Chicago Fire vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Prediction, 8/30/2023 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Fire vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
TV: Apple TV
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+116) Vancouver (+214)
The Fire (8-8-9) will play the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (9-7-8) at Soldier Field on Wednesday. The Fire open at +116 and the Whitecaps are at +214. The over/under comes in at 2.5. The goaltenders protecting the net will be Chris Brady for Chicago and Yohei Takaoka for Vancouver.
The Chicago Fire have earned 83 SVs and also hold a save percentage of 73.9 so far this year. Their goal differential is currently at -5 by way of 32 goals scored and also 37 goals allowed. On the campaign, this squad averages 1.28 pts/match (32 pts) and also rank 17th in soccer with 22 assists. The Fire are ranked 24th in regard to goals expected with 26.9, and the xGA are at 37.1. Chicago has a total of 66 yellow card warnings this year in addition to 5 red cards. Chicago has surrendered 37 goals while allowing 1.48 goals per 90 minutes, and their oppositition have 119 shots on target against them. They have accumulated 7 shut outs, giving them a percentage of 28.0% so far this year.
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This season, the Whitecaps have a save rate of 64.6 (99 SoT against), and also rank 15th in MLS with 34 pts. The Whitecaps come in with an average of 1.42 points per match while sitting with 23 assists and 1 red card. Vancouver Whitecaps FC has recorded 41 goals and the squad's expected goals on the campaign is currently at 40.5. The Whitecaps have a clean sheet percentage of 20.8% this year and 50 yellow card warnings. The club's goals against per 90 minutes is at 1.46 with 64 saves, and they have tallied 5 clean sheets. Vancouver is 9th in goals conceded with 35, and the team's goal differential is coming in at 6.
The man who will defend the goal for Chicago will be Chris Brady. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.02 (31 total goals allowed) and he has earned a save % of .720. Brady (11-13-7 record during his career) has accumulated 10 clean sheets, which gives him a 32.3% shutout percentage. Brady has been on the field a total of 2,729 minutes and has 77 saves thus far in his career. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has had 107 shots attempted at him in 31 starting assignments.
Yohei Takaoka will be looking after the goal for Vancouver. So far in his career, Takaoka has allowed 94 goals and has totaled 138 saves in 64 starts. He has surrendered 1.47 goals per 90 mins while holding a mark of 26-17-21. He has a save percentage of .680 and his shutout rate sits at 20.3%. Takaoka has earned 13 clean sheets and has defended 203 shots attempted against him in 5,760 minutes in his career.
Kacper Przybylko is a member of the squad who can make a difference on the pitch for Chicago. He has totaled 24 assists while earning 16 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career. The forward from Poland has 67 goals in 15,776 minutes played. Przybyłko has started 173 games during his soccer career and scores 0.38 G/90.
Vancouver is being led onto the pitch by Sergio Cordova, who should keep defenses up at night. He has tallied 10 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 4 times. The forward from Venezuela has earned 6,567 professional minutes while scoring 21 goals. He sports an average of 0.29 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 65 matches in his pro soccer career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (+116)
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