Philadelphia Union vs Sporting KC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 7/30/2020
Game: Philadelphia Union vs Sporting KC
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020
Location: ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (+195) Kansas City (+135)
Kacper Przybylko and the Philadelphia Union (4-3-1, 3rd in the Eastern Conference) head to ESPN Sports Complex on Thursday where they'll take on Sporting KC (6-0-2, 1st in the Western Conference). The goalkeepers protecting the net are Andre Blake for the Philadelphia Union and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. The Zolos are priced at +195 while Sporting Kansas City is at +135. The total is set at 2.5.
The Zolos have tallied 7 goals for the campaign, which is currently 10th in MLS. They have launched 53 shots with 19 being on target, which is a 35.8% shots on target percentage. Philadelphia controls possession for 43.8% of the match while dribbling successfully 62.9% of the time (9th in MLS). Their players have caught 1,474 passes on 1,816 targets on the year, giving them a receiving percentage of 81.2%.
Kacper Przybylko is a guy who can be a difference maker for the Zolos. He has accounted for 12 assists while tallying 9 yellow cards in his career. Przybylko has been a starter in 97 contests during his career and accounts for 0.38 G/90. The forward who is from Poland has accumulated 39 goals scored (54th among active players) in 9,166 minutes played. Someone else who should impact this match is Alejandro Bedoya, the midfielder who is from the United States. He has assisted on a goal 32 times so far in his career while scoring 37 goals. Bedoya has been on the pitch for 22,731 mins in 249 career starts and has been given 58 yellow card warnings. He averages 0.15 G/90 so far in his MLS career (158th among active MLS players).
The man who will defend the goal for Philadelphia is Andre Blake. Blake has defended the goal for a total of 11,574 minutes and has tallied 419 stops during his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.50 (193 goals conceded) and he has a save % of .699. The keeper from Jamaica has faced 599 shots attempted at him in 129 career starts. Blake (48-29-52 mark in his career) has recorded 32 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 24.8% clean sheet percentage.
Kansas City has totaled 2,443 targets on the year (7th in the league) and they have 2,189 successful received passes. They have a receiving percentage of 89.6% while controlling possession of the ball 54.6% of the time. Sporting KC have successfully dribbled 62.2% of the time so far this season while tallying 13 goals. They have been able to hit on 38.2% of their SOT out of 68 shots.
Roger Espinoza will need to provide a spark for Kansas City. He scores 0.05 goals per 90 minutes and has been given a starting assignment in 71 games during his MLS career. The midfielder who is from Honduras has 21,484 mins while he has scored 11 goals (171st among active MLS players). He has accounted for 57 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 28 times. Make sure to watch out for Johnny Russell, the forward who hails from Scotland. Russell has been handed 24 yellow card warnings in 24,911 professional minutes (281 career starts). His goals per 90 average so far in his MLS career is 0.31 (79th among active MLS players). He has scored 85 goals during his MLS career while helping on a goal 47 times.
Tim Melia will look after the net for Sporting KC. Thus far in his career, Melia has allowed 219 goals while totaling 544 stops in 174 starts. He has conceded 1.26 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a record of 70-45-60. He has a save % of .721 and his clean sheet rate is 31.0%. Melia has recorded 54 shutouts while he has defended 754 shots tried against him in 15,623 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Philadelphia (+195)
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