Colorado Rapids vs Sporting KC Expert MLS Picks Against the Spread 9/21/2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Children's Mercy Park
Kei Kamara and the Colorado Rapids (10-6-15, 10th in the Western Conference) travel to Children's Mercy Park on Saturday where they'll meet Sporting KC (10-7-13, 9th in the Western Conference). The probable starting goaltenders are Tim Howard for the Colorado Rapids and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. The line on this matchup has the Colorado Rapids coming in at +390 and Sporting Kansas City is at -190. The over/under opens at 3.
The Colorado Rapids step onto the pitch with a mark of 10 victories, 6 draws, and 15 defeats which puts them at 10th in the Western Conference. So far this year, they have converted a total of 50 goals which has them sitting at 2nd in the West and 5th in the league. Their goal differential is -7, which puts them at 18th in the league. The Colorado Rapids will look to get teammates more involved in this matchup as they currently have a total of 31 assists, which has them sitting at 14th in the league and 8th in the West. When discussing shots on target, they currently have a total of 156 which has them sitting at 4th in the West and 7th in the league. As a unit, Colorado has a total of 381 fouls which means they are averaging 12.29 fouls per contest. They currently have a total of 36 points for this season and they are averaging a crowd of 14,155.
Kei Kamara is a top player to watch for the Rapids. The forward from Sierra Leone has appeared in 26 games this year and has played a total of 2,270 minutes. In that time, the 34-year-old has tallied 11 goals and has had an assist on 1 goal. He is averaging 87 minutes per game. Kamara has been a starter in 26 games this year and has a total of 38 fouls during that period. Concerning shots on target, Kamara has earned 35 which ranks him 5th in MLS and 4th in the West among forwards. Andre Shinyashiki is another player to watch out for on the team from Colorado. The 23-year-old from Brazil has netted 7 goals this year which is 20th in the West among forwards and 45th among all players in professional soccer. He has played 1,477 minutes and is averaging 53 mins per game. So far this season, he has earned 19 shots on target which is 19th in the West among forwards.
The goaltender for the Rapids is Tim Howard from the United States. He is 39 years old and has racked up 1,980 mins in net for the season. Howard is surrendering an average of 1.95 goals per 90 mins which puts him at 16th among Western Conference goalies and 37th in Major League Soccer among goalies. For the 2019 campaign, he's surrendered 43 goals. His save percentage is .613 which puts him at 17th among Western Conference goalies.
Sporting KC will be standing on the other sideline and for the current year they have 10 wins, 7 draws, and 13 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they are sitting 11th in the West and 21st in MLS with -10. They have a total of 42 goals for the year which ranks 10th in the West. Kansas City has a save percentage as a team of .654 which has them sitting 15th in MLS, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They have an average attendance of 18,671 which is good for 8th in the West.
One of the stars for Sporting KC is Yohan Croizet. The 26 year-old has delivered 3 balls past the goalie. He is ranked 19th among defenders in the Western Conference in assists with 1 and has earned 12 shots on target for the year. He has played 1,091 minutes and has an average of 55 minutes per appearance. Another name to know on this squad is Ilie Sánchez. The midfielder from Spain has tallied 2 goals for the season which puts him at 28th in the Western Conference among midfielders. He also has committed 25 fouls.
In net for Sporting KC is Tim Melia
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Colorado (+390)
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