Los Angeles FC vs San Jose Earthquakes Prediction, 9/2/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles FC vs San Jose Earthquakes
Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Location: Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-139) San Jose (+333)
Diego Rossi and the San Jose Earthquakes (2-2-2, 8th in the Western Conference) are headed to Banc of California Stadium on Wednesday where they'll take on Los Angeles FC (2-3-1, 6th in the Western Conference). The starting goalkeepers will be Kenneth Vermeer for Los Angeles FC and Daniel Vega for the San Jose Earthquakes. LAFC is priced at -139 while the Earthquakes are at +333. The total opens at 3.5.
Los Angeles has controlled possession of the ball for 62.8% of contests while dribbling successfully 61.6% of the time (9th in MLS). They have tried 112 shots at their opponents goal with 45 on target, which calculates to a 40.2% shots on target percentage. LAFC have accounted for 15 goals this season, which ranks them 3rd in MLS. Their players have received 2,743 passes on 3,251 attempts for the campaign, which has earned them a receiving percentage of 84.4%.
Diego Rossi is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for LAFC. He has 13 assists while accumulating 6 yellow card warnings in his career. Rossi has been given a starting assignment in 97 games during his pro soccer career and he tallies 0.48 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who was born in Uruguay has 46 goals scored (42nd among active MLS players) in 8,706 mins played. Another player who could decide the outcome is Latif Blessing, the midfielder from Ghana. He has assisted on a goal 12 times so far in his career and he has scored 15 total goals. Blessing has 6,548 mins in 70 starts and has been handed 10 yellow card cautions. He currently averages 0.21 goals per 90 in his career (128th among active MLS players).
The man defending the goal for Los Angeles is Kenneth Vermeer. Vermeer (128-51-50 mark during his soccer career) has totaled 73 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 31.5% clean sheet percentage. The keeper from the Netherlands has seen 863 shots sent in his direction in 232 starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.25 (288 goals allowed) and his save % is .692. Vermeer has seen the pitch for a total of 20,774 mins and has earned 597 stops in his pro soccer career.
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The Earthquakes have had success dribbling 62% of the time so far this year while earning 12 goals. They have a receiving percentage of 87.9% while controlling possession of the ball 61.7% of the time. San Jose has 3,087 pass targets so far this season (18th in MLS) to go along with 2,715 completed passes. They have been able to connect on 36.1% of their shots out of 97 total shots.
Chris Wondolowski should provide a spark for San Jose. He sports an average of 0.53 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 280 matches during his career. The midfielder who is from the United States has been on the field for 27,327 mins while scoring 161 goals (1st among active MLS players). He has totaled 34 yellow cards so far in his career and has assisted on a goal 36 times. Be sure to watch out for Carlos Fierro, the forward who is from Mexico. Fierro has been given a total of 12 yellow card warnings in 11,760 minutes played (130 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average so far in his career is 0.11 (182nd among active MLS players). He has totaled 14 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 17 different times.
Daniel Vega is expected to look after the net for the Earthquakes. Vega has 37 shutouts while he has defended 488 shots tried against him in 10,259 career mins. He is the owner of a save % of .715 and his clean sheet rate is currently 32.5%. He has surrendered 1.29 goals per 90 while earning a record of 50-25-39. So far in his MLS career, Vega has conceded 147 goals while totaling 349 stops in 114 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-139)
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