Seattle Sounders FC vs Los Angeles FC Prediction, 9/18/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Seattle Sounders FC vs Los Angeles FC
Date: Friday, September 18, 2020
Location: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA
Odds/Point Spread: Seattle (+160) Los Angeles (+145)
Los Angeles FC (4-3-4, 5th in the Western Conference) travels to CenturyLink Field on Friday where they'll meet the Seattle Sounders FC (5-3-2, 2nd in the Western Conference). The goalkeepers protecting the net are Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC and Kenneth Vermeer for Los Angeles FC. The Sounders are priced at +160 while LAFC is at +145. The O/U has been set at 3.5.
The Sounders as a team have earned 23 goals for the year, which is 2nd in MLS. They have tried 121 shots with 41 of them being on target, which calculates to a 33.9% shots on target percentage. Seattle has controlled possession for 52.1% of matches while successfully dribbling 68.1% of the time (3rd in MLS). They have received 4,366 passes from teammates on 5,071 tries this year, giving them a receiving percentage of 86.1%.
Kelvin Leerdam is a guy who should be able to impact this match for the Sounders. Leerdam has been in the starting lineup in 234 games in his MLS career and he tallies 0.11 goals per 90 minutes. The defender who hails from the Netherlands has racked up 26 goals (88th among active MLS players) in 20,771 mins. He has 25 assists while earning 48 yellow cards so far in his MLS career. Someone else who should impact this game is Raul Ruidiaz, the forward who hails from Peru. He has helped a teammate on a goal 9 times during his pro soccer career while scoring 90 total goals. Ruidiaz has totaled 11,976 minutes during 139 career starting assignments and has been handed a total of 12 yellow card warnings. He is currently averaging 0.68 goals per 90 in his pro soccer career (3rd among active players).
The man who will defend the goal for Seattle will be Stefan Frei. Frei has been on the pitch for a total of 25,986 mins and has earned 962 stops during his MLS career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.31 (379 total goals surrendered) and he holds a save percentage of .723. The keeper from Switzerland has faced 1,331 shots sent his way in 289 career starts. Frei (121-68-99 mark in his career) has recorded 79 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 27.3% shutout percentage.
Los Angeles has 5,772 pass targets so far this season (3rd in the league) and they have 4,805 successful received passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 83.2% while controlling possession of the ball 59.1% of the time. LAFC have had success dribbling 58.2% of the time this year while collecting 25 goals. They have been able to connect on 41.3% of their shots on target on 189 shots.
Mark-Anthony Kaye should provide solid play for Los Angeles. The midfielder from Canada has totaled 9,472 professional minutes while scoring 15 goals (147th among active players). He has 19 yellow card cautions in his career and has helped on a goal 20 times. He scores 0.14 goals per 90 and has been a starter in 11 contests thus far in his career. You should also keep an eye on Diego Rossi, the forward who represents Uruguay. He has earned 50 goals so far in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 13 different times. Rossi has been handed 6 yellow cards in 9,146 professional minutes (102 starting assignments). His G/90 average during his MLS career is 0.49 (22nd among active MLS players).
Kenneth Vermeer will reside in front of the net for LAFC. In his career, Vermeer has allowed 291 goals while tallying 597 saves in 233 starting assignments. He has given up 1.26 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a mark of 128-51-51. He has earned a save percentage of .689 and his clean sheet rate sits at 31.3%. Vermeer has tallied 73 shutouts while seeing 866 shots tried against him in 20,864 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Seattle (+160)
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