Seattle Sounders FC vs Los Angeles FC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/30/2020
Game: Seattle Sounders FC vs Los Angeles FC
Date: Sunday, August 30, 2020
Location: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA
Odds/Point Spread: Seattle (+188) Los Angeles (-120)
Raul Ruidiaz and Los Angeles FC (2-3-1, 5th in the Western Conference) are headed to CenturyLink Field on Sunday where they'll meet the Seattle Sounders FC (3-2-1, 2nd in the Western Conference). The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC and Kenneth Vermeer for Los Angeles FC. LAFC is priced at -120 while the Sounders are at +188. The total opens at 2.5.
The Sounders as a team have 10 goals on the season, which ranks 9th in the league. They have attempted 76 shots at their opponents goal with 25 on target, which means they have a 32.9% SOT percentage. Seattle has controlled possession of the ball for 52.2% of games while successfully dribbling 69.6% of the time (3rd in Major League Soccer). Their players have received 2,722 passes from teammates on 3,103 tries for the campaign, making their receiving percentage 87.7%.
Raul Ruidiaz is a player who should impact this matchup for the Sounders. Ruidiaz has been in the starting lineup in 135 games in his career and scores 0.67 goals per 90. The forward who was born in Peru has 87 goals (13th among active players) in 11,703 minutes. He has accounted for 8 assists while tallying 12 yellow cards so far in his career. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Jordan Morris, the forward who was born in the United States. Morris has totaled 7,090 minutes in 82 starts and has been given 2 yellow card cautions. He has assisted on a goal 13 times during his career while scoring 28 goals. He currently averages 0.36 goals per 90 mins so far in his career (63rd among active players).
The guy who will defend the goal for Seattle will be Stefan Frei. Frei has played for 25,626 mins and has 950 stops in his career. His GA/90 is 1.31 (373 goals given up) and he has earned a save % of .724. The keeper from Switzerland has faced 1,313 shots tried at him in 285 starting assignments. Frei (119-67-98 record during his career) has accounted for 79 clean sheets, which gives him a 27.7% clean sheet rate.
LAFC have been able to dribble successfully 61.6% of the time this season while accumulating 15 goals. They have a receiving percentage of 84.4% while controlling possession of the ball 62.8% of the time. Los Angeles has totaled 3,251 targets this year (4th in the league) to go along with 2,743 successful received passes. They have been able to hit on 40.2% of their SOT out of 112 shots.
Mark-Anthony Kaye should provide a lift for Los Angeles. He has an average of 0.14 G/90 and has been given a starting assignment in 11 contests thus far in his career. The midfielder who is from Canada has been on the pitch for 9,164 minutes while he has scored 14 goals (157th among active players). He has totaled 18 yellow cards thus far in his career and has assisted on a goal 18 times. Make sure to watch out for Diego Rossi, the forward from Uruguay. He has accumulated 46 goals thus far in his career while assisting on a goal 13 different times. Rossi has been given 6 yellow card cautions in 8,706 professional minutes (97 starts). His goals per 90 minute average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.48 (27th among active MLS players).
Kenneth Vermeer is expected to look after the goal for LAFC. Vermeer has accumulated 73 shutouts while defending 863 shots attempted against him in 20,774 mins throughout his career. He sports a save percentage of .692 and his clean sheet rate sits at 31.5%. He has surrendered 1.25 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a mark of 128-51-50. So far in his pro soccer career, Vermeer has surrendered 288 goals while earning 597 stops in 232 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-120)
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