Orlando City SC vs Los Angeles FC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 7/31/2020
Game: Orlando City SC vs Los Angeles FC
Date: Friday, July 31, 2020
Location: ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+240) Los Angeles (-110)
Tesho Akindele and Orlando City (4-3-1, 2nd in the Eastern Conference) head to ESPN Sports Complex on Friday where they'll take on Los Angeles FC (3-5-0, 5th in the Western Conference). The goalkeepers protecting the net are Pedro Gallese for Orlando City and Kenneth Vermeer for Los Angeles FC. The Lions are priced at +240 while LAFC is at -110. The O/U opens at 3.5.
Orlando has been able to control possession for 51.2% of the game while dribbling successfully 59.1% of the time (14th in the league). They have launched 55 shots at their opponents goal with 23 of them being on target, which calculates to a 41.8% SOT percentage. The Lions have scored 7 goals for the season, which is 11th in MLS. Their players have been on the receiving end of 1,937 passes on 2,269 attempts on the campaign, which makes their receiving percentage 85.4%.
Tesho Akindele is a player who should be able to impact this match for the Lions. He has accounted for 9 assists while accumulating 10 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career. Akindele has been in the starting lineup in 92 games so far in his MLS career and has 0.35 goals per 90 mins. The forward who was born in Canada has recorded 35 goals scored (60th among active players) in 9,052 professional minutes played. Someone else who should impact this game is Junior Urso, the midfielder from Brazil. He has helped a teammate on a goal 4 times during his career while he has scored 22 total goals. Urso has totaled 10,332 minutes during 121 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 17 yellow cards. He is averaging 0.19 goals per 90 during his career (133rd among active players).
The man who will protect the net for Orlando will be Pedro Gallese. Gallese (39-32-50 mark in his career) has recorded 26 clean sheets, which has earned him a 21.1% clean sheet rate. The goalkeeper from Peru has faced 173 shots attempted at him in 123 starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.04 (126 total goals surrendered) and he holds a save % of .636. Gallese has seen the field for 10,911 mins and has 110 saves in his pro soccer career.
LAFC have had success dribbling 57.4% of the time so far this year while totaling 15 goals. They hold a receiving percentage of 84.5% while controlling possession of the ball 63.6% of the time. Los Angeles has totaled 2,731 targets on the campaign (1st in the league) and they have 2,309 completed passes. They have completed 40.2% of their shots out of 102 shots.
Latif Blessing will need to be on top of his game for Los Angeles. He scores 0.21 goals per 90 minutes and has been given a starting assignment in 208 games so far in his MLS career. The midfielder who is from Ghana has been on the field for 6,458 mins while scoring 15 goals (140th among active players). He has earned 10 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 12 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Mark-Anthony Kaye, the midfielder who hails from Canada. Kaye has been given 18 yellow cards in 9,074 minutes (105 career starting assignments). His G/90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.14 (165th among active MLS players). He has 14 goals in his career while helping on a goal 18 different times.
Kenneth Vermeer will be looking after the net for LAFC. During his MLS career, Vermeer has allowed 286 goals while he has 593 stops in 231 starts. He has surrendered 1.24 goals per 90 minutes and he has a mark of 128-51-49. He holds a save % of .692 and his shutout rate is currently at 31.6%. Vermeer has totaled 73 shutouts while seeing 857 shots against him in 20,684 career mins.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-110)
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