San Jose Earthquakes vs Minnesota United FC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/1/2020
Game: San Jose Earthquakes vs Minnesota United FC
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020
Location: ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: San Jose (+120) Minnesota (+210)
Luis Amarilla and Minnesota United (4-4-0, 3rd in the Western Conference) play the San Jose Earthquakes (4-3-1, 4th in the Western Conference) at ESPN Sports Complex on Saturday. The goaltenders who are expected to start will be Daniel Vega for the San Jose Earthquakes and Tyler Miller for Minnesota United. The Loons are priced at +210 while the Earthquakes are at +120. The total opens at 2.5.
San Jose maintains possession for 63.6% of games while dribbling successfully 65% of the time (5th in MLS). They have launched 87 shots at their opponents with 31 of them being on target, which calculates to a 35.6% SOT percentage. The Earthquakes as a team have earned 10 goals on the campaign, which is currently 4th in MLS. They have caught 2,357 passes from teammates on 2,683 targets so far this year, making their receiving percentage 87.8%.
Chris Wondolowski is a guy who should impact this matchup for the Earthquakes. Wondolowski has been given a starting assignment in 302 matches in his MLS career and he accounts for 0.53 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder who hails from the United States has racked up 161 goals (1st among active players) in 27,317 professional minutes played. He has totaled 36 assists while earning 34 yellow card warnings during his MLS career. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Andres Rios, the forward who was born in Argentina. Rios has totaled 8,092 mins during 86 starting assignments and has earned himself a total of 16 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 4 times during his pro soccer career while he has scored 24 total goals. He currently averages 0.27 goals per 90 in his pro soccer career (95th among active MLS players).
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for San Jose will be Daniel Vega. Vega has played for 10,169 mins and is sitting with 342 saves in his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.27 (144 goals allowed) and he holds a save % of .715. The goalie from Argentina has had 478 shots attempted at him in 113 starting assignments. Vega (50-25-38 record during his career) has earned 37 shutouts, which has his sitting with a 32.7% shutout rate.
The Loons have successfully dribbled 51.6% of the time so far this year while accumulating 11 goals. They hold a receiving percentage of 84.6% while they control possession of the ball 43.8% of the time. Minnesota has tallied 1,920 pass targets this season (19th in the league) to go along with 1,624 completed passes. They have connected on 43.5% of their shots out of 62 shots.
Luis Amarilla should provide a spark for Minnesota. The forward who hails from Paraguay has totaled 3,194 professional minutes and he has scored 20 goals (110th among active players). He has accumulated 11 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 6 times. He currently averages 0.56 goals per 90 mins and has started 21 contests during his MLS career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Jan Gregus, the midfielder from Slovakia. He has accumulated 16 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 24 different times. Gregus has been given a total of 36 yellow cards in 15,448 mins (169 career starting assignments). His G/90 average during his MLS career is 0.09 (198th among active players).
Tyler Miller is expected to look after the goal for the Loons. So far in his career, Miller has surrendered 142 goals while he has racked up 322 saves in 103 starts. He has surrendered 1.38 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a mark of 52-27-24. He is the owner of a save % of .711 and his shutout rate is 25.2%. Miller has accumulated 26 shutouts while defending 453 shots against him in 9,239 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota (+210)
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