Philadelphia Union vs New York City FC Prediction, 5/1/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia Union vs New York City FC
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Location: Subaru Park in Chester, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (-105) New York City (+250)
Alejandro Bedoya and the Philadelphia Union (0-1-1, 10th in Eastern Conference) play New York City FC (1-0-1, 4th in Eastern Conference) at Subaru Park on Saturday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Andre Blake for the Philadelphia Union and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. NYCFC is priced at +250 while the Zolos are at -105. The over/under has been set at 2.5.
Philadelphia faced Miami in their last match and went home with a loss by a final score of 2-1. When talking about passing the ball, they had a 84.8% received passes percentage by connecting on 407 out of their 480 pass targets last game. The Zolos attempted 13 dribbles in this outing and were able to convert 7 of those attempts for a rate of 53.8%. In terms of shooting accuracy, Philadelphia wrapped this game up at a 15.4% rate by putting 2 shots on target of 13 total shots. Philadelphia is averaging 0.50 goals per 90 (1 total goals) and have accounted for 1 assist in all matches for the year.
Alejandro Bedoya is a player who can be a difference maker for the Philadelphia Union. He has 33 assists while accumulating 66 yellow card cautions so far in his career. Bedoya has started 267 matches so far in his career and accounts for 0.14 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in the United States has totaled 39 goals in 24,302 mins played. One more guy who could decide who wins is Kacper Przybylko, the forward representing Germany. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 19 times in his career while scoring 46 total goals. Przybylko has been on the pitch for 10,852 minutes during 117 starts and has been given 10 yellow cards. He scores 0.38 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career.
The guy defending the goal for Philadelphia Union is Andre Blake. Blake (59-33-55 mark in his professional soccer career) has earned 40 clean sheets, which gives him a 27.2% shutout rate. The keeper hailing from Jamaica has seen 657 shots tried against him in 147 starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.41 (206 total goals surrendered) and his save percentage is 71.1. Blake has seen the pitch for a total of 13,193 minutes and has earned 465 saves in his career.
In their last outing, New York City got the victory with a final of 5-0 against Cincinnati. NYCFC earned a 63.2% successful dribble rate by connecting on 12 out of the 19 dribbles they tried. They finished the contest by connecting on 412 out of their 479 passing tries for a rate of 86.0%. New York City converted 10 shots on goal out of the team's 22 shots tried giving them a 45.5% clip in their last outing. Having a total of 5 goals and 4 assists in all their matches, New York City has an average of 2.50 goals and 2.00 assists per 90 minutes.
Jesus Medina will be someone to watch for New York City FC. The forward hailing from Paraguay has accumulated 9,472 professional minutes while he has scored 33 goals. He has totaled 12 yellow card warnings in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 7 times. He scores 0.31 goals per 90 minutes and has been given a starting assignment in 109 matches so far in his career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Valentin Castellanos, the forward hailing from Argentina. Castellanos has been handed a total of 25 yellow cards in 5,367 minutes played (59 career starts). His goals per 90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.39. He has scored 23 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 9 times.
Sean Johnson will be looking after the net for New York City FC. Johnson has totaled 68 clean sheets while he has seen 1,290 shots against him in 26,436 career mins. He has earned a save percentage of 70.9 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 23.1%. He has given up 1.33 goals per 90 mins while earning a record of 115-84-95. So far in his career, Johnson has conceded 392 goals and has earned 912 saves in 294 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-105)
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