Toronto FC vs Nashville SC Prediction, 9/18/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto FC vs Nashville SC
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: BMO Field in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+132) Nashville (+170)
C.J. Sapong and Nashville SC (10-11-2, 2nd in Eastern Conference) go to BMO Field on Saturday where they'll take on Toronto FC (3-6-15, 14th in Eastern Conference). The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Alex Bono for Toronto FC and Joe Willis for Nashville SC. The odds on this contest have Toronto FC priced at +132 and Nashville SC are at +170. The over/under opens at 2.5.
Toronto faced Miami in their last game and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 1-0. In the passing game, they ended with a 86.8% passes received rate by connecting on 407 of the 469 targeted passes last match. TFC tried 18 dribbles in this game and completed 12 of the tries for a percentage of 66.7%.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Toronto finished at a 36.4% rate by hitting 4 SoT of 11 total shots. Toronto is averaging 1.04 goals per 90 minutes (25 goals in total) and have earned 18 assists In all contests for the season.
Michael Bradley is a player who should impact this matchup for Toronto FC. He has accounted for 36 assists while earning 80 yellow cards in his career. Bradley has been given a starting assignment in 399 matchups during his soccer career and he has earned 0.10 goals per 90. The midfielder who is from the United States has tallied 41 goals in 36,101 professional minutes.
One more guy who could decide who wins is Ifunanyachi Achara, the midfielder hailing from the United States. Achara has been on the pitch for 578 minutes during 6 starts and has earned himself no yellow cards. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 1 time during his pro soccer career while he has scored 2 goals. He sports an average of 0.31 goals per 90 mins during his pro soccer career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Toronto FC is Alex Bono. Bono has defended the goal for a total of 10,527 minutes and has earned 362 saves so far in his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.50 (176 total goals surrendered) and he has a save % of 69.7. The goalie from the United States has had 524 shots tried against him in 115 starting assignments. Bono (50-28-38 mark in his career) has recorded 24 shutouts, which leaves him with a 20.9% clean sheet percentage.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Nashville walked away with a victory by a final of 1-0 against Montreal. They wrapped up this outing by completing 333 of the 398 passes they attempted earning a percentage of 83.7%. Nashville SC finished the match with a 50.0% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 3 out of the 6 dribbles they pursued. Nashville connected on 8 shots on target out of the team's 13 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 61.5% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having earned a total of 37 goals and 29 assists in all their games, Nashville sports an average of 1.61 goals and 1.26 assists per 90.
C.J. Sapong should provide a spark for Nashville SC. The forward from the United States has accumulated 21,100 mins and has scored 81 goals. He has collected 19 yellow card cautions so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 25 times. He is currently averaging 0.35 goals per 90 minutes and has been given a starting assignment in 232 games in his pro soccer career. Be sure to watch out for Hany Mukhtar, the forward representing Germany. He has scored 39 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 36 different times. Mukhtar has earned himself 21 yellow card cautions in 12,364 professional minutes (137 career starts). His goals per 90 minute average during his pro soccer career is 0.28.
Joe Willis will reside in front of the goal for Nashville SC. In his pro soccer career, Willis has given up 243 goals and has accounted for 533 stops in 174 starts. He has allowed 1.38 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a record of 62-52-62. He sports a save % of 70.6 and his shutout rate is currently 25.3%. Willis has tallied 44 shutouts and defended 761 shots against him in 15,849 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto (+132)
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