Sporting KC vs LA Galaxy Expert MLS Picks Against the Spread 9/15/2019
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Dignity Health Sports Park
Dignity Health Sports Park is the site where Jonathan dos Santos and the LA Galaxy (13-3-12, 8th in the Western Conference) will take on Sporting KC (10-7-12, 9th in the Western Conference) on Sunday. The probable starting goaltenders are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and David Bingham for the LA Galaxy. Sporting Kansas City is priced at +292 while the Galaxy are at +161. The total has been set at 3.25.
Sporting KC comes into this match holding a mark of 10 victories, 7 draws, and 12 defeats which puts them at 9th in the Western Conference. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 40 goals which puts them at 10th in the West and 17th in MLS. Their goal differential is -5, which puts them at 17th in MLS. Sporting KC will want to move the ball around the pitch and get the ball to their scorers because they have a total of 25 assists which puts them at 20th in MLS and 11th in the West. Regarding shots on target, they have a total of 150 which puts them at 3rd in the West and 5th in MLS. As a group, Kansas City has earned a total of 367 fouls which means they have an average of 12.66 fouls per game. They have a total of 37 points for the 2019 season and they have an average crowd of 18,671.
Yohan Croizet is one of the players to keep an eye on for Sporting KC. The defender from France has participated in 20 contests for the season and has played a total of 1,091 mins. Up to now, the 26-year-old has scored 3 goals and has had an assist on 1 goal. So far this year he is averaging 55 minutes per game. Croizet has started 12 contests for the season and has a total of 17 fouls in the process. With regard to shots on target, Croizet has totaled 12 which ranks him 81st in pro soccer and 2nd in the Western Conference among defenders. Ilie Sánchez is another scorer to keep an eye on for the team from Kansas City. The 28-year-old from Spain has scored 2 goals so far this season which has him ranking 27th in the Western Conference among midfielders and 160th among all qualified players in MLS. He has totaled 2,156 mins and is averaging 77 mins per appearance. Up to now for the season, he has 4 shots on target which has him ranking 43rd in the Western Conference among midfielders.
The man looking after the goal for Sporting KC is Tim Melia from the United States. He is 32 years old and has played 2,520 minutes defending the net for the 2019 season. Melia is surrendering an average of 1.64 goals per 90 minutes which places him at 12th in the Western Conference and 30th among goalies in MLS. So far this season, he's surrendered 46 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .669 which places him at 11th in the Western Conference.
The LA Galaxy is the team looking to add points to their total and for the current year they sit with 13 victories, 3 draws, and 12 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 8th in the West and 16th in the league with -4. They currently have a total of 41 goals for this year which has them sitting at 8th in the West. LA has a save percentage as a team of .726 which is good for 3rd in the league, which means scoring opportunities may be scarce. They have an average crowd of 22,902 ranking them 3rd in the West.
One of the scorers to keep an eye on for the Galaxy is Jonathan dos Santos. The 28 year-old has delivered 2 balls past the goaltender. He sits at 25th among midfielders in the Western Conference in assists with 2 and has totaled 5 shots on target so far this year. He has totaled 2,099 minutes and is averaging 87 minutes per appearance. Another solid player on this team is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The forward from Sweden has netted 23 goals for the season which ranks him 2nd in the Western Conference among forwards. He also has totaled 44 fouls.
In net for the Galaxy is David Bingham
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take LA (+161)
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