Sporting KC vs Minnesota United FC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 7/12/2020
Game: Sporting KC vs Minnesota United FC
Date: Sunday, July 12, 2020
Location: ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (+230) Minnesota (+110)
ESPN Sports Complex is the venue where Mason Toye and Minnesota United (2-0-0, 2nd in the Western Conference) will take on Sporting KC (2-0-0, 1st in the Western Conference) on Sunday. The expected starting goaltenders will be Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Tyler Miller for Minnesota United. The odds on this matchup have Sporting KC priced at +230 and the Loons are at +110. The total is set at 2.5.
Sporting KC comes into this game holding a record of 2 victories, 0 draws, and 0 losses putting them at 1st. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 7 goals which is 2nd in the Western Conference and 2nd in the league. Their goal differential is +6, putting them at 1st in the league. Sporting KC have compiled a total of 5 assists, which is 2nd in the league and 2nd in the Western Conference. In discussing shots on target, they have compiled a total of 12 which is 3rd in the Western Conference and 4th in the league. As a group, Kansas City has obtained a total of 25 fouls which has them averaging 12.5 fouls per contest. They have compiled a total of 6 points for 2019.
Johnny Russell is one of the best players to watch for Sporting KC. The midfielder from Scotland has engaged in 366 contests over the course of his professional soccer career and has totaled 24,626 minutes. During that period of time, the 28-year-old has connected on 84 goals and has had an assist on 47 goals. He's earned a career average of 67.3 minutes per appearance. Russell has started 366 games over the course of his career and has committed 163 fouls in that time. In terms of shots on target, Russell has a total of 223 in his pro soccer career which is 17th among all players still active and 4th in the West among midfielders. Roger Espinoza is another scorer to keep an eye on for the team from Kansas City. The 32-year-old from Honduras has a total of 10 goals in his pro soccer career which puts him at 45th in the Western Conference among midfielders and 208th when compared to all players still active in the league. He has played a total of 20,990 minutes over the course of his career which has him ranking 14th among active midfielders and averages 75.0 mins per game which has him ranked 207th in MLS. In his professional soccer career, he has produced 75 shots on target which has him sitting in 27th in the West among active midfielders.
Looking after the goal for Sporting KC is Tim Melia from the United States. He is 32 years old and has played a total of 15,280 mins defending the net for his career. Melia has allowed an average of 1.28 goals per 90 minutes which has him ranking 7th in the West and 14th among active goalies in Major League Soccer. Over the course of this career, he's given up 218 goals. His career save percentage is .717 which has him ranking 7th among active goalies in the Western Conference.
The Minnesota United FC is the team looking to add points to their total and for the 2019 season they sit with 2 wins, 0 draws, and 0 defeats. in respect to goal differential, they are currently sitting 2nd in the Western Conference and 2nd in MLS with +5. They currently have a total of 8 goals for the year which has them sitting at 1st in the Western Conference. Minnesota has a team save % of .857 which has them ranked 3rd in MLS, which tells us they are a tough team to score against.
One of the scorers to keep an eye on for the Loons is Mason Toye. The 20 year-old has delivered 7 balls past the goaltender in his career. He is 55th among active forwards in the West in assists with 2 and has produced 23 shots on target in his career. He has totaled 1,456 minutes and has an average of 37.3 minutes per appearance in his career. Another player to keep an eye on for this squad Osvaldo Alonso. The midfielder from Cuba has a total of 16 goals over the course of his pro soccer career which places him at 30th in the Western Conference among active midfielders. He also has totaled 484 fouls.
For LAFC to get the win, Miller will look to be solid in net. In goal for LAFC is Tyler Miller who has had a marginal career by allowing 1.39 goal per 90 minutes and that places him 12th in the West out of all goalkeepers still active and 27th in Major League Soccer. In the 8,789 minutes he's been on the field over the course of his career, he has surrendered 136 goals. His career save % is .695 which ranks him 13th among West goaltenders and 24th out of all goalkeepers still active in Major League Soccer.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kansas City (+230) and over 2.5 total goals
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