Sporting KC vs Chicago Fire Prediction, 9/11/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Chicago Fire
Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-182) Chicago (+350)
Luka Stojanovic and the Chicago Fire (6-5-11, 11th in Eastern Conference) go to Children's Mercy Park on Saturday where they'll take on Sporting KC (11-7-5, 3rd in Western Conference). The starting goaltenders are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Bobby Shuttleworth for the Chicago Fire. The moneyline on this contest has Sporting KC priced at -182 and the Fire are at +350. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
Kansas City played Los Angeles in their most recent match and went home with a loss by a final score of 4-0. When discussing the passing game, they ended the game with a 86.9% received passes rate by connecting on 504 of the 580 passing targets in their last match. Sporting KC tried 27 dribbles in this outing and were able to convert 14 of those tries for a rate of 51.9%.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Kansas City finished the game at a 44.4% rate by landing 4 shots on target out of 9 total shots. Kansas City has an average of 1.61 g/90 (37 goals in total) and have racked up 23 assists in all matches this season.
Alan Pulido is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Sporting KC. He has totaled 24 assists while accumulating 18 yellow card warnings in his career. Pulido has started 152 contests thus far in his career and tallies 0.44 goals per 90 mins. The forward who is from Mexico has earned 72 goals in 14,686 professional minutes.
Someone else who should impact this game is Johnny Russell, the forward hailing from Scotland. Russell has accumulated 27,477 minutes in 310 starting assignments and has been handed 28 yellow card cautions. He has helped on a goal 53 times during his career while scoring 94 goals. He currently averages 0.31 goals per 90 for his pro soccer career.
The man defending the goal for Sporting KC is Tim Melia. Melia (87-54-68 mark in his career) has 64 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 30.8% clean sheet rate. The keeper hailing from the United States has faced 889 shots attempted against him in 208 career starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.24 (258 goals conceded) and he holds a save % of 72.3. Melia has been on the pitch for 18,683 mins and has tallied 638 stops during his soccer career.
For their last game, Chicago went home victorious with a score of 1-0 against New York. They wrapped up this contest by converting 245 out of their 341 passes they attempted for a percentage of 71.8%. The Fire ended the game with a 55.6% successful dribble rate by completing 10 of the 18 dribbles they tried. Chicago converted 4 shots on target out of their 9 shots attempted giving them a 44.4% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having earned a total of 22 goals and 18 assists in all their matches, Chicago averages 1.00 goal and 0.82 assists per 90 minutes.
Luka Stojanovic should provide a spark for Chicago Fire. He scores 0.37 G/90 and has been given a starting assignment in 86 outings in his career. The forward hailing from Serbia has earned 7,583 minutes while scoring 31 goals. He has totaled 15 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted on a goal 5 times. You should also keep an eye on Robert Beric, the forward born in Slovenia. He has accumulated 81 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 16 different times. Beric has been given a total of 19 yellow card warnings in 14,081 mins played (159 starts). His G/90 average so far in his career is 0.52.
Bobby Shuttleworth will reside in front of the goal for Chicago Fire. During his professional soccer career, Shuttleworth has allowed 367 goals while totaling 720 saves in 231 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.58 goals per 90 minutes and he has a record of 80-50-103. He holds a save percentage of 67.5 and his clean sheet rate sits at 22.5%. Shuttleworth has recorded 52 clean sheets and has defended 1,079 shots against him in 20,900 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (+350)
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