Minnesota United FC vs Houston Dynamo Expert MLS Picks 9/11/2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
BBVA Compass Stadium
BBVA Compass Stadium is the site where Tomás Martinez and the Houston Dynamo (9-4-15, 11th in the Western Conference) will take on Minnesota United (13-6-9, 3rd in the Western Conference) on Wednesday. The goalkeepers expected to start are Vito Mannone for Minnesota United and Joe Willis for the Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo are priced at +110 while the Loons are at +238. The total opens at 3.
Minnesota United FC comes into the game with a record of 13 wins, 6 draws, and 9 defeats ranking them 3rd in the Western Conference. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 44 goals which is good for 6th in the conference and 10th in MLS. Their goal differential is +9, ranking them 6th in MLS. Minnesota United FC will need to make sure they're making the right passes out there as they have earned a total of 29 assists which is good for 14th in MLS and 8th in the conference. Concerning shots on target, they have earned a total of 118 which is good for 11th in the conference and 18th in MLS. As a team, Minnesota has earned a total of 340 fouls which has them averaging 12.14 fouls per contest. They have earned a total of 45 points for 2019 and they have an average attendance of 19,739.
Ethan Finlay is one of the players to watch for the Loons. The midfielder from the United States has played in 27 games for the season and has played 1,672 minutes. During that time, the 28-year-old has scored 6 goals and has had an assist on 2 goals. So far this season he is averaging 62 minutes per game. Finlay has started 20 games for the season and has a total of 18 fouls over the course of that time. In respect of shots on target, Finlay has 8 which has him sitting in 128th in Major League Soccer and 28th in the West among midfielders. Darwin Quintero is another scorer to watch out for on the squad from Minnesota. The 31-year-old from Colombia has netted 8 goals so far in 2019 which ranks him 4th in the West among midfielders and 34th among all qualified players in the league. He has played a total of 1,802 minutes and has an average of 72 mins per appearance. During the season thus far, he has earned 21 shots on target which ranks him 5th in the West among midfielders.
The man in net for the Loons is Vito Mannone from Italy. He is 30 years old and has played 2,520 minutes defending the goal for the 2019 campaign. Mannone is conceding an average of 1.36 goals per 90 minutes which places him at 6th among Western Conference goalies and 16th in MLS among goaltenders. For the 2019 campaign, he has surrendered 38 goals. He holds a save % of .727 which places him at 5th among Western Conference goalies.
The Houston Dynamo is the team on the other side of the pitch and for the 2019 campaign they sit with 9 wins, 4 draws, and 15 defeats. With regard to goal differential, they are currently ranked 11th in the Western Conference and 21st in the league with -11. They have earned a total of 35 goals for 2019 which has them ranked at 11th in the Western Conference. Houston has a save percentage as a team of .640 which currently has them ranked 20th in the league, which means there should be some opportunities to score. They are averaging an attendance of 15,427 which puts them at 10th in the Western Conference.
One of the stars for the Dynamo is Tomás Martinez. The 23 year-old has fired 4 balls past the goalkeeper. He is sitting at 30th among midfielders in the Western Conference in assists with 2 and has earned 10 shots on target for the season. He has totaled 1,926 mins and is averaging 71 minutes per appearance. Another player to watch out for on this team Mauro Manotas. The forward from Colombia has a total of 11 goals for the season which puts him at 6th in the Western Conference among forwards. He also has racked up 14 fouls.
In goal for the Dynamo is Joe Willis
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Guy's Pick: Take Houston (+110)
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