Minnesota United FC vs Houston Dynamo Prediction, 10/18/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota United FC vs Houston Dynamo
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Location: Allianz Field in Saint Paul, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (-101) Houston (+283)
Allianz Field is the venue where Christian Ramirez and the Houston Dynamo (4-7-7, 11th in the Western Conference) will take on Minnesota United (6-5-5, 6th in the Western Conference) on Sunday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start will be Dayne St. Clair for Minnesota United and Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo are priced at +283 while the Loons are at -101. The total is set at 2.75.
The Loons have accounted for 24 goals for the year, which has them 12th in the league. They have attempted 201 shots at the opposition with 73 on target, which calculates to a 36.3% SOT percentage. Minnesota has been able to maintain possession for 46.9% of the time while they successfully dribble 58.4% of the time (16th in MLS). Their players have been on the receiving end of 5,895 passes from teammates on 6,819 tries for the year, which gives them a receiving percentage of 86.4%.
Kevin Molino is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Minnesota. He has 45 assists while accumulating 14 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career. Molino has been in the starting lineup in 161 outings during his career and accounts for 0.37 goals per 90. The midfielder from Trinidad and Tobago has totaled 57 goals scored in 13,828 professional minutes played. Another player who should impact this match is Kei Kamara, the forward who is from Sierra Leone. He has helped a teammate on a goal 43 times so far in his career while scoring 135 goals. Kamara has earned 29,080 mins in 319 career starting assignments and has been handed 46 yellow cards. He scores 0.42 G/90 so far in his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for San Antonio will be Dayne St. Clair. St. Clair has seen the pitch for a total of 1,170 minutes and is sitting with 40 saves in his pro soccer career. His GA/90 is 0.85 (11 total goals conceded) and his save percentage is .784. The goalie from Canada has seen 51 shots attempted against him in 13 starts. St. Clair (6-5-2 record in his career) has accumulated 7 shutouts, which leaves him with a 53.8% shutout percentage.
The Dynamo have had success dribbling 54.2% of the time for the campaign while totaling 25 goals. They have a receiving percentage of 86.7% while controlling possession of the ball 48.8% of the time. Houston has tallied 8,210 pass targets this season (7th in MLS) to go along with 7,118 completed passes. They have completed 35.8% of their shots on 246 total shots.
Christian Ramirez will need to provide a lift for Houston. He is averaging 0.56 G/90 and has been a starter in 175 contests during his career. The forward who was born in the United States has been on the field for 14,801 professional minutes while he has scored 92 goals. He has earned 4 yellow cards during his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 28 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Carlos Darwin Quintero, the forward who represents Colombia. He has scored 94 goals in his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 85 different times. Quintero has been given a total of 54 yellow card cautions in 25,630 professional minutes (286 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average during his pro soccer career is 0.33.
Marko Maric will be residing in front of the goal for the Dynamo. In his pro soccer career, Maric has conceded 157 goals while he has 254 stops in 106 starts. He has given up 1.48 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a record of 29-36-41. He has a save percentage of .688 and his shutout rate sits at 20.8%. Maric has recorded 22 shutouts while he has defended 368 shots tried against him in 9,540 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (-101)
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