Sporting KC vs Colorado Rapids Prediction, 10/24/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Colorado Rapids
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
TV: FOX Sports KC
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-125) Colorado (+300)
Khiry Shelton and Sporting KC (9-3-6, 3rd in the Western Conference) host the Colorado Rapids (5-4-4, 11th in the Western Conference) at Children's Mercy Park on Saturday. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Tim Melia for Sporting KC and William Yarbrough for the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids are priced at +300 while Sporting Kansas City is at -125. The O/U is set at 2.75.
Sporting KC as a team have scored 30 goals this year, which has them 6th in MLS. They have attempted 258 shots at the opposition with 76 on target, which is a 29.5% SOT percentage. Kansas City controls possession for 50.4% of the time while successfully dribbling 57.9% of the time (18th in the league). Their players have received 7,031 passes on 7,928 targets so far this season, which makes their receiving percentage 88.7%.
Khiry Shelton is a guy who can be a difference maker for Kansas City. He has totaled 12 assists while accumulating 5 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career. Shelton has been given a starting assignment in 55 matchups so far in his career and tallies 0.20 goals per 90. The forward who hails from the United States has 12 goals in 5,369 mins. Another player who could decide the outcome is Johnny Russell, the forward who hails from Scotland. He has assisted on a goal 49 times so far in his career and he has scored 90 goals. Russell has played 25,872 mins in 291 starts and has been given a total of 26 yellow card cautions. He is averaging 0.31 goals per 90 so far in his pro soccer career.
The man defending the goal for Sporting KC will be Tim Melia. Melia (75-48-65 record during his career) has accumulated 56 shutouts, which leaves him with a 29.9% clean sheet rate. The goalkeeper from the United States has seen 815 shots tried at him in 187 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.28 (239 goals allowed) and his save percentage is .720. Melia has defended the goal for 16,793 mins and has accumulated 585 saves so far in his pro soccer career.
Colorado has 6,324 pass targets this year (26th in MLS) to go along with 5,680 successful received passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 89.8% and they maintain possession of the ball 53.3% of the time. The Rapids have been able to dribble successfully 58.8% of the time for the year while tallying 23 goals. They have been able to hit on 34.7% of their SOT on 196 shots.
Diego Rubio should be able to be counted on for Colorado. The forward who was born in Chile has totaled 8,038 mins while he has scored 40 goals. He has accumulated 33 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 17 times. He sports an average of 0.45 goals per 90 and has been a starter in 86 games so far in his professional soccer career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Jonathan Lewis, the midfielder who hails from the United States. Lewis has been handed 4 yellow card warnings in 2,475 professional minutes (24 career starts). His goals per 90 minute average in his career is 0.47. He has earned 13 goals in his MLS career while assisting a teammate on a goal 8 different times.
William Yarbrough will reside in front of the goal for the Rapids. So far in his pro soccer career, Yarbrough has given up 215 goals while he has accumulated 510 stops in 155 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.39 goals per 90 mins while he holds a record of 56-41-57. He has a save percentage of .732 and his shutout rate is currently 25.8%. Yarbrough has earned 40 shutouts while he has seen 716 shots against him in 13,905 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (-125)
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