Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Montreal Impact MLS Picks & Predictions 8/28/2019
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Orji Okwonkwo and the Montreal Impact (10-4-14, 8th in the Eastern Conference) host the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6-9-13, 12th in the Western Conference) at Stade Saputo on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. The goalkeepers expected to start are Maxime Crépeau for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Evan Bush for the Montreal Impact. The moneyline on this matchup has the Vancouver Whitecaps FC priced at +650 and the Impact are at -278. The O/U opens at 3.25.
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC step onto the field with a record of 6 victories, 9 draws, and 13 losses putting them at 12th in the Western Conference. So far this year, they have scored a total of 28 goals which puts them at 12th in the West and 23rd in the league. This means that if they are going to get away with the victory in this game, they will want to put some goals in the back of the net. Their goal differential is -20, putting them at 23rd in the league. The Vancouver Whitecaps FC will want to move the ball around the pitch and get the ball to their scorers because they currently have a total of 15 assists which puts them at 24th in the league and 12th in the West. In the matter of shots on target, they currently have a total of 104 which puts them at 12th in the West and 21st in the league. As a unit, Vancouver has racked up a total of 313 fouls which means they have an average of 11.18 fouls per contest. They currently have a total of 27 points for this season and they have an average attendance of 20,138.
Yordy Reyna is a great player to watch for the Whitecaps. The forward from Peru has competed in 20 contests in 2019 and has played a total of 1,600 mins. Up to now, the 25-year-old has a total of 5 goals and has had an assist on 1 goal. So far this year he is averaging 80 mins per appearance. Reyna has started 18 contests in 2019 and has totaled 27 fouls over the course of that period. Concerning shots on target, Reyna has 21 which has him ranking 32nd in pro soccer and 14th in the West among forwards. Fredy Montero is another guy to watch out for on the team from Vancouver. The 31-year-old from Colombia has a total of 6 goals so far in 2019 which places him at 19th in the West among forwards and 45th among all qualified players in pro soccer. He has totaled 1,902 mins and holds an average of 73 minutes per appearance which places him at 238th in pro soccer. In 2019, he has a total of 19 shots on target which places him at 16th in the West among forwards.
The goaltender for the Whitecaps is Maxime Crépeau from Canada. He is 24 years old and has totaled 1,980 minutes in net for the 2019 campaign. Crépeau is allowing an average of 1.68 goals per 90 mins which ranks him 11th in the West and 30th among goaltenders in MLS. For the year, he has given up 37 goals. He's earned a save % of .726 which ranks him 5th in the West.
The Montreal Impact come into this matchup with a record of 10 wins, 4 draws, and 14 losses ranking them 8th in the Eastern Conference. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 38 goals which has them ranked at 8th in the conference and 16th in MLS. This means that if they are going to get away with the victory in this match, they will look to play mistake free soccer so they can take advantage of their opportunities. Their goal differential is -12, ranking them 22nd in MLS. The Montreal Impact will want to make it a priority to get the ball to teammates as they currently have a total of 25 assists which has them ranked at 18th in MLS and 8th in the conference. When it comes to shots on target, they currently have a total of 100 which has them ranked at 11th in the conference and 23rd in MLS. As a group, Montreal has obtained a total of 335 fouls which has them averaging 11.96 fouls per game. They currently have a total of 34 points for this year and they have an average crowd of 16,197.
Orji Okwonkwo is one of the standout players to keep an eye on for the Impact. The forward from Nigeria has appeared in 22 contests in 2019 and has played a total of 1,380 mins. Over the course of that time, the 21-year-old has scored 7 goals and has assisted on 0 goals. So far this year he is averaging 63 minutes per game. Okwonkwo has been a starter in 19 contests in 2019 and has committed 21 fouls in that time. In the matter of shots on target, Okwonkwo has connected on 12 which ranks him 81st in pro soccer and 17th in the East among forwards. Saphir Taïder is another scorer to watch out for on the team from Montreal. The 26-year-old from Algeria has connected on 9 goals this season which has him ranked 4th in the East among midfielders and 24th among all qualified players in Major League Soccer. He has played a total of 2,188 minutes and has an average of 84 minutes per appearance which has him ranked 114th in Major League Soccer. For the year, he has earned 21 shots on target which has him ranked 9th in the East among midfielders.
In net for the Impact is Evan Bush from the United States. He is 32 years old and has played 2,520 mins minding the net for the 2019 season. Bush is allowing 1.86 goals per 90 mins which puts him at 21st among East goaltenders and 36th in Major League Soccer among goalies. During this year, he's allowed 52 goals. He has a save % of .559 which puts him at 21st among East goaltenders.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vancouver (+650)
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