Real Salt Lake vs Sporting KC Expert MLS Picks Against the Spread 8/10/2019
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Children's Mercy Park
Jefferson Savarino and Real Salt Lake (10-4-9, 6th in the Western Conference) travel to Children's Mercy Park on Saturday where they'll meet Sporting KC (7-7-9, 10th in the Western Conference). The probable starting goaltenders are Nick Rimando for Real Salt Lake and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. The odds on this contest have Real Salt Lake priced at +335 and Sporting Kansas City is at -141. The total is set at 2.75.
Real Salt Lake comes into this game holding a record of 10 wins, 4 draws, and 9 losses which puts them at 6th in the Western Conference. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 33 goals which is good for 7th in the Western Conference and 14th in the league. That said, if they are going to get the win in this match, they are going to look at taking care of the ball and controlling possession. Their goal differential is +2 which puts them at 10th in the league. Real Salt Lake will look to get teammates more involved in this matchup as they have earned a total of 22 assists which is good for 17th in the league and 9th in the Western Conference. Concerning shots on target, they have earned a total of 106 which is good for 6th in the Western Conference and 12th in the league. As a team, Salt Lake has compiled a total of 278 fouls which means they are averaging 12.09 fouls per game. They have earned a total of 34 points for this season and they have an average crowd of 17,771.
Jefferson Savarino is one of the standout players to watch for RSL. The forward from Venezuala has engaged in 18 contests for the season and has played a total of 1,522 minutes. During that period of time, the 22-year-old has tallied 6 goals and has had an assist on 4 goals. He is averaging 85 minutes per appearance. Savarino has been a starter in 18 contests for the season and has committed 11 fouls during that period. When it comes to shots on target, Savarino has earned 24 which places him at 11th in the league and 5th in the Western Conference among forwards. Albert Rusnák is another scorer to watch out for on the team from Salt Lake. The 24-year-old from Slovakia has a total of 8 goals this year which has him ranked 2nd in the West among midfielders and 25th among all players in Major League Soccer. He has played 1,667 minutes and has an average of 83 mins per appearance which has him ranked 142nd in Major League Soccer. Up to now for the season, he has produced 19 shots on target which has him ranked 4th in the West among midfielders.
The man protecting the goal for RSL is Nick Rimando from the United States. He is 39 years old and has totaled 1,710 minutes minding the net this year. Rimando is giving up 1.37 goals per 90 minutes which has him ranking 7th among Western Conference goaltenders and 19th in MLS among goalies. During this year, he's allowed 26 goals. He holds a save percentage of .658 which has him ranking 13th among Western Conference goaltenders.
Sporting KC comes into this match with a mark of 7 victories, 7 draws, and 9 defeats which puts them at 10th in the Western Conference. So far this season, they have converted a total of 34 goals which is 6th in the conference and 13th in the league. This means that if they are going to get away with the victory in this matchup, they will want to make sure they are scoring goals and making the other team work. Their goal differential is -5 which puts them at 18th in the league. Sporting KC will look to get teammates more involved in this matchup as they have a total of 21 assists which is 19th in the league and 10th in the conference. In the matter of shots on target, they have a total of 121 which is 3rd in the conference and 8th in the league. As a unit, Kansas City has collected a total of 296 fouls which has them averaging 12.87 fouls per contest. They have a total of 28 points for the 2019 season and they have an average crowd of 18,901.
Johnny Russell is one of the best players for Sporting KC. The midfielder from Scotland has taken part in 18 contests this season and has played 1,280 minutes. Over the course of that time, the 28-year-old has scored 7 goals and has assisted on 3 goals. He currently holds an average of 71 minutes per appearance. Russell has started 14 contests this season and has racked up 11 fouls in the process. When looking at shots on target, Russell has produced 16 which is 47th in MLS and 6th in the Western Conference among midfielders. Krisztián Németh is another scorer to watch out for on the squad from Kansas City. The 30-year-old from Hungary has a total of 7 goals so far in 2019 which ranks him 11th in the West among forwards and 28th among all qualified players in MLS. He has played a total of 1,316 mins and holds an average of 69 mins per appearance which ranks him 275th in MLS. For the 2019 season, he has totaled 17 shots on target which ranks him 15th in the West among forwards.
The man in goal for Sporting KC is Tim Melia from the United States. He is 32 years old and has racked up 1,980 mins defending the goal this year. Melia is allowing an average of 1.82 goals per 90 minutes which has him sitting 13th in the Western Conference and 34th among goaltenders in MLS. During the 2019 season, he's surrendered 40 goals. His save percentage is .646 which has him sitting 15th in the Western Conference.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Salt Lake (+335)
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