Real Salt Lake vs Sporting KC Prediction, 11/8/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Sporting KC
Date: Sunday, November 8, 2020
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
TV: FOX Sports KC
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (+162) Kansas City (+159)
Johnny Russell and Sporting KC (11-3-6, 2nd in the Western Conference) are headed to Rio Tinto Stadium on Sunday where they'll take on Real Salt Lake (5-7-9, 11th in the Western Conference). The starting goalkeepers will be Andrew Putna for Real Salt Lake and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. RSL is priced at +162 while Sporting Kansas City is at +159. The total has been set at 3.
RSL have accounted for 23 goals for the campaign, which is 20th in the league. They have launched 267 shots at the opposition with 70 on target, which calculates to a 26.2% shots on target percentage. Salt Lake has been able to maintain possession for 52.1% of contests while they successfully dribble 65.9% of the time (2nd in the league). They have received 8,234 passes on 9,437 tries this season, giving them a receiving percentage of 87.3%.
Damir Kreilach is a guy who should be able to impact this game for Salt Lake. Kreilach has started 324 outings so far in his career and scores 0.24 G/90. The forward who is from Croatia has 78 goals in 28,660 mins played. He has 26 assists while accumulating 61 yellow card warnings so far in his career. One more player who should impact this match is Corey Baird, the forward who is from the United States. He has helped on a goal 10 times in his career while he has scored 16 total goals. Baird has earned 5,524 mins in 61 starting assignments and has been given a total of 15 yellow card cautions. He averages 0.26 G/90 during his career.
The man protecting the net for Real Salt Lake will be Andrew Putna. Putna (19-10-12 mark during his career) has accumulated 13 shutouts, which leaves him with a 31.7% clean sheet rate. The goalkeeper from the United States has faced 165 shots tried against him in 41 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.40 (58 goals surrendered) and his save % is .655. Putna has played for a total of 3,735 minutes and has accumulated 108 stops during his career.
Sporting KC have had success dribbling 57.4% of the time for the campaign while accumulating 35 goals. They have a receiving percentage of 88.3% and they have controlled possession of the ball 50% of the time. Kansas City has totaled 8,866 pass targets so far this year (22nd in MLS) and they have 7,825 completed passes. They have completed 31.2% of their shots on target on 295 shots.
Johnny Russell should provide a lift for Sporting KC. The forward who was born in Scotland has been on the pitch for 26,051 professional minutes and he has scored 90 goals. He has accumulated 26 yellow card cautions during his professional soccer career and has helped on a goal 49 times. He currently averages 0.31 G/90 and has been in the starting lineup in 293 games in his pro soccer career. You should also keep an eye on Khiry Shelton, the forward who was born in the United States. Shelton has earned himself 6 yellow card warnings in 5,435 minutes (56 starts). His G/90 average in his professional soccer career is 0.20. He has accounted for 12 goals during his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 12 different times.
Tim Melia is expected to look after the net for Sporting KC. So far in his MLS career, Melia has conceded 239 goals while tallying 590 saves in 189 starts. He has given up 1.27 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 77-48-65. He has earned a save % of .723 and his shutout rate sits at 30.7%. Melia has earned 58 shutouts while defending 822 shots attempted against him in 16,973 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Salt Lake (+162)
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