Columbus Crew vs Chicago Fire Prediction, 9/20/2023 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Crew vs Chicago Fire
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Location: Lower.com Field in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Columbus (-179) Chicago (+430)
The Fire (8-9-11) are en route to Lower.com Field on Wednesday where they will play the Crew (13-6-9). The Fire are priced at +430 while the Crew are at -179. The total has been set at 2.5. The expected starting goaltenders are Patrick Schulte for Columbus and Chris Brady for Chicago.
The Columbus Crew have compiled 88 saves and they have earned a save % of 70.3 this season. Their goal differential is currently at 16 with the help of 57 goals accumulated and also 41 goals allowed. This season, this team holds an average of 1.61 pts/match (45 points) and also are 1st in soccer with 43 assists. The Crew sit at 2nd in the matter of goals expected with 46.1, and the squad's xGA are sitting at 34.8. Columbus has tallied 53 yellow cards this year and also 1 red card. Columbus has relinquished 41 goals while relinquishing 1.46 goals per 90 minutes, and opposing clubs have compiled 128 shots on target against them. They have accumulated 7 clean sheets, which puts them at a % of 25.0% the year.
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This year, Chicago has a save % of 72.5 (131 SoT against), and also are 22nd in soccer with 33 points. The Fire are averaging 1.18 pts per fixture while sitting with 22 assists and 5 red cards. The Chicago Fire have accounted for 32 goals and their xG so far this year is sitting at 29.5. Chicago has earned a clean sheet rate of 28.6% over the course of the season in addition to 70 yellow card warnings. The club's goals against per 90 minutes is at 1.50 with 91 saves, and they are sitting with 8 shutouts. Chicago is 24th concerning goals conceded with 42, and the squad's goal difference is at -10.
The man who will defend the goal for Columbus is Patrick Schulte. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.52 (38 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of .686. Schulte (12-5-8 record in his career) has accounted for 6 shutouts, which gives him a 24.0% clean sheet percentage. Schulte has played for 2,250 minutes and is sitting with 81 saves so far in his pro soccer career. The keeper hailing from the United States has seen 118 shots sent in his direction in 25 career starts.
Chris Brady will be residing in front of the net for Chicago. In his pro soccer career, Brady has given up 36 goals and has racked up 85 stops in 34 starting assignments. He has given up 1.08 goals per 90 minutes while holding a record of 11-14-9. He sports a save percentage of .714 and his shutout rate sits at 32.4%. Brady has accumulated 11 shutouts and defended 119 shots tried against him in 2,999 mins in his career.
Darlington Nagbe is a member of the squad who can help decide the match for Columbus. The midfielder hailing from the United States has earned 37 goals scored in 31,764 minutes. Nagbe has started 366 games so far in his career and has 0.10 goals per 90. He has totaled 33 assists while accumulating 18 yellow cards in his pro soccer career.
Chicago stars Kacper Przybylko, who pesters opposing defenses. The forward from Poland has totaled 15,776 mins while he has scored 67 goals. He scores 0.38 G/90 and has been in the starting lineup in 173 outings during his pro soccer career. He has 16 yellow cards during his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 24 times.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (+430)
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