Sporting KC vs Minnesota United FC Prediction, 12/2/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Minnesota United FC
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-159) Minnesota (+444)
Children's Mercy Park is the site where Robin Lod and Minnesota United (9-7-5, 4th in the Western Conference) will take on Sporting KC (12-3-6, 1st in the Western Conference) on Wednesday. The expected starting goaltenders will be Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Dayne St. Clair for Minnesota United. Sporting Kansas City is priced at -159 while the Loons are at +444. The total has been set at 2.75.
Sporting KC has been able to control possession for 49.7% of matches while they dribble successfully 58.7% of the time (14th in MLS). They have attempted 307 shots at their opponents goal with 98 being on target, which means they have a 31.9% shots on target percentage. Sporting KC have accounted for 37 goals on the season, which has them 6th in MLS. Their players have received 8,053 passes from teammates on 9,168 targets for the season, earning them a receiving percentage of 87.8%.
Johnny Russell is a guy who can be a difference maker for Kansas City. Russell has been a starter in 294 matchups during his career and has 0.31 goals per 90 mins. The forward who represents Scotland has recorded 90 goals in 26,141 minutes played. He has 49 assists while accumulating 27 yellow cards in his career. One more player who should impact this match is Khiry Shelton, the forward from the United States. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 12 times so far in his career and he has scored 13 total goals. Shelton has earned 5,525 minutes during 57 starts and has been given a total of 6 yellow card warnings. He is averaging 0.21 G/90 during his career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Sporting KC will be Tim Melia. Melia has defended the goal for 17,063 minutes and has 593 saves in his pro soccer career. His GA/90 is 1.26 (239 goals allowed) and he has earned a save percentage of .724. The goalie from the United States has had 825 shots attempted against him in 190 starts. Melia (78-48-65 mark during his career) has accumulated 59 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 31.1% clean sheet percentage.
Minnesota has totaled 9,120 targets so far this year (24th in MLS) and they have 7,853 successful received passes. They have a receiving percentage of 86.1% while they control possession of the ball 47.3% of the time. The Loons have successfully dribbled 60.2% of the time this year while earning 33 goals. They have completed 35.5% of their SOT on 282 shots.
Robin Lod should provide a lift for Minnesota United FC. The midfielder from Finland has been on the field for 13,964 professional minutes while he has scored 36 goals. He has collected 15 yellow cards in his professional soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 24 times. He sports an average of 0.23 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 158 matches during his professional soccer career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Kevin Molino, the midfielder who is from Trinidad and Tobago. He has tallied 59 goals so far in his MLS career while helping on a goal 45 different times. Molino has been handed 14 yellow cards in 14,266 mins played (166 starting assignments). His G/90 average in his career is 0.37.
Dayne St. Clair will look after the goal for the Loons. St. Clair has totaled 9 clean sheets while he has defended 76 shots against him in 1,620 mins throughout his career. He sports a save percentage of .789 and his shutout rate is 50.0%. He has allowed 0.89 goals per 90 minutes while earning a mark of 9-7-2. So far in his MLS career, St. Clair has surrendered 16 goals while he has totaled 58 stops in 18 starting assignments.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota (+444) and over 2.75 goals
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