Sporting KC vs Minnesota United FC Prediction, 11/1/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Minnesota United FC
Date: Sunday, November 1, 2020
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
TV: FOX Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-118) Minnesota (+280)
Children's Mercy Park is the site where Kei Kamara and Minnesota United (8-6-5, 5th in the Western Conference) will play Sporting KC (11-3-6, 1st in the Western Conference) on Sunday. The expected starting goalkeepers will be Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Dayne St. Clair for Minnesota United. The line on this game has Sporting KC priced at -118 and the Loons are at +280. The over/under is set at 3.
Sporting KC have accounted for 35 goals on the campaign, which is currently 5th in MLS. They have launched 294 shots at the goal with 92 of them being on target, which calculates to a 31.3% SOT percentage. Kansas City maintains possession for 50% of the time while successfully dribbling 57.4% of the time (19th in the league). They have been on the receiving end of 7,825 passes on 8,866 targets for the year, which gives them a receiving percentage of 88.3%.
Johnny Russell is a player who should be able to impact this game for Kansas City. He has totaled 49 assists while accumulating 26 yellow card warnings during his career. Russell has been given a starting assignment in 293 games in his pro soccer career while he scores 0.31 goals per 90 mins. The forward who is from Scotland has tallied 90 goals in 26,051 minutes. One more player who should impact this match is Khiry Shelton, the forward who hails from the United States. Shelton has been on the pitch for 5,435 minutes during 56 starts and has been given a total of 6 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 12 times thus far in his career while scoring 12 goals. He is currently averaging 0.20 goals per 90 minutes so far in his pro soccer career.
The man who will protect the net for Sporting KC will be Tim Melia. Melia (77-48-65 record in his career) has earned 58 shutouts, which gives him a 30.7% clean sheet rate. The goalie from the United States has had 821 shots sent his way in 189 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.27 (239 total goals given up) and he has earned a save % of .722. Melia has defended the goal for a total of 16,973 mins and has accumulated 590 stops in his career.
The Loons have been able to dribble successfully 57.4% of the time on the year while tallying 28 goals. They have earned a receiving percentage of 86.3% and they have controlled possession of the ball 46.9% of the time. Minnesota has 7,815 targets this season (24th in MLS) and they have 6,744 successful received passes. The have hit on 34.1% of their shots on target on 249 total shots.
Kei Kamara will need to provide a lift for Minnesota. He has an average of 0.42 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 321 outings in his professional soccer career. The forward who is from Sierra Leone has totaled 29,224 professional minutes while he has scored 135 goals. He has collected 46 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 43 times. You should also keep an eye on Kevin Molino, the midfielder who was born in Trinidad and Tobago. He has scored 57 goals in his MLS career while assisting a teammate on a goal 45 times. Molino has been given a total of 14 yellow cards in 14,097 professional minutes (164 career starts). His goals per 90 average thus far in his career is 0.36.
Dayne St. Clair is expected to look after the net for the Loons. In his pro soccer career, St. Clair has given up 14 goals while he has racked up 49 stops in 16 starting assignments. He has allowed 0.87 goals per 90 and he has a record of 8-6-2. He has earned a save % of .785 and his shutout rate sits at 50.0%. St. Clair has totaled 8 shutouts while he has seen 65 shots against him in 1,440 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota (+280)
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