San Jose Earthquakes vs Sporting KC MLS Point Spread Picks 8/17/2019
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Children's Mercy Park
Children's Mercy Park is the venue where Johnny Russell and Sporting KC (7-7-11, 10th in the Western Conference) will take on the San Jose Earthquakes (11-5-8, 6th in the Western Conference) on Saturday. The goalkeepers expected to start are Mario Daniel Vega for the San Jose Earthquakes and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. The Earthquakes are priced at +319 while Sporting Kansas City is at -139. The over/under has been set at 3.
The San Jose Earthquakes head into this game with a mark of 11 wins, 5 draws, and 8 losses which is good for 6th in the Western Conference. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 40 goals which ranks them 3rd in the Western Conference and 6th in the league. This means that if are going to walk away with a victory, they are going to want to put the pressure on the opposition. Their goal differential is +5 which is good for 8th in the league. The San Jose Earthquakes will want to move the ball around the pitch and get the ball to their scorers because they have a total of 30 assists which ranks them 4th in the league and 2nd in the Western Conference. When looking at shots on target, they have a total of 139 which ranks them 2nd in the Western Conference and 3rd in the league. As a group, San Jose currently has a total of 307 fouls which means they have an average of 12.79 fouls per game. They have a total of 38 points for the season and they have an average crowd of 19,218.
Shea Salinas is a great player to watch for the Earthquakes. The midfielder from the United States has taken part in 20 games this season and has played 1,126 minutes. Over the course of that time, the 32-year-old has scored 6 goals and has had an assist on 3 goals. He is averaging 56 mins per game. Salinas has started 12 games this season and has a total of 9 fouls in the process. With regard to shots on target, Salinas has totaled 8 which puts him at 113th in Major League Soccer and 24th in the Western Conference among midfielders. Chris Wondolowski is another guy to watch out for on the team from San Jose. The 36-year-old from the United States has netted 9 goals this year which puts him at 7th in the West among forwards and 17th among all qualified players in professional soccer. He has played 1,382 mins and holds an average of 60 mins per appearance which puts him at 323rd in professional soccer. Thus far in the season, he has earned 19 shots on target which puts him at 12th in the West among forwards.
Looking after the goal for the Earthquakes is Mario Daniel Vega from Argentina. He is 34 years old and has racked up 2,160 minutes defending the net for the 2019 campaign. Vega is giving up 1.50 goals per 90 mins which has him ranked 9th among West goalies and 23rd in MLS among goalies. During the 2019 campaign, he has given up 36 goals. He has a save % of .654 which has him ranked 13th among West goalies.
Sporting KC comes into this match with a mark of 7 victories, 7 draws, and 11 losses which puts them at 10th in the Western Conference. So far this season, they have scored a total of 35 goals which has them sitting at 8th in the conference and 15th in the league. That said, if they are going to get points on the day, they are going to look at taking care of the ball and controlling possession. Their goal differential is -7 which puts them at 19th in the league. Sporting KC will look to share the ball with their teammates to get the opposition out of place as they have earned a total of 21 assists which has them sitting at 21st in the league and 11th in the conference. When looking at shots on target, they have earned a total of 129 which has them sitting at 3rd in the conference and 7th in the league. As a group, Kansas City currently has a total of 315 fouls which means they are averaging 12.6 fouls per game. They have earned a total of 28 points for this season and they are averaging an attendance of 18,844.
Johnny Russell is one of the best players for Sporting KC. The midfielder from Scotland has participated in 20 games for the season and has totaled 1,460 minutes. In that time, the 28-year-old has connected on 8 goals and has assisted on 3 goals. So far this year he is averaging 73 minutes per game. Russell has been a starter in 16 games for the season and has racked up 11 fouls in the process. In connection with shots on target, Russell has connected on 17 which puts him at 48th in the league and 6th in the Western Conference among midfielders. Felipe Gutiérrez is another scorer to watch out for on the team from Kansas City. The 28-year-old from Chile has tallied 10 goals for the year which has him ranked 1st in the Western Conference among midfielders and 11th among all qualified players in MLS. He has played 2,019 mins and holds an average of 84 minutes per appearance which has him ranked 128th in MLS. For this season, he has connected on 26 shots on target which has him ranked 2nd in the Western Conference among midfielders.
The goaltender for Sporting KC is Tim Melia from the United States. He is 32 years old and has played 2,160 mins minding the goal for the 2019 season. Melia is surrendering 1.79 goals per 90 mins which puts him at 13th among West goaltenders and 33rd in Major League Soccer among goaltenders. Over the course of the 2019 campaign, he has given up 43 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .648 which puts him at 15th among West goaltenders.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take San Jose (+319)
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