Real Salt Lake vs Seattle Sounders FC Prediction, 9/2/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Seattle Sounders FC
Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (+130) Seattle (+180)
Rio Tinto Stadium is the site where Kelvin Leerdam and the Seattle Sounders FC (3-2-1, 2nd in the Western Conference) will take on Real Salt Lake (2-4-1, 5th in the Western Conference) on Wednesday. The expected starting goaltenders will be Zac MacMath for Real Salt Lake and Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC. RSL is priced at +130 while the Sounders are at +180. The over/under has been set at 2.75.
Salt Lake has controlled possession of the ball for 55.9% of the time while they successfully dribble 65% of the time (5th in MLS). They have launched 92 shots at the goal with 28 of them being on target, which calculates to a 30.4% shots on target percentage. RSL as a team have accumulated 11 goals for the season, which is currently 11th in MLS. They have been on the receiving end of 2,954 passes on 3,326 tries for the season, giving them a receiving percentage of 88.8%.
Damir Kreilach is a guy who should be able to impact this match for RSL. He has totaled 26 assists while tallying 58 yellow card cautions in his MLS career. Kreilach has had a starting assignment in 312 matchups thus far in his career and he accounts for 0.24 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder who hails from Croatia has tallied 74 goals scored (17th among active players) in 27,588 mins played. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Albert Rusnak, the forward who is from Slovakia. He has helped a teammate on a goal 28 times during his pro soccer career while scoring 40 goals. Rusnak has been on the pitch for 14,156 mins in 165 career starting assignments and has been given a total of 13 yellow card cautions. He is averaging 0.25 goals per 90 minutes so far in his MLS career (100th among active players).
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Salt Lake will be Zac MacMath. MacMath (48-43-54 mark during his soccer career) has recorded 39 clean sheets, which gives him a 26.9% clean sheet rate. The goalie from the United States has seen 616 shots tried at him in 145 starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.31 (191 goals surrendered) and he has earned a save percentage of .698. MacMath has played for 13,163 mins and has 430 saves so far in his MLS career.
Seattle has accumulated 3,103 targets for the season (16th in MLS) to go along with 2,722 successful received passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 87.7% while they maintain possession of the ball 52.2% of the time. The Sounders have successfully dribbled 69.6% of the time so far this season while scoring 10 goals. They have connected on 31.6% of their SOT out of 76 total shots.
Kelvin Leerdam should be someone to watch for Seattle. The defender from the Netherlands has accumulated 20,526 mins and he has scored 24 goals (96th among active MLS players). He has earned 47 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 24 times. He is averaging 0.11 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 71 games during his MLS career. Make sure to watch out for Raul Ruidiaz, the forward who hails from Peru. Ruidiaz has been handed 12 yellow cards in 11,703 minutes played (135 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average so far in his MLS career is 0.67 (4th among active MLS players). He has scored 87 goals in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 8 different times.
Stefan Frei will look after the net for the Sounders. Frei has recorded 79 clean sheets while he has seen 1,313 shots tried against him in 25,626 minutes throughout his career. He holds a save % of .724 and his shutout rate is 27.7%. He has given up 1.31 goals per 90 minutes and he has a mark of 119-67-98. In his pro soccer career, Frei has surrendered 373 goals while he has accounted for 950 saves in 285 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Seattle (+180)
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