Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Prediction, 9/19/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (+105) Vancouver (+245)
Real Salt Lake (3-5-3, 9th in the Western Conference) plays the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-0-7, 11th in the Western Conference) at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday. The goalies who are expected to start are Zac MacMath for Real Salt Lake and Thomas Hasal for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Whitecaps are priced at +245 while RSL is at +105. The over/under opens at 3.
Salt Lake has been able to control possession for 53.2% of matches while they have success at dribbling 67.2% of the time (4th in the league). They have tried 140 shots at their opponents with 45 on target, which is a 32.1% shots on target percentage. RSL as a team have scored 16 goals this year, which ranks 14th in MLS. They have been on the receiving end of 4,310 passes from teammates on 4,929 targets for the year, which makes their receiving percentage 87.4%.
Damir Kreilach is a guy who should be able to impact this match for RSL. Kreilach has been a starter in 315 outings so far in his MLS career and he tallies 0.24 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder from Croatia has 75 goals scored (17th among active players) in 27,862 minutes played. He has accounted for 26 assists while earning 60 yellow card cautions during his MLS career. One more player who should impact this match is Albert Rusnak, the midfielder who is from Slovakia. He has assisted on a goal 29 times thus far in his career while scoring 41 goals. Rusnak has totaled 14,435 minutes in 168 starting assignments and has been given a total of 13 yellow card cautions. He currently averages 0.26 goals per 90 minutes during his pro soccer career (99th among active players).
The guy who will defend the goal for Salt Lake is Zac MacMath. MacMath (48-43-55 record in his career) has accumulated 39 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 26.7% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper from the United States has faced 622 shots tried against him in 146 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.32 (195 total goals given up) and his save % is .695. MacMath has been on the pitch for a total of 13,253 minutes and has earned 432 stops in his career.
The Whitecaps have dribbled successfully 55.7% of the time for the year while tallying 13 goals. They have a receiving percentage of 87.8% while they control possession of the ball 42.2% of the time. Vancouver has totaled 3,777 pass targets for the season (26th in MLS) with 3,316 completed passes. They have been able to complete 32.6% of their shots on 95 shots.
Lucas Cavallini will need to be on top of his game for Vancouver. The forward from Canada has been on the pitch for 13,052 minutes while he has scored 61 goals (24th among active MLS players). He has 62 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 6 times. He is currently averaging 0.42 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 120 games in his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Yordy Reyna, the forward who was born in Peru. He has accumulated 34 goals in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 20 times. Reyna has been handed 27 yellow card warnings in 8,621 mins (94 starting assignments). His G/90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.35 (62nd among active MLS players).
Thomas Hasal will look after the goal for the Whitecaps. Hasal has 1 clean sheet while defending 42 shots against him in 663 career mins. He has a save percentage of .714 and his clean sheet rate is 14.3%. He has conceded 1.90 goals per 90 mins and he has a record of 3-0-4. So far in his pro soccer career, Hasal has surrendered 14 goals while he has racked up 30 stops in 7 starts.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Vancouver (+245)
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