Sporting KC vs FC Dallas Prediction, 9/19/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs FC Dallas
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-132) Dallas (+275)
Children's Mercy Park is the venue where FC Dallas (4-4-2, 4th in the Western Conference) will take on Sporting KC (6-2-3, 1st in the Western Conference) on Saturday. The goalkeepers protecting the net are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Jimmy Maurer for FC Dallas. FCD is priced at +275 while Sporting Kansas City is at -132. The over/under is set at 2.75.
Kansas City controls possession for 50.5% of matches while they have success at dribbling 58.5% of the time (17th in Major League Soccer). They have tried 160 shots at the opposition with 48 being on target, which means they have a 30.0% SOT percentage. Sporting KC as a team have earned 20 goals on the year, which is currently 3rd in the league. They have caught 4,387 passes on 4,989 tries on the season, making their receiving percentage 87.9%.
Graham Zusi is a guy who should impact this matchup for Sporting KC. He has totaled 47 assists while tallying 25 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career. Zusi has been in the starting lineup in 248 outings during his MLS career and has 0.11 goals per 90 mins. The defender from the United States has earned 29 goals (80th among active players) in 22,778 mins. One more player who should impact this match is Ilie Sanchez, the midfielder who is from Spain. Sanchez has totaled 18,986 mins in 211 career starts and has been given 53 yellow card warnings. He has helped on a goal 12 times thus far in his career while scoring 9 total goals. He averages 0.04 G/90 during his MLS career (275th among active players).
The guy who will defend the goal for Kansas City will be Tim Melia. Melia (72-47-62 record in his career) has recorded 55 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 30.6% shutout percentage. The keeper from the United States has seen 780 shots sent his way in 180 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.28 (229 goals conceded) and his save percentage is .719. Melia has been on the field for 16,163 minutes and has earned 561 saves in his MLS career.
Dallas has totaled 4,231 targets this season (22nd in the league) and they have 3,729 completed passes. They hold a receiving percentage of 88.1% while controlling possession of the ball 50.9% of the time. FCD have dribbled successfully 59.5% of the time this year while accumulating 16 goals. They have been able to hit on 37.7% of their SOT out of 114 shots.
Matt Hedges will be counted on for Dallas. He is averaging 0.07 goals per 90 and has started 61 contests so far in his pro soccer career. The defender from the United States has 21,669 mins and he has scored 16 goals (139th among active MLS players). He has collected 35 yellow cards so far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 2 times. You should also keep an eye on Michael Barrios, the forward who represents Colombia. Barrios has been handed a total of 19 yellow cards in 13,013 minutes (148 starts). His goals per 90 average so far in his MLS career is 0.21 (124th among active players). He has earned 30 goals so far in his career while assisting on a goal 36 times.
Jimmy Maurer will look after the goal for FCD. So far in his MLS career, Maurer has conceded 170 goals while he has accumulated 416 saves in 142 starts. He has allowed 1.21 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a record of 59-47-37. He has earned a save % of .714 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 34.5%. Maurer has totaled 49 clean sheets while seeing 583 shots tried against him in 12,649 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Dallas (+275)
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