Chicago Fire vs New York City FC Prediction, 3/4/2023 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Fire vs New York City FC
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
TV: Apple TV - Free
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+157) New York City (+170) The Pigeons (16-7-11 last year) are en route to Soldier Field on Saturday where they will try to defeat the Fire (10-9-15 last season). NYCFC is priced at +170 and the Fire are at +157. The over/under has been set at 3. The starting goaltenders will be Chris Brady for Chicago and Luis Barraza for New York City.
The Fire sat at 13th in relation to xG with 47.0, and the xGA were sitting at 47.0. Chicago surrendered 48 goals while allowing 1.41 G/90, and their oppositition had 133 shots on target on them. The team's difference in goals was sitting at -9 with the help of 39 goals notched and 48 goals given up. They recorded 12 clean sheets, which gave them a % of 35.3% over the course of the prior season. Chicago recorded 86 SVs and had a save percentage of 67.7 over the course of last year. Chicago had a total of 86 yellow cards over the course of last season and 5 red cards. Last campaign, the team had an average of 1.15 points per fixture (39 points) and also ranked 22nd in MLS with 29 assists.
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New York City had 57 goals and this team's expected goals last year sat at 58.5. This club's goals against per 90 min was at 1.21 in addition to 80 saves, and they accumulated 14 clean sheets. On the campaign, NYCFC had a save rate of 66.4 (119 SoT against), and also sat at 5th in soccer with 55 points. New York City had a rank of 4th in regard to goals against having 41, and the team's difference in goals was at 16. New York City earned a clean sheet % of 41.2% during the previous year as well as 81 yellow cards. The Pigeons held an average of 1.62 pts per fixture while totaling 39 assists and 2 red cards.
The guy who will defend the goal for Chicago is Chris Brady. Brady (3-6-1 record in his career) has earned 4 shutouts, which leaves him with a 40.0% clean sheet percentage. The goalie born in the United States has faced 5 shots attempted at him in 10 starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 0.10 (1 total goals given up) and he has a save % of .800. Brady has seen the pitch for 900 minutes and has tallied 4 saves during his soccer career.
Luis Barraza is expected to look after the net for New York City. He has given up 1.38 goals per 90 mins while earning a record of 3-1-4. Barraza has accumulated 2 clean sheets while he has seen 25 shots against him in 720 career minutes. In his career, Barraza has allowed 11 goals and has tallied 14 saves in 8 starts. He sports a save % of .560 and his shutout rate is 25.0%.
Xherdan Shaqiri is a man who can be a force for Chicago. Shaqiri has been a starter in 245 outings during his soccer career and accounts for 0.26 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder from Switzerland has accumulated 61 goals in 21,115 professional minutes. He has totaled 58 assists while accumulating 40 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career.
New York City has an attacker in Gabriel Pereira, who defenders will be preparing in this game. He has earned 4 yellow card warnings so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 4 times. The forward representing Brazil has 2,900 professional minutes and has scored 10 goals. He scores 0.31 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 31 matches so far in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (+157)
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