Colorado Rapids vs Real Salt Lake Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/22/2020
Game: Colorado Rapids vs Real Salt Lake
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020
Location: Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Colorado (+105) Salt Lake (+225)
Dick's Sporting Goods Park is the site where Damir Kreilach and Real Salt Lake (1-3-1, 9th in the Western Conference) will play the Colorado Rapids (2-1-2, 7th in the Western Conference) on Saturday. The starting goalkeepers are Clint Irwin for the Colorado Rapids and Zac MacMath for Real Salt Lake. The Rapids are priced at +105 while RSL is at +225. The total opens at 2.5.
Colorado has been able to control possession for 48.8% of matches while they have success at dribbling 54% of the time (22nd in Major League Soccer). They have launched 64 shots at the opposition with 25 being on target, which calculates to a 39.1% shots on target percentage. The Rapids have tallied 8 goals on the campaign, which is currently 8th in the league. Their players have caught 1,926 passes from teammates on 2,144 targets this year, making their receiving percentage 89.8%.
Kellyn Acosta is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for the Rapids. Acosta has been a starter in 138 matches in his pro soccer career and scores 0.10 G/90. The midfielder who was born in the United States has totaled 14 goals (149th among active MLS players) in 12,437 minutes. He has accounted for 12 assists while tallying 29 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career. One more guy who should impact this match is Keegan Rosenberry, the defender who hails from the United States. He has helped a teammate on a goal 8 times during his MLS career while he has scored 4 total goals. Rosenberry has been on the field for 10,395 mins in 115 starts and has been given a total of 8 yellow cards. He is currently averaging 0.03 goals per 90 mins during his career (286th among active MLS players).
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Colorado is Clint Irwin. Irwin has played for a total of 12,673 mins and has earned 400 saves so far in his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.57 (221 goals given up) and he has a save % of .649. The goalkeeper from the United States has faced 616 shots attempted at him in 139 career starting assignments. Irwin (44-35-59 mark during his soccer career) has recorded 32 clean sheets, which has earned him a 23.0% clean sheet percentage.
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Salt Lake has tallied 2,351 pass targets on the season (9th in the league) with 2,045 successful received passes. They have a receiving percentage of 87.0% while controlling possession of the ball 54.8% of the time. RSL have had success dribbling 59.4% of the time this season while tallying 3 goals. The have hit on 22.6% of their SOT on 53 total shots.
Damir Kreilach will need to provide a lift for Salt Lake. He is averaging 0.24 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 147 contests during his pro soccer career. The midfielder who hails from Croatia has accumulated 27,408 minutes while scoring 72 goals (17th among active players). He has 57 yellow cards thus far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 25 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Albert Rusnak, the forward who represents Slovakia. He has scored 40 goals so far in his career while assisting on a goal 28 times. Rusnak has been handed 13 yellow card cautions in 13,977 minutes played (163 starting assignments). His G/90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.26 (99th among active players).
Zac MacMath will reside in front of the goal for RSL. Thus far in his career, MacMath has conceded 191 goals while he has earned 430 saves in 145 starts. He has given up 1.31 goals per 90 minutes while earning a mark of 48-43-54. He has earned a save percentage of .698 and his shutout rate is currently 26.9%. MacMath has accumulated 39 shutouts while defending 616 shots tried against him in 13,163 mins in his career.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Salt Lake (+225) and under 2.5 goals
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