Philadelphia Union vs New York City FC Prediction, 8/18/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia Union vs New York City FC
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Location: Subaru Park in Chester, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (+140) New York City (+155)
Subaru Park is the site where Jesus Medina and New York City FC (9-4-5, 2nd in Eastern Conference) will play the Philadelphia Union (7-7-5, 5th in Eastern Conference) on Wednesday. The goalies protecting the net are Andre Blake for the Philadelphia Union and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. The Zolos are priced at +140 while NYCFC is at +155. The over/under is set at 2.5.
Philadelphia played New England in their last matchup and ended up losing by a score of 2-1. When talking about passing the ball, they ended with a 87.2% received passes rate by connecting on 387 out of their 444 pass attempts last match. The Zolos tried 8 dribbles in this match and were able to convert 3 of those attempts for a percentage of 37.5%.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Philadelphia wrapped this game up at a 46.2% clip by hitting 6 shots on target of 13 total shots. Philadelphia is averaging 1.26 goals per 90 (24 goals in total) and have earned 18 assists in all games this season.
Alejandro Bedoya is a player who can be a difference maker for the Philadelphia Union. Bedoya has had a starting assignment in 282 matchups so far in his pro soccer career and he has earned 0.14 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in the United States has accumulated 39 goals in 25,635 mins. He has 33 assists while earning 68 yellow card warnings in his career.
Someone else who should impact this game is Kacper Przybylko, the forward hailing from Germany. He has helped a teammate on a goal 20 times during his soccer career and he has scored 52 goals. Przybylko has 12,142 minutes in 130 starts and has been given 11 yellow cards. He is averaging 0.39 G/90 for his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Philadelphia Union is Andre Blake. Blake (65-37-58 mark in his career) has accumulated 46 clean sheets, which has earned him a 28.8% shutout percentage. The keeper from Jamaica has faced 704 shots sent in his direction in 160 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.37 (218 goals given up) and he has a save % of 71.3. Blake has defended the goal for a total of 14,363 mins and has tallied 502 stops in his pro soccer career.
When they last played, New York City earned three points by winning 2-0 against Miami. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 402 of the 458 attempted passes for a rate of 87.8%. NYCFC had a 69.2% successful dribble rate by completing 9 out of the 13 dribbles they pursued. New York City converted 2 shots on target out of their 11 shots attempted which had them at a 18.2% rate in their last match. Having a total of 33 goals and 23 assists for all their matches, New York City is averaging 1.83 goals and 1.28 assists per 90.
Jesus Medina will need to provide a lift for New York City FC. He currently averages 0.32 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 122 games so far in his career. The forward hailing from Paraguay has totaled 10,542 professional minutes while he has scored 38 goals. He has 15 yellow cards in his career and has helped on a goal 8 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, the forward hailing from Switzerland. Tajouri-Shradi has earned himself a total of 8 yellow card warnings in 9,484 minutes (106 starts). His G/90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.37. He has accounted for 39 goals in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 20 different times.
Sean Johnson will reside in front of the goal for New York City FC. During his professional soccer career, Johnson has surrendered 403 goals while earning 940 stops in 305 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.32 goals per 90 while holding a record of 120-88-97. He is the owner of a save percentage of 70.9 and his shutout rate sits at 23.6%. Johnson has racked up 72 clean sheets while seeing 1,329 shots tried against him in 27,426 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Philadelphia (+140)
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