Houston Dynamo vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC MLS Game Picks 9/14/2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019
BC Place Stadium
Tomás Martinez and the Houston Dynamo (9-4-15, 11th in the Western Conference) are headed to BC Place Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6-9-15, 12th in the Western Conference). The expected starting goalies are Joe Willis for the Houston Dynamo and Maxime Crépeau for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The moneyline on this matchup has the Houston Dynamo priced at +110 and the Whitecaps are at +115. The O/U opens at 3.
The Houston Dynamo head into this game holding a record of 9 wins, 4 draws, and 15 defeats which puts them at 11th in the Western Conference. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 35 goals which is good for 11th in the West and 21st in the league. Their goal differential is -11, which puts them at 21st in the league. The Houston Dynamo will look to get teammates more involved in this matchup as they have compiled a total of 29 assists which is good for 12th in the league and 6th in the West. In terms of shots on target, they have compiled a total of 118 which is good for 10th in the West and 17th in the league. As a team, Houston has collected a total of 362 fouls which means they are averaging 12.93 fouls per contest. They have compiled a total of 31 points for the season and they have an average attendance of 15,427.
Tomás Martinez is a great player to watch for the Dynamo. The midfielder from Argentina has appeared in 27 games so far this year and has totaled 1,926 minutes. During that time, the 23-year-old has netted 4 goals and has had an assist on 2 goals. He is averaging 71 mins per appearance. Martinez has started 25 games so far this year and has racked up 41 fouls in that time. When discussing shots on target, Martinez has produced 10 which places him at 113th in the league and 23rd in the Western Conference among midfielders. Mauro Manotas is another player to keep an eye on for the squad from Houston. The 23-year-old from Colombia has a total of 11 goals for the year which is 6th in the Western Conference among forwards and 11th among all qualified players in MLS. He has played a total of 2,071 mins and is averaging 80 minutes per appearance. So far this season, he has 25 shots on target which is 12th in the Western Conference among forwards.
The goaltender for the Dynamo is Joe Willis from the United States. He is 30 years old and has racked up 2,070 mins defending the goal this season. Willis is conceding 1.65 goals per 90 minutes which puts him at 13th among Western Conference goalies and 31st in MLS among goalies. Over the course of the 2019 season, he has given up 38 goals. He holds a save percentage of .661 which puts him at 13th among Western Conference goalies.
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be the team on the other side of the pitch and for the year they sit with 6 wins, 9 draws, and 15 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 12th in the West and 23rd in the league with -23. They have compiled a total of 30 goals for the 2019 season which is good for 12th in the West. Vancouver has a save % as a team of .718 which has them 5th in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They are averaging an attendance of 19,950 which is good for 5th in the West.
One of the guys to watch for the Whitecaps is Yordy Reyna. The 25 year-old has driven 7 balls into the net. He is placed at 39th among forwards in the Western Conference in assists with 1 and has totaled 27 shots on target for the year. He has played a total of 1,780 mins and is averaging 81 mins per appearance. Another good player on this squad is Fredy Montero. The forward from Colombia has a total of 6 goals for the year which is 22nd in the West among forwards. He also has totaled 33 fouls.
In goal for the Whitecaps is Maxime Crépeau
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Vancouver (+115)
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