Colorado Rapids vs Sporting KC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/29/2020
Game: Colorado Rapids vs Sporting KC
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020
Location: Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Colorado (-120) Kansas City (+300)
Kei Kamara and Sporting KC (5-0-2, 1st in the Western Conference) travel to Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday where they'll meet the Colorado Rapids (2-1-3, 8th in the Western Conference). The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Clint Irwin for the Colorado Rapids and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. The Rapids are priced at -120 while Sporting Kansas City is at +300. The over/under has been set at 2.5.
Colorado maintains possession for 47.7% of the time while dribbling successfully 59% of the time (15th in Major League Soccer). They have tried 78 shots with 27 on target, which calculates to a 34.6% SOT percentage. The Rapids have tallied 8 goals on the season, which ranks 12th in MLS. They have received 2,207 passes from teammates on 2,486 targets on the season, which gives them a receiving percentage of 88.8%.
Kei Kamara is a player who should be able to impact this match for the Rapids. He has accounted for 43 assists while tallying 46 yellow card cautions during his MLS career. Kamara has been in the starting lineup in 315 outings thus far in his career and he tallies 0.42 goals per 90. The forward from Sierra Leone has tallied 133 goals scored (2nd among active players) in 28,689 mins played. Another guy who should impact this match is Kellyn Acosta, the midfielder who was born in the United States. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 12 times so far in his pro soccer career while he has scored 14 goals. Acosta has earned 12,527 mins in 139 career starting assignments and has been given 29 yellow cards. He is averaging 0.10 goals per 90 minutes so far in his pro soccer career (192nd among active players).
The man who will defend the goal for Colorado is Clint Irwin. Irwin (44-35-59 record during his career) has 32 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 23.0% shutout percentage. The keeper from the United States has seen 616 shots attempted at him in 139 starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.57 (221 total goals allowed) and he holds a save % of .649. Irwin has seen the field for a total of 12,673 minutes and has earned 400 saves in his career.
Kansas City has tallied 3,226 targets for the campaign (6th in the league) to go along with 2,867 successful received passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 88.9% while they maintain possession of the ball 52% of the time. Sporting KC have been able to dribble successfully 59.3% of the time for the season while totaling 16 goals. The have hit on 35.1% of their shots on target out of 94 total shots.
Alan Pulido should be someone to watch for Kansas City. He sports an average of 0.42 G/90 and has started 220 matches so far in his pro soccer career. The forward who hails from Mexico has totaled 13,003 minutes while scoring 61 goals (24th among active players). He has collected 17 yellow card warnings during his MLS career and has assisted on a goal 21 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Johnny Russell, the forward who hails from Scotland. Russell has been given 24 yellow card warnings in 25,058 mins (283 starting assignments). His G/90 average in his career is 0.31 (78th among active players). He has 86 goals during his career while helping on a goal 47 times.
Tim Melia will be residing in front of the goal for Sporting KC. Melia has racked up 54 shutouts while he has seen 765 shots tried against him in 15,803 minutes throughout his career. He has a save % of .719 and his clean sheet rate is 30.7%. He has conceded 1.28 goals per 90 minutes while holding a mark of 71-45-61. During his pro soccer career, Melia has allowed 225 goals while he has racked up 550 stops in 176 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (+300)
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