FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo Prediction, 9/12/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Location: Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (-119) Houston (+325)
Boniek Garcia and FC Dallas (2-4-2, 9th in the Western Conference) play the Houston Dynamo (3-5-2, 6th in the Western Conference) at Toyota Stadium on Saturday. The expected starting goalkeepers will be Jimmy Maurer for FC Dallas and Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo are priced at +325 while FCD is at -119. The O/U has been set at 2.75.
FCD have earned 10 goals on the season, which ranks them 16th in MLS. They have launched 86 shots at their opponents goal with 31 of them being on target, which is a 36.0% SOT percentage. Dallas has been able to control possession for 52.8% of games while dribbling successfully 58.6% of the time (15th in Major League Soccer). Their players have received 3,339 passes on 3,802 tries for the season, earning them a receiving percentage of 87.8%.
Michael Barrios is a player who should be able to impact this game for FCD. He has totaled 34 assists while accumulating 18 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career. Barrios has been given a starting assignment in 146 contests so far in his career and has 0.21 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who hails from Colombia has totaled 30 goals (69th among active MLS players) in 12,850 professional minutes. Someone else who should impact this match is Zdenek Ondrasek, the forward from Czech Republic. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 23 times so far in his career while scoring 82 total goals. Ondrasek has earned 17,527 mins in 198 starting assignments and has earned himself 37 yellow card warnings. He scores 0.42 goals per 90 mins in his MLS career (39th among active MLS players).
The man who is expected to protect the net for Dallas will be Jimmy Maurer. Maurer (59-47-37 record in his career) has earned 49 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 34.5% clean sheet rate. The keeper from the United States has had 583 shots sent his way in 142 starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.21 (170 goals conceded) and he is the owner of a save % of .714. Maurer has played for a total of 12,649 minutes and has 416 stops so far in his pro soccer career.
Houston has tallied 4,336 pass targets on the season (12th in the league) to go along with 3,742 successful received passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 86.3% and they have controlled possession of the ball 46.8% of the time. The Dynamo have successfully dribbled 58.2% of the time this year while earning 17 goals. They have been able to hit on 35.5% of their shots on 138 total shots.
Boniek Garcia will need to be on top of his game for Houston. He averages 0.07 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 101 outings during his MLS career. The midfielder from Honduras has 15,654 mins and he has scored 13 goals (162nd among active players). He has 33 yellow card cautions thus far in his career and has helped on a goal 31 times. Make sure to watch out for Christian Ramirez, the forward who represents the United States. He has scored 92 goals so far in his MLS career while assisting on a goal 28 times. Ramirez has earned himself 4 yellow card cautions in 14,540 mins (173 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average thus far in his career is 0.57 (11th among active players).
Marko Maric will be looking after the net for the Dynamo. So far in his MLS career, Maric has conceded 142 goals while he has tallied 221 stops in 98 starts. He has surrendered 1.45 goals per 90 while earning a mark of 28-34-36. He has a save % of .686 and his clean sheet rate sits at 21.4%. Maric has accumulated 21 shutouts while he has defended 322 shots against him in 8,820 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Dallas (-119)
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