Real Salt Lake vs LA Galaxy Prediction, 9/23/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs LA Galaxy
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (+118) LA (+219)
Rio Tinto Stadium is the site where Jonathan dos Santos and the LA Galaxy (4-3-4, 8th in the Western Conference) will take on Real Salt Lake (3-5-4, 11th in the Western Conference) on Wednesday. The goalies who are expected to start are Zac MacMath for Real Salt Lake and David Bingham for the LA Galaxy. The line on this game has Real Salt Lake priced at +118 and the Galaxy are at +219. The O/U is set at 3.
Salt Lake has been able to maintain possession for 54% of games while they dribble successfully 65.7% of the time (4th in MLS). They have attempted 165 shots at the opposition with 49 being on target, which is a 29.7% shots on target percentage. RSL have scored 17 goals for the year, which ranks them 14th in MLS. Their players have received 4,774 passes from teammates on 5,445 attempts for the year, giving them a receiving percentage of 87.7%.
Albert Rusnak is a player who should be able to impact this match for RSL. Rusnak has started 169 outings so far in his pro soccer career and he accounts for 0.25 goals per 90. The midfielder from Slovakia has totaled 41 goals (51st among active players) in 14,525 minutes played. He has accounted for 29 assists while tallying 13 yellow cards in his MLS career. One more player who should impact this match is Damir Kreilach, the midfielder who hails from Croatia. Kreilach has totaled 27,952 minutes in 316 starts and has been handed a total of 60 yellow card warnings. He has helped on a goal 26 times thus far in his career while he has scored 75 goals. He currently averages 0.24 goals per 90 minutes during his career (105th among active MLS players).
The man defending the goal for Salt Lake will be Zac MacMath. MacMath has seen the pitch for a total of 13,253 mins and has earned 432 stops so far in his MLS career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.32 (195 total goals conceded) and he is the owner of a save percentage of .695. The goalkeeper from the United States has seen 622 shots attempted against him in 146 starts. MacMath (48-43-55 mark in his career) has accumulated 39 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 26.7% shutout rate.
LA has totaled 4,304 targets so far this season (26th in MLS) with 3,683 successful received passes. They hold a receiving percentage of 85.6% while controlling possession of the ball 46.6% of the time. The Galaxy have successfully dribbled 53.5% of the time on the year while earning 15 goals. They have connected on 38.4% of their shots out of 125 total shots.
Jonathan dos Santos will need to provide a spark for LA. He sports an average of 0.08 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 78 contests during his pro soccer career. The midfielder who is from Mexico has been on the pitch for 16,604 minutes while scoring 14 goals (157th among active players). He has 41 yellow cards during his MLS career and has assisted on a goal 25 times. Be sure to watch out for Cristian Pavon, the forward who is from Argentina. He has 29 goals during his MLS career while assisting on a goal 28 different times. Pavon has been given a total of 6 yellow cards in 8,382 minutes played (95 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.31 (82nd among active players).
David Bingham is expected to look after the net for the Galaxy. Bingham has recorded 50 shutouts while defending 801 shots tried against him in 16,472 minutes throughout his career. He has earned a save % of .697 and his clean sheet rate is 27.5%. He has surrendered 1.43 goals per 90 mins while he holds a record of 74-43-67. In his MLS career, Bingham has conceded 262 goals while he has totaled 558 saves in 182 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Salt Lake (+118)
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