FC Dallas vs Minnesota United FC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/29/2020
Game: FC Dallas vs Minnesota United FC
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020
Location: Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX
TV: Fox Sports North Plus
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (+170) Minnesota (+140)
Toyota Stadium is the venue where Luis Amarilla and Minnesota United (3-2-1, 3rd in the Western Conference) will take on FC Dallas (1-3-1, 11th in the Western Conference) on Saturday. The goalies who are expected to start are Jimmy Maurer for FC Dallas and Greg Ranjitsingh for Minnesota United. The Loons are priced at +140 while FCD is at +170. The total is set at 2.5.
Dallas has controlled possession for 56% of the time while successfully dribbling 56% of the time (18th in the league). They have attempted 59 shots at their opponents goal with 18 being on target, which calculates to a 30.5% SOT percentage. FCD have earned 4 goals for the campaign, which ranks them 24th in the league. They have caught 2,274 passes from teammates on 2,568 tries so far this season, earning them a receiving percentage of 88.6%.
Jesus Ferreira is a player who should be able to impact this game for FCD. Ferreira has been in the starting lineup in 43 matches in his MLS career and has 0.36 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder from the United States has earned 15 goals scored (144th among active players) in 3,733 mins. He has 8 assists while earning 7 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career. Another player who could decide the outcome is Zdenek Ondrasek, the forward from Czech Republic. Ondrasek has been on the pitch for 17,468 mins in 197 career starting assignments and has been given 37 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 23 times so far in his MLS career while he has scored 82 total goals. He averages 0.42 goals per 90 mins thus far in his career (35th among active MLS players).
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Dallas is Jimmy Maurer. Maurer (58-46-37 mark in his MLS career) has recorded 49 shutouts, which leaves him with a 35.0% shutout percentage. The keeper from the United States has had 579 shots sent in his direction in 140 starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.22 (169 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save percentage of .713. Maurer has seen the field for a total of 12,518 mins and has 413 saves during his pro soccer career.
The Loons have successfully dribbled 55% of the time for the year while earning 11 goals. They have earned a receiving percentage of 85.2% and they maintain possession of the ball 46.3% of the time. Minnesota has 2,423 targets for the year (23rd in MLS) and they have 2,064 completed passes. They have been able to complete 41.1% of their shots on target on 73 total shots.
Luis Amarilla should provide solid play for Minnesota. The forward who was born in Paraguay has been on the field for 3,275 mins while he has scored 20 goals (111th among active MLS players). He has accumulated 11 yellow card warnings during his MLS career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 6 times. He sports an average of 0.55 goals per 90 and has had a starting assignment in 23 games in his pro soccer career. You should also watch out for Jan Gregus, the midfielder who was born in Slovakia. He has accounted for 16 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 24 times. Gregus has been given 36 yellow card warnings in 15,538 mins (170 career starts). His goals per 90 minute average so far in his career is 0.09 (199th among active players).
Greg Ranjitsingh will reside in front of the net for the Loons. So far in his MLS career, Ranjitsingh has surrendered 82 goals while totaling 176 stops in 80 starts. He has given up 1.04 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a mark of 39-24-16. He has earned a save percentage of .701 and his clean sheet rate is 40.0%. Ranjitsingh has accumulated 32 shutouts while he has defended 251 shots tried against him in 7,066 career mins.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Dallas (+170)
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