Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew Prediction, 7/9/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew
Date: Saturday, July 9, 2022
Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+125) Columbus (+210)
Jonathan Bornstein and the Chicago Fire (3-5-8, 14th in Eastern Conference) host the Columbus Crew (4-6-5, 12th in Eastern Conference) at Soldier Field on Saturday. The starting goalies are Gabriel Slonina for the Chicago Fire and Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew. The Fire are priced at +125 while the Crew are at +210. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Chicago faced off with San Jose in their most recent game and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-1. When talking about passing the ball, they finished with a 82.7% received passes percentage by converting 249 of the 301 targeted passes in their last match. The Fire attempted 7 dribbles in this match and converted 2 of the dribbles for a rate of 28.6%.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Chicago walked away from the pitch at a 33.3% rate by putting 6 shots on target out of 18 total shots. Chicago averages 0.89 goals per 90 minutes (16 goals in total) and have accounted for 12 assists in all competitions for the year.
Jonathan Bornstein is a guy who can be a difference maker for the Chicago Fire. He has totaled 9 assists while accumulating 20 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career. Bornstein has been in the starting lineup in 245 games so far in his career while he scores 0.05 goals per 90. The defender from the United States has recorded 12 goals in 21,920 mins played.
Another guy who should impact this match is Xherdan Shaqiri, the forward who represents Switzerland. Shaqiri has totaled 19,862 mins in 230 starts and has been given a total of 38 yellow cards. He has helped on a goal 54 times in his career and he has scored 57 total goals. He is averaging 0.26 goals per 90 mins during his career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Chicago Fire will be Gabriel Slonina. Slonina has defended the goal for a total of 2,250 mins and has earned 69 saves so far in his pro soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.44 (36 goals conceded) and he is the owner of a save percentage of 68.4. The keeper born in the United States has faced 98 shots tried at him in 25 career starting assignments. Slonina (5-8-12 record during his career) has totaled 9 shutouts, which has earned him a 36.0% shutout rate.
The last time they took the field, Columbus earned the draw by finishing with a tally of 0-0 against Philadelphia. The Crew finished with a 46.2% successful dribble rate by completing 6 out of the 13 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 477 out of their 521 passing tries for a rate of 91.6%. Columbus converted 4 shots on goal out of 16 shots attempted which had them at a 25.0% clip when they last took the field. With 20 goals and 13 assists in all their matches, Columbus averages 1.18 goals and 0.76 assists per 90 minutes.
Derrick Etienne will be someone to watch for Columbus Crew. The forward hailing from the United States has been on the field for 10,002 mins and he has scored 24 goals. He has collected 13 yellow cards in his career and has assisted on a goal 24 times. He scores 0.22 goals per 90 and has been given a starting assignment in 110 games in his career. Be sure to watch out for Miguel Berry, the forward hailing from Spain. Berry has been given 1 yellow card cautions in 2,609 minutes (31 career starts). His goals per 90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.55. He has tallied 16 goals thus far in his career while assisting on a goal 4 times.
Eloy Room will reside in front of the goal for Columbus Crew. Room has accumulated 53 shutouts while seeing 1,095 shots against him in 21,351 minutes throughout his career. He sports a save percentage of 72.4 and his shutout rate is currently at 22.6%. He has conceded 1.34 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a record of 92-62-83. During his professional soccer career, Room has conceded 319 goals while totaling 783 saves in 235 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago (+125)
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