Real Salt Lake vs Los Angeles FC Prediction, 9/9/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Los Angeles FC
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (+260) Los Angeles (-110)
Damir Kreilach and Los Angeles FC (3-3-3, 7th in the Western Conference) head to Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday where they'll meet Real Salt Lake (2-5-2, 8th in the Western Conference). The goaltenders protecting the net are Zac MacMath for Real Salt Lake and Kenneth Vermeer for Los Angeles FC. LAFC is priced at -110 while RSL is at +260. The over/under is set at 2.75.
Salt Lake has controlled possession for 55.2% of contests while successfully dribbling 62.8% of the time (6th in MLS). They have attempted 112 shots with 37 on target, which is a 33.0% SOT percentage. RSL as a team have totaled 13 goals for the year, which ranks 13th in MLS. They have caught 3,343 passes from teammates on 3,764 targets on the season, which has earned them a receiving percentage of 88.8%.
Damir Kreilach is a guy who can be a difference maker for RSL. Kreilach has been given a starting assignment in 313 games so far in his career while scoring 0.24 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder who is from Croatia has racked up 74 goals scored (17th among active MLS players) in 27,691 mins played. He has 26 assists while tallying 59 yellow card cautions in his MLS career. Another player who should impact this match is Albert Rusnak, the midfielder from Slovakia. Rusnak has accumulated 14,255 mins in 166 starting assignments and has been handed 13 yellow cards. He has helped a teammate on a goal 29 times so far in his pro soccer career and he has scored 40 goals. He currently averages 0.25 G/90 so far in his career (100th among active MLS players).
The man who will defend the goal for Salt Lake will be Zac MacMath. MacMath (48-43-55 mark during his career) has earned 39 clean sheets, which has earned him a 26.7% clean sheet rate. The keeper from the United States has had 622 shots tried at him in 146 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.32 (195 total goals allowed) and he holds a save % of .695. MacMath has been on the field for a total of 13,253 minutes and is sitting with 432 stops during his pro soccer career.
Los Angeles has 4,238 pass targets this season (9th in the league) to go along with 3,518 completed passes. They hold a receiving percentage of 83.0% and they control possession of the ball 59.9% of the time. LAFC have had success dribbling 59.7% of the time on the campaign while accumulating 21 goals. They have completed 40.3% of their SOT on 159 shots.
Diego Rossi will be counted on for Los Angeles. He currently averages 0.49 goals per 90 and has been given a starting assignment in 192 games in his MLS career. The forward who is from Uruguay has accumulated 8,966 minutes while scoring 49 goals (42nd among active MLS players). He has accumulated 6 yellow card warnings so far in his career and has assisted on a goal 13 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Latif Blessing, the midfielder who is from Ghana. Blessing has been given a total of 12 yellow cards in 6,818 professional minutes (73 career starting assignments). His G/90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.20 (129th among active MLS players). He has earned 15 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 12 different times.
Kenneth Vermeer will reside in front of the net for LAFC. Thus far in his career, Vermeer has conceded 291 goals while he has 597 stops in 233 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.26 goals per 90 while holding a mark of 128-51-51. He has earned a save % of .689 and his shutout rate is currently 31.3%. Vermeer has recorded 73 clean sheets while he has seen 866 shots tried against him in 20,864 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Salt Lake (+260)
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