Real Salt Lake vs Colorado Rapids Prediction, 9/12/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Colorado Rapids
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (+112) Colorado (+252)
Kei Kamara and Real Salt Lake (3-5-2, 7th in the Western Conference) play the Colorado Rapids (2-4-3, 10th in the Western Conference) at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday. The starting goalkeepers will be Zac MacMath for Real Salt Lake and Clint Irwin for the Colorado Rapids. RSL is priced at +112 while the Rapids are at +252. The O/U has been set at 2.75.
Salt Lake controls possession for 54.1% of matches while they have success at dribbling 64.5% of the time (5th in MLS). They have attempted 132 shots at their opponents goal with 45 of them being on target, which is a 34.1% SOT percentage. RSL as a team have 16 goals this season, which is 9th in the league. They have caught 3,729 passes from teammates on 4,176 tries so far this season, giving them a receiving percentage of 89.3%.
Albert Rusnak is a guy who should be able to impact this match for RSL. Rusnak has started 167 matches so far in his career and has 0.26 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder from Slovakia has earned 41 goals (50th among active players) in 14,345 professional minutes. He has totaled 29 assists while accumulating 13 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career. Another player who should impact this match is Damir Kreilach, the midfielder who is from Croatia. Kreilach has been on the pitch for 27,772 minutes in 314 starts and has been given a total of 60 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 26 times during his pro soccer career while scoring 75 total goals. He currently averages 0.24 goals per 90 minutes in his pro soccer career (105th among active players).
The guy protecting the net for Salt Lake is Zac MacMath. MacMath (48-43-55 record in his MLS career) has 39 clean sheets, which has earned him a 26.7% shutout rate. The keeper from the United States has faced 622 shots attempted against him in 146 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.32 (195 total goals conceded) and he has a save % of .695. MacMath has been on the pitch for 13,253 minutes and has earned 432 saves so far in his MLS career.
Colorado has accumulated 4,048 targets this season (18th in the league) to go along with 3,616 successful received passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 89.3% and they control possession of the ball 51.1% of the time. The Rapids have successfully dribbled 55.7% of the time for the campaign while totaling 11 goals. They have been able to complete 34.7% of their SOT on 124 total shots.
Kei Kamara should provide a spark for Colorado. He scores 0.42 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 209 games so far in his MLS career. The forward who is from Sierra Leone has totaled 28,829 professional minutes while he has scored 134 goals (2nd among active MLS players). He has accumulated 46 yellow cards thus far in his career and has assisted on a goal 43 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Younes Namli, the forward who was born in Denmark. He has scored 11 goals during his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 14 different times. Namli has been given 8 yellow card warnings in 7,930 professional minutes (90 starts). His goals per 90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.12 (168th among active MLS players).
Clint Irwin will be looking after the goal for the Rapids. So far in his MLS career, Irwin has given up 221 goals while he has racked up 400 stops in 139 starts. He has conceded 1.57 goals per 90 while earning a mark of 44-35-59. He has a save % of .649 and his clean sheet rate is 23.0%. Irwin has racked up 32 shutouts while defending 616 shots against him in 12,673 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Colorado (+252)
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