Orlando City SC vs Philadelphia Union Prediction, 7/22/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando City SC vs Philadelphia Union
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021
Location: Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+115) Philadelphia (+187)
Tesho Akindele and Orlando City (6-4-3, 3rd in Eastern Conference) play the Philadelphia Union (6-5-3, 2nd in Eastern Conference) at Exploria Stadium on Thursday. The goaltenders protecting the net are Pedro Gallese for Orlando City and Matt Freese for the Philadelphia Union. The odds on this game have Orlando City coming in at +115 and the Zolos are at +187. The total has been set at 3.
Orlando took the field against Toronto in their most recent match and finished with a draw by a score of 1-1. In regard to passing, they ended the game with a 85.6% passes received rate by completing 423 out of their 494 targeted passes last contest. The Lions attempted 9 dribbles in this contest and were successful in 3 of those dribbles for a rate of 33.3%.
In regard to shooting accuracy, Orlando wrapped this game up at a 44.4% rate by landing 4 shots on target out of 9 total shots. Orlando averages 1.62 goals per 90 (21 total goals) and have racked up 17 assists in all matches for the year.
Tesho Akindele is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Orlando City. Akindele has been a starter in 107 games in his career and has 0.35 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Canada has totaled 40 goals scored in 10,355 minutes. He has totaled 13 assists while tallying 11 yellow cards during his soccer career. One more guy who could decide who wins is Nani, the forward hailing from Cape Verde. Nani has 26,474 mins in 297 starting assignments and has earned himself 54 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 87 times in his career while he has scored 89 goals. He is averaging 0.30 goals per 90 mins so far in his pro soccer career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Orlando City SC is Pedro Gallese. Gallese (51-39-53 record during his soccer career) has recorded 32 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 22.1% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper from Peru has faced 254 shots tried against him in 145 starts. His GA/90 is 1.48 (146 total goals surrendered) and he has earned a save percentage of 70.1. Gallese has been on the pitch for 12,891 minutes and has tallied 174 stops so far in his career.
In their last game, Philadelphia went home victorious with a score of 2-1 against D.C.. They finished the match by connecting on 240 of the 304 passing attempts earning a percentage of 78.9%. The Zolos finished the match with a 57.9% successful dribble rate by completing 11 of the 19 dribbles they attempted. Philadelphia landed 4 shots on target out of the team's 11 shots attempted which gave them a 36.4% rate in their last outing. Having accumulated 17 goals and 13 assists in all their contests, Philadelphia is averaging 1.21 goals and 0.93 assists per 90.
Alejandro Bedoya should be someone to watch for Philadelphia Union. He averages 0.14 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 278 games so far in his career. The forward representing the United States has been on the field for 25,259 mins while earning 39 goals. He has accumulated 68 yellow card cautions so far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 33 times. Make sure to watch out for Kacper Przybylko, the forward representing Germany. He has tallied 50 goals so far in his career while helping on a goal 20 times. Przybylko has been given a total of 11 yellow cards in 11,754 minutes played (126 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.38.
Matt Freese is expected to look after the goal for Philadelphia Union. During his professional soccer career, Freese has conceded 40 goals and has tallied 71 saves in 22 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.91 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 6-6-10. He is the owner of a save percentage of 65.4 and his clean sheet rate is 27.3%. Freese has recorded 6 shutouts while defending 107 shots tried against him in 1,888 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Philadelphia (+187)
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