Sporting KC vs Minnesota United FC MLS Picks & Predictions 9/25/2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Krisztián Németh and Sporting KC (10-7-14, 11th in the Western Conference) are headed to Allianz Field on Wednesday where they'll meet Minnesota United (14-7-10, 3rd in the Western Conference). The probable starting goalies are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Vito Mannone for Minnesota United. Sporting Kansas City is priced at +260 while the Loons are at -121. The total is set at 2.75.
Sporting KC comes into this match with a record of 10 wins, 7 draws, and 14 losses which is good for 11th in the Western Conference. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 43 goals which ranks 8th in the conference and 15th in the league. Their goal differential is -11, which is good for 21st in the league. Sporting KC will look to get teammates more involved in this matchup as they currently have a total of 27 assists, which ranks 19th in the league and 11th in the conference. When looking at shots on target, they currently have a total of 158 which ranks 6th in the conference and 10th in the league. As a team, Kansas City currently has a total of 394 fouls which has them averaging 12.71 fouls per game. They currently have a total of 37 points for the season and they have an average attendance of 18,683.
Krisztián Németh is a top player to watch for Sporting KC. The forward from Hungary has competed in 21 games this season and has played a total of 1,406 minutes. During that time, the 30-year-old has scored 7 goals and has assisted on 2 goals. He is currently averaging 67 mins per appearance. Németh has been a starter in 16 games this season and has a total of 26 fouls in the process. When it comes to shots on target, Németh has produced 17 which has him ranking 64th in professional soccer and 24th in the Western Conference among forwards. Ilie Sánchez is another guy to keep an eye on for the squad from Kansas City. The 28-year-old from Spain has scored 2 goals so far this season which puts him at 28th in the Western Conference among midfielders and 163rd among all qualified players in Major League Soccer. He has played 2,336 minutes and averages 78 mins per game. For the 2019 season, he has connected on 4 shots on target which puts him at 45th in the Western Conference among midfielders.
The man protecting the net for Sporting KC is Tim Melia from the United States. He is 32 years old and has played 2,700 minutes minding the goal this season. Melia is giving up an average of 1.87 goals per 90 mins which places him at 15th among Western Conference goalies and 36th among goalies in Major League Soccer. Over the course of this season, he's allowed 56 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .650 which places him at 16th among Western Conference goalies.
The Minnesota United FC will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the current year they have 14 victories, 7 draws, and 10 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they are ranked 2nd in the conference and 5th in the league with +9. They currently have a total of 47 goals for the year which has them sitting at 6th in the conference. Minnesota has a team save % of .744 which is good for 2nd in the league, which means scoring chances may be limited. They are averaging an attendance of 19,732 putting them at 5th in the conference.
One of the players to remember for the Loons is Osvaldo Alonso. The 33 year-old has driven 1 ball past the goalie. He sits at 70th among midfielders in the Western Conference in assists with 0 and has totaled 2 shots on target this year. He has totaled 2,188 minutes and has an average of 88 minutes per appearance. Another one of the great players on this team is Darwin Quintero. The midfielder from Colombia has racked up 10 goals in 2019 which ranks him 3rd in the Western Conference among midfielders. He also has totaled 26 fouls.
In goal for the Loons is Vito Mannone
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Kansas City (+260)
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