San Jose Earthquakes vs Chicago Fire Prediction, 7/3/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose Earthquakes vs Chicago Fire
Date: Sunday, July 3, 2022
Location: PayPal Park in San Jose, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: San Jose (-111) Chicago (+270)
Xherdan Shaqiri and the Chicago Fire (3-5-8, 14th in Eastern Conference) are headed to PayPal Park on Sunday where they'll take on the San Jose Earthquakes (3-6-7, 14th in Western Conference). The starting goalkeepers are JT Marcinkowski for the San Jose Earthquakes and Gabriel Slonina for the Chicago Fire. The Earthquakes are priced at -111 while the Fire are at +270. The over/under is set at 2.75.
San Jose faced off with Salt Lake in their most recent game and ended up losing by a score of 2-0. In regard to passing, they earned a 92.8% passes received percentage by connecting on 479 out of their 516 passing targets in their last game. The Earthquakes tried 16 dribbles in this matchup and were successful in 10 of the tries for a rate of 62.5%.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, San Jose walked away from the pitch at a 14.3% rate by putting 1 shot on target of 7 total shots. San Jose sports an average of 1.56 goals per 90 min (25 goals in total) and have accumulated 18 assists in all contests for this campaign.
Cristian Espinoza is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for the San Jose Earthquakes. Espinoza has been a starter in 137 matchups thus far in his career and accounts for 0.14 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Argentina has totaled 18 goals scored in 11,548 minutes played. He has 39 assists while earning 27 yellow card cautions thus far in his career.
One more player who could decide who wins is Jeremy Ebobisse, the forward who represents the United States. Ebobisse has played 8,829 minutes in 95 career starts and has been given 5 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 11 times during his career while he has scored 42 goals. He is currently averaging 0.43 G/90 so far in his career.
The man protecting the net for San Jose Earthquakes will be JT Marcinkowski. Marcinkowski (38-29-37 mark in his career) has tallied 20 clean sheets, which gives him a 19.2% clean sheet rate. The goalie hailing from the United States has faced 509 shots attempted against him in 104 starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.60 (166 total goals given up) and he holds a save percentage of 69.4. Marcinkowski has seen the field for a total of 9,360 mins and is sitting with 358 stops during his pro soccer career.
In their last outing, Chicago took a defeat with a final score of 2-0 against Houston. The Fire ended the game with a 61.5% successful dribble percentage by completing 8 of the 13 dribbles they tried. They finished this game by converting 384 of the 431 passes they tried for a rate of 89.1%. Chicago connected on 4 shots on goal out of their 17 shots tried which had them at a 23.5% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. With a total of 14 goals and 10 assists in all competitions, Chicago averages 0.87 goals and 0.62 assists per 90 minutes.
Xherdan Shaqiri should provide solid play for Chicago Fire. The forward representing Switzerland has earned 19,862 mins while scoring 57 goals. He has tallied 38 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 54 times. He currently averages 0.26 G/90 and has been a starter in 230 matches during his career. You should also keep an eye on Jonathan Bornstein, the defender who represents the United States. He has totaled 12 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 9 different times. Bornstein has been given 20 yellow card cautions in 21,920 professional minutes played (245 starts). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.05.
Gabriel Slonina will be looking after the net for Chicago Fire. During his professional soccer career, Slonina has surrendered 36 goals and has accounted for 69 saves in 25 starts. He has conceded 1.44 goals per 90 minutes and he has a record of 5-8-12. He is the owner of a save percentage of 68.4 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 36.0%. Slonina has recorded 9 shutouts and has seen 98 shots against him in 2,250 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (+270)
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