Orlando City SC vs New York City FC Prediction, 5/8/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando City SC vs New York City FC
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Location: Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+137) New York City (+155)
Exploria Stadium is the site where Jesus Medina and New York City FC (2-0-1, 2nd in Eastern Conference) will take on Orlando City (1-2-0, 3rd in Eastern Conference) on Saturday. The goalies who are expected to start are Pedro Gallese for Orlando City and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. The moneyline on this contest has Orlando City priced at +137 and NYCFC is at +155. The over/under has been set at 2.5.
Orlando played Cincinnati in their last match and went home with a win by a final score of 3-0. The Lions attempted 15 dribbles in this game and converted 11 of those attempts for a rate of 73.3%. When discussing the passing game, they had a 92.1% passes received percentage by completing 480 of the 521 targeted passes last match. In relation to shooting accuracy, Orlando finished the game at a 23.8% rate by putting 5 shots on target of 21 shots. Orlando sports an average of 1.33 goals per 90 min (4 total goals) and have accumulated 3 assists in all matches for the season.
Nani is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Orlando City. Nani has been in the starting lineup in 290 matchups during his pro soccer career and tallies 0.29 goals per 90 minutes. The forward representing Cape Verde has tallied 84 goals scored in 25,856 mins. He has accounted for 84 assists while tallying 52 yellow card cautions in his career. Another player who could decide the outcome is Chris Mueller, the forward born in the United States. Mueller has earned 5,078 mins in 58 career starts and has been handed a total of 4 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 15 times so far in his pro soccer career while scoring 18 goals. He currently averages 0.32 goals per 90 mins so far in his pro soccer career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Orlando City SC will be Pedro Gallese. Gallese (49-37-52 mark in his professional soccer career) has earned 30 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 21.4% clean sheet percentage. The keeper from Peru has seen 234 shots attempted against him in 140 starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.51 (142 total goals conceded) and he holds a save % of 68.8. Gallese has seen the pitch for 12,441 minutes and is sitting with 157 stops thus far in his career.
For their last match, New York City got the victory with a final of 2-0 against Philadelphia. NYCFC finished with a 76.5% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 13 of the 17 dribbles they pursued. They finished the match by connecting on 656 out of their 728 attempted passes for a percentage of 90.1%. New York City connected on 7 shots on target out of 23 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 30.4% clip in their last game. With 7 goals and 5 assists in all their games, New York City is averaging 2.33 goals and 1.67 assists per 90 minutes.
Jesus Medina should provide solid play for New York City FC. The forward who is from Paraguay has been on the field for 9,561 mins while scoring 34 goals. He has earned 12 yellow card cautions so far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 7 times. He is currently averaging 0.32 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 110 contests during his pro soccer career. You should also watch out for Valentin Castellanos, the forward born in Argentina. Castellanos has earned himself a total of 25 yellow card warnings in 5,457 mins played (60 career starting assignments). His G/90 average so far in his career is 0.40. He has earned 24 goals during his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 9 different times.
Sean Johnson will be residing in front of the goal for New York City FC. Johnson has racked up 69 clean sheets and has defended 1,290 shots tried against him in 26,526 minutes throughout his career. He is the owner of a save % of 70.9 and his shutout rate is currently at 23.4%. He has allowed 1.33 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a mark of 116-84-95. So far in his pro soccer career, Johnson has surrendered 392 goals and has earned 912 stops in 295 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New York City (+155)
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