San Jose Earthquakes vs Real Salt Lake MLS Picks 9/11/2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Rio Tinto Stadium
Albert Rusnák and Real Salt Lake (13-4-11, 5th in the Western Conference) play the San Jose Earthquakes (13-5-10, 4th in the Western Conference) at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. The goalkeepers expected to start are Mario Daniel Vega for the San Jose Earthquakes and Nick Rimando for Real Salt Lake. RSL is priced at -121 while the Earthquakes are at +333. The O/U has been set at 3.
The San Jose Earthquakes come into this matchup with a record of 13 wins, 5 draws, and 10 defeats which is good for 4th in the Western Conference. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 47 goals which ranks them 2nd in the West and 5th in the league. Their goal differential is +5, which is good for 8th in the league. The San Jose Earthquakes will look to make sure they are sharing the ball because they currently have a total of 37 assists which ranks them 4th in the league and 2nd in the West. With reference to shots on target, they currently have a total of 177 which ranks them 2nd in the West and 2nd in the league. As a unit, San Jose has racked up a total of 360 fouls which means they are averaging 12.86 fouls per contest. They currently have a total of 44 points for 2019 and they have an average crowd of 18,975.
Shea Salinas is one of the standout players to watch for the Earthquakes. The midfielder from the United States has played in 23 contests so far in 2019 and has totaled 1,176 minutes. Over the course of that time, the 32-year-old has scored 6 goals and has assisted on 3 goals. He currently holds an average of 51 minutes per appearance. Salinas has started 12 contests so far in 2019 and has racked up 11 fouls over the course of that period. Regarding shots on target, Salinas has a total of 8 which has him sitting in 126th in Major League Soccer and 26th in the Western Conference among midfielders. Chris Wondolowski is another player to watch out for on the squad from San Jose. The 36-year-old from the United States has scored 13 goals so far in 2019 which places him at 4th in the Western Conference among forwards and 7th among all qualified players in the league. He has played 1,631 minutes and has an average of 60 minutes per appearance. For the 2019 season, he has connected on 26 shots on target which places him at 10th in the Western Conference among forwards.
The goalie for the Earthquakes is Mario Daniel Vega from Argentina. He is 34 years old and has totaled 2,520 mins defending the goal this season. Vega is surrendering an average of 1.54 goals per 90 minutes which puts him at 8th among Western Conference goalies and 24th in MLS. During this season, he has given up 43 goals. He holds a save % of .653 which puts him at 15th among Western Conference goalies.
Real Salt Lake is the team standing on the sideline and for the 2019 season they have 13 wins, 4 draws, and 11 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they are sitting 4th in the Western Conference and 7th in the league with +5. They have earned a total of 40 goals for this season which has them ranked at 9th in the Western Conference. Salt Lake has a save percentage as a team of .670 which has them ranked 12th in the league, which tells us there should be some opportunities to score. They are averaging an attendance of 17,993 which puts them at 9th in the Western Conference.
One of the players to keep an eye on for RSL is Albert Rusnák. The 24 year-old has driven 9 balls into the goal. He is placed at 17th among midfielders in the West in assists with 3 and has a total of 28 shots on target this season. He has played a total of 2,103 minutes and holds an average of 84 mins per game. Another one of the great players on this squad is Jefferson Savarino. The forward from Venezuala has scored 7 goals so far this year which has him ranked 14th in the West among forwards. He also has racked up 15 fouls.
In goal for RSL is Nick Rimando
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take San Jose (+333)
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