Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United FC Prediction, 9/2/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United FC
Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Location: BBVA Stadium in Houston, TX
TV: Fox Sports North Plus
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+260) Minnesota (-110)
BBVA Stadium is the venue where Jan Gregus and Minnesota United (3-2-2, 3rd in the Western Conference) will take on the Houston Dynamo (1-4-2, 11th in the Western Conference) on Wednesday. The goaltenders protecting the net will be Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo and Greg Ranjitsingh for Minnesota United. The Dynamo are priced at +260 while the Loons are at -110. The over/under is set at 2.75.
The Dynamo have scored 11 goals for the year, which is 10th in MLS. They have launched 98 shots at their opponents goal with 29 being on target, which comes out to a 29.6% shots on target percentage. Houston has been able to control possession for 46.1% of games while dribbling successfully 56.9% of the time (18th in the league). Their players have been on the receiving end of 2,484 passes from teammates on 2,910 targets on the campaign, which makes their receiving percentage 85.4%.
Christian Ramirez is a player who should be able to impact this game for the Dynamo. Ramirez has been in the starting lineup in 170 games thus far in his career while scoring 0.57 G/90. The forward who hails from the United States has 91 goals scored (10th among active MLS players) in 14,373 minutes. He has totaled 28 assists while tallying 4 yellow cards during his MLS career. Another player who could decide the outcome is Boniek Garcia, the midfielder from Honduras. Garcia has been on the pitch for 15,587 minutes in 172 starting assignments and has been handed 33 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 31 times so far in his pro soccer career while scoring 13 total goals. He is averaging 0.08 goals per 90 mins so far in his career (211th among active players).
The man who is expected to protect the net for Houston is Marko Maric. Maric (26-33-36 mark during his soccer career) has tallied 20 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 21.1% clean sheet percentage. The keeper from Croatia has had 309 shots attempted against him in 95 career starts. His GA/90 is 1.47 (140 goals allowed) and his save % is .683. Maric has seen the pitch for a total of 8,550 mins and is sitting with 211 stops in his career.
The Loons have had success dribbling 55.4% of the time this year while scoring 12 goals. They have earned a receiving percentage of 85.0% and they have controlled possession of the ball 47.3% of the time. Minnesota has accumulated 2,916 targets for the year (22nd in MLS) and they have 2,479 successful received passes. The have hit on 38.6% of their SOT out of 88 total shots.
Jan Gregus will need to be on top of his game for Minnesota. The midfielder who was born in Slovakia has been on the field for 15,628 minutes and he has scored 16 goals (134th among active players). He has collected 36 yellow cards in his MLS career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 25 times. He is currently averaging 0.09 goals per 90 and has been in the starting lineup in 96 matches so far in his career. Be sure to watch out for Osvaldo Alonso, the midfielder who hails from Cuba. He has accounted for 16 goals so far in his career while assisting on a goal 15 times. Alonso has been handed 68 yellow card cautions in 28,285 professional minutes played (322 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average in his MLS career is 0.05 (249th among active players).
Greg Ranjitsingh will look after the net for the Loons. Ranjitsingh has 32 shutouts while he has defended 257 shots attempted against him in 7,156 minutes throughout his career. He sports a save % of .700 and his clean sheet rate sits at 39.5%. He has allowed 1.07 goals per 90 mins while he holds a record of 39-24-17. So far in his pro soccer career, Ranjitsingh has allowed 85 goals while he has totaled 180 stops in 81 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston (+260)
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