Houston Dynamo vs Sporting KC Prediction, 9/5/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Dynamo vs Sporting KC
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020
Location: BBVA Stadium in Houston, TX
TV: Fox Sports KC
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+230) Kansas City (+110)
Boniek Garcia and Sporting KC (5-2-2, 1st in the Western Conference) head to BBVA Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Houston Dynamo (2-4-2, 9th in the Western Conference). The starting goalies will be Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. Sporting Kansas City is priced at +110 while the Dynamo are at +230. The O/U is set at 3.
Houston has controlled possession of the ball for 47% of games while they successfully dribble 56.6% of the time (21st in Major League Soccer). They have attempted 119 shots at their opponents goal with 41 on target, which is a 34.5% SOT percentage. The Dynamo have accounted for 14 goals on the campaign, which ranks 6th in the league. They have received 2,998 passes on 3,478 tries for the season, giving them a receiving percentage of 86.2%.
Boniek Garcia is a player who can be a difference maker for the Dynamo. He has totaled 31 assists while tallying 33 yellow cards during his pro soccer career. Garcia has been in the starting lineup in 172 games so far in his MLS career while he scores 0.07 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder who was born in Honduras has earned 13 goals (162nd among active MLS players) in 15,604 mins. One more player who could decide who wins is Christian Ramirez, the forward who was born in the United States. Ramirez has been on the field for 14,427 mins during 171 career starting assignments and has been handed a total of 4 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 28 times thus far in his career while he has scored 91 goals. He scores 0.57 goals per 90 minutes in his career (11th among active MLS players).
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Houston will be Marko Maric. Maric (27-33-36 record in his MLS career) has 21 shutouts, which has earned him a 21.9% clean sheet percentage. The keeper from Croatia has had 313 shots attempted against him in 96 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.46 (140 goals conceded) and he is the owner of a save % of .684. Maric has seen the field for a total of 8,640 mins and has earned 214 stops so far in his pro soccer career.
Sporting KC have dribbled successfully 60.5% of the time on the year while accumulating 18 goals. They have a receiving percentage of 88.5% while they control possession of the ball 50.2% of the time. Kansas City has tallied 3,992 pass targets this season (8th in the league) to go along with 3,531 successful received passes. They have connected on 30.7% of their SOT out of 127 shots.
Khiry Shelton will need to provide a lift for Kansas City. The forward from the United States has been on the field for 4,805 professional minutes while scoring 12 goals (170th among active players). He has tallied 3 yellow card cautions during his career and has helped on a goal 12 times. He scores 0.22 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 24 games during his career. You should also keep an eye on Johnny Russell, the midfielder who was born in Scotland. He has scored 86 goals so far in his career while assisting on a goal 47 times. Russell has been given a total of 24 yellow card warnings in 25,175 professional minutes (284 career starts). His goals per 90 average in his MLS career is 0.31 (81st among active MLS players).
Tim Melia is expected to look after the net for Sporting KC. So far in his career, Melia has given up 227 goals while he has accounted for 557 saves in 178 starts. He has allowed 1.28 goals per 90 minutes while holding a record of 71-47-61. He has earned a save % of .720 and his clean sheet rate is currently 30.3%. Melia has totaled 54 shutouts while seeing 774 shots against him in 15,983 career mins.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston (+230)
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