Sporting KC vs FC Dallas Prediction, 9/2/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs FC Dallas
Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-110) Dallas (+260)
Children's Mercy Park is the venue where Zdenek Ondrasek and FC Dallas (2-3-1, 7th in the Western Conference) will play Sporting KC (5-1-2, 1st in the Western Conference) on Wednesday. The starting goalies are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Jimmy Maurer for FC Dallas. FCD is priced at +260 while Sporting Kansas City is at -110. The over/under has been set at 2.75.
Kansas City has controlled possession of the ball for 50.1% of games while dribbling successfully 60.2% of the time (12th in MLS). They have attempted 107 shots at the opposition with 36 on target, which is a 33.6% shots on target percentage. Sporting KC have collected 17 goals on the year, which has them 1st in MLS. Their players have received 3,145 passes from teammates on 3,547 attempts on the campaign, giving them a receiving percentage of 88.7%.
Johnny Russell is a guy who can be a difference maker for Sporting KC. Russell has started 283 games in his career and tallies 0.31 goals per 90 mins. The forward who was born in Scotland has earned 86 goals scored (14th among active players) in 25,085 mins. He has totaled 47 assists while tallying 24 yellow cards during his pro soccer career. Another player who should impact this match is Alan Pulido, the forward who hails from Mexico. Pulido has been on the pitch for 13,093 mins in 135 starting assignments and has been given 17 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 21 times in his career while he has scored 61 goals. He currently averages 0.42 G/90 so far in his pro soccer career (37th among active players).
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Kansas City is Tim Melia. Melia has defended the goal for 15,893 minutes and has accumulated 553 stops during his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.28 (226 goals conceded) and his save percentage is .719. The goalie from the United States has seen 769 shots tried against him in 177 career starts. Melia (71-46-61 mark in his career) has accounted for 54 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 30.5% clean sheet percentage.
FCD have been able to dribble successfully 57% of the time on the year while tallying 7 goals. They have a receiving percentage of 88.7% while they control possession of the ball 54.5% of the time. Dallas has totaled 2,976 pass targets for the campaign (21st in the league) to go along with 2,639 successful received passes. They have completed 34.8% of their SOT on 69 total shots.
Zdenek Ondrasek should be someone to watch for Dallas. He currently averages 0.42 goals per 90 and has been given a starting assignment in 328 games during his MLS career. The forward who is from Czech Republic has been on the field for 17,527 minutes while he has scored 82 goals (15th among active players). He has accumulated 37 yellow cards so far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 23 times. Make sure to watch out for Michael Barrios, the forward who was born in Colombia. He has earned 30 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 34 times. Barrios has been handed 17 yellow card warnings in 12,670 mins (144 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average thus far in his career is 0.21 (119th among active players).
Jimmy Maurer will look after the net for FCD. Maurer has totaled 49 clean sheets while seeing 583 shots against him in 12,608 minutes throughout his career. He holds a save percentage of .714 and his clean sheet rate sits at 34.8%. He has surrendered 1.21 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a mark of 59-46-37. During his career, Maurer has allowed 170 goals while he has accounted for 416 stops in 141 starts.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kansas City (-110)
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