Real Salt Lake vs Minnesota United FC Expert MLS Picks 9/15/2019
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Allianz Field is the venue where Ethan Finlay and Minnesota United (13-6-9, 3rd in the Western Conference) will play Real Salt Lake (13-4-11, 5th in the Western Conference) on Sunday. The probable starting goalies are Nick Rimando for Real Salt Lake and Vito Mannone for Minnesota United. RSL is priced at -121 while the Loons are at +238. The over/under is set at 3.
Real Salt Lake comes into this game holding a record of 13 wins, 4 draws, and 11 defeats which puts them at 5th in the Western Conference. So far this year, they have scored a total of 40 goals which has them ranked at 9th in the Western Conference and 16th in the league. Their goal differential is +5, which puts them at 7th in the league. Real Salt Lake will need to make sure they're making the right passes out there as they have earned a total of 27 assists which has them ranked at 17th in the league and 10th in the Western Conference. In connection with shots on target, they have earned a total of 132 which has them ranked at 7th in the Western Conference and 13th in the league. As a team, Salt Lake currently has a total of 328 fouls which has them averaging 11.71 fouls per game. They have earned a total of 43 points for this season and they are averaging an attendance of 17,993.
Albert Rusnák is one of the players to keep an eye on for RSL. The midfielder from Slovakia has competed in 25 contests this season and has played a total of 2,103 minutes. During that period of time, the 24-year-old has scored 9 goals and has assisted on 3 goals. He is averaging 84 mins per game. Rusnák has been a starter in 24 contests this season and has totaled 11 fouls over the course of that time. Regarding shots on target, Rusnák has a total of 28 which has him sitting in 12th in MLS and 3rd in the West among midfielders. Jefferson Savarino is another scorer to watch out for on the squad from Salt Lake. The 22-year-old from Venezuala has scored 7 goals so far this year which has him ranked 14th in the West among forwards and 38th among all qualified players in Major League Soccer. He has played a total of 1,972 mins and has an average of 86 mins per appearance. Up to now for the season, he has connected on 29 shots on target which has him ranked 6th in the West among forwards.
Protecting the goal for RSL is Nick Rimando from the United States. He is 39 years old and has totaled 2,160 minutes in goal this season. Rimando is allowing 1.25 goals per 90 mins which has him ranking 4th in the Western Conference and 8th in MLS among goalies. During the 2019 season, he has allowed 30 goals. He holds a save % of .681 which has him ranking 10th in the Western Conference.
The Minnesota United FC will be the team on the other side of the pitch and for the current year they sit with 13 wins, 6 draws, and 9 losses. Concerning goal differential, they are currently ranked 3rd in the conference and 6th in MLS with +9. They have a total of 44 goals for the year which has them at 6th in the conference. Minnesota has a team save percentage of .727 which has them ranked 2nd in MLS, meaning they are difficult to score against. They have an average crowd of 19,739 putting them at 6th in the conference.
One of the players to remember for the Loons is Ethan Finlay. The 28 year-old has guided 6 balls past the goalie. He is placed at 33rd among midfielders in the West in assists with 2 and has produced 8 shots on target in 2019. He has played a total of 1,672 minutes and has an average of 62 minutes per appearance. Another good player on this squad is Darwin Quintero. The midfielder from Colombia has connected on 8 goals so far in 2019 which places him at 4th in the West among midfielders. He also has totaled 26 fouls.
In net for the Loons is Vito Mannone
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Minnesota (+238)
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