1-1. When talking about passing the ball, they ended with a 86.4% passes received rate by connecting on 472 of the 546 pass attempts in their last outing. The Lions tried 11 dribbles in this match and successfully completed 10 of those attempts for a percentage of 90.9%.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Orlando finished at a 21.4% rate by landing 3 SoT of 14 total shots. Orlando is averaging 1.53 goals per 90 minutes (29 total goals) and have tallied 24 assists in all contests for the year.
Nani is a player who should be able to impact this match for Orlando City. Nani has been in the starting lineup in 300 matchups in his career while scoring 0.31 goals per 90. The forward from Cape Verde has totaled 91 goals scored in 26,771 minutes. He has accounted for 90 assists while tallying 54 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career.
Someone else who should impact this game is Benji Michel, the forward born in Haiti. He has helped on a goal 6 times in his career while scoring 13 total goals. Michel has accumulated 2,833 mins during 28 starts and has been handed a total of 3 yellow card cautions. He scores 0.41 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Orlando City SC will be Mason Stajduhar. Stajduhar (4-10-10 record during his career) has earned 2 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 8.3% clean sheet rate. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has had 87 shots tried against him in 24 career starts. His GA/90 is 1.87 (45 goals conceded) and he holds a save % of 58.6. Stajduhar has seen the pitch for a total of 2,160 minutes and has accumulated 51 saves during his pro soccer career.
In their last game, Chicago took a loss by a final score of 3-2 against Miami. The Fire had a 60.0% successful dribble percentage by completing 9 of the 15 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 306 of the 374 passes they attempted earning a rate of 81.8%. Chicago had 3 shots on target out of the team's 8 shots attempted which had them at a 37.5% rate in their last match. Having tallied 21 goals and 18 assists in all their matches, Chicago sports an average of 1.05 goals and 0.90 assists per 90 minutes.
Luka Stojanovic should provide a lift for Chicago Fire. He sports an average of 0.38 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 84 games during his career. The forward from Serbia has been on the field for 7,411 mins and he has scored 31 goals. He has accumulated 15 yellow card cautions in his career and has helped on a goal 5 times. Make sure to watch out for Robert Beric, the forward who is from Slovenia. He has collected 80 goals so far in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 16 times. Beric has been handed a total of 19 yellow cards in 13,909 mins (157 starts). His goals per 90 min average during his soccer career is 0.52.
Bobby Shuttleworth will look after the goal for Chicago Fire. So far in his career, Shuttleworth has given up 366 goals while earning 716 saves in 229 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.59 goals per 90 and he has a mark of 79-50-102. He has a save percentage of 67.4 and his clean sheet rate sits at 22.3%. Shuttleworth has accumulated 51 shutouts and defended 1,074 shots tried against him in 20,720 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago (+413)
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