Philadelphia Union vs D.C. United Prediction, 7/17/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia Union vs D.C. United
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021
Location: Subaru Park in Chester, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (-118) D.C. (+260)
Kacper Przybylko and the Philadelphia Union (5-5-3, 3rd in Eastern Conference) host D.C. United (5-1-6, 9th in Eastern Conference) at Subaru Park on Saturday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start will be Matt Freese for the Philadelphia Union and Bill Hamid for D.C. United. The Black-and-Red are priced at +260 while the Zolos are at -118. The O/U opens at 2.5.
Philadelphia faced New York in their last match and wrapped up with a draw by a score of 1-1. The Zolos attempted 22 dribbles in this match and were successful in 12 of the tries for a percentage of 54.5%. In regard to passing, they ended the game with a 78.1% passes received percentage by completing 292 of the 374 pass attempts in their last outing. In regard to shooting accuracy, Philadelphia ended this match at a 54.5% clip by putting 6 shots on target of 11 shots. Philadelphia is averaging 1.15 goals per 90 min (15 goals in total) and have 11 assists in all competitions for the season.
Kacper Przybylko is a guy who should impact this matchup for the Philadelphia Union. Przybylko has started 125 matchups so far in his career and he has earned 0.38 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Germany has racked up 49 goals in 11,664 mins played. He has 20 assists while tallying 11 yellow cards in his pro soccer career. One more player who could decide who wins is Alejandro Bedoya, the forward representing the United States. He has helped a teammate on a goal 33 times so far in his career while scoring 39 total goals. Bedoya has been on the field for 25,169 minutes in 277 starting assignments and has been handed 68 yellow card cautions. He sports an average of 0.14 goals per 90 mins for his career.
The man who will defend the goal for Philadelphia Union is Matt Freese. Freese (6-6-10 record during his soccer career) has accumulated 6 shutouts, which leaves him with a 27.3% clean sheet percentage. The keeper hailing from the United States has had 107 shots tried at him in 22 career starting assignments. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.91 (40 goals allowed) and he has a save % of 65.4. Freese has defended the goal for a total of 1,888 mins and has earned 71 stops in his career.
For their last outing, D.C. went home victorious with a score of 7-1 against Toronto. The Black-and-Red ended the game with a 43.8% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 7 out of the 16 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this contest by connecting on 360 of the 456 passes they attempted earning a rate of 78.9%. D.C. connected on 9 shots on goal out of the team's 20 shots attempted giving them a 45.0% rate in their last game. With 16 goals and 14 assists in all competitions, D.C. has an average of 1.33 goals and 1.17 assists per 90 minutes.
Ola Kamara will need to provide a lift for D.C. United. The forward representing Norway has accumulated 20,762 professional minutes and has scored 119 goals. He has collected 12 yellow card warnings thus far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 24 times. He scores 0.52 G/90 and has been in the starting lineup in 221 games during his career. You should also watch out for Julian Gressel, the defender hailing from Germany. Gressel has been handed 14 yellow cards in 10,310 minutes played (117 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average during his pro soccer career is 0.15. He has collected 17 goals during his career while assisting on a goal 36 different times.
Bill Hamid will be looking after the goal for D.C. United. Thus far in his career, Hamid has conceded 320 goals while earning 887 saves in 254 starts. He has surrendered 1.27 goals per 90 while earning a record of 93-65-93. He has a save percentage of 74.1 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 28.7%. Hamid has tallied 73 clean sheets while he has seen 1,203 shots against him in 22,659 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-118)
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