Sporting KC vs San Jose Earthquakes Prediction, 11/22/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs San Jose Earthquakes
Date: Sunday, November 22, 2020
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-156) San Jose (+295)
Chris Wondolowski and the San Jose Earthquakes (8-6-9, 7th in the Western Conference) head to Children's Mercy Park on Sunday where they'll take on Sporting KC (12-3-6, 1st in the Western Conference). The goalkeepers protecting the net are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and JT Marcinkowski for the San Jose Earthquakes. The line on this game has Sporting KC coming in at -156 and the Earthquakes are at +295. The total opens at 2.5.
Sporting KC has controlled possession for 49.7% of matches while successfully dribbling 58.5% of the time (14th in the league). They have attempted 307 shots with 98 of them being on target, which comes out to a 31.9% shots on target percentage. Sporting KC have collected 37 goals this season, which has them 6th in the league. They have received 8,053 passes from teammates on 9,167 targets for the season, making their receiving percentage 87.8%.
Khiry Shelton is a player who can be a difference maker for Kansas City. Shelton has had a starting assignment in 57 matches thus far in his career while scoring 0.21 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who is from the United States has totaled 13 goals in 5,525 professional minutes played. He has 12 assists while earning 6 yellow card warnings in his career. Someone else who should impact this match is Johnny Russell, the forward who hails from Scotland. Russell has 26,141 mins in 294 career starts and has been handed 27 yellow cards. He has helped a teammate on a goal 49 times in his career while scoring 90 total goals. He is averaging 0.31 goals per 90 minutes during his pro soccer career.
The man who will defend the goal for Sporting KC will be Tim Melia. Melia has been on the pitch for 17,063 mins and has 593 stops during his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.26 (239 goals conceded) and he holds a save % of .724. The goalkeeper from the United States has had 825 shots tried against him in 190 starting assignments. Melia (78-48-65 record during his career) has tallied 59 clean sheets, which has earned him a 31.1% shutout percentage.
San Jose has 11,130 targets for the campaign (6th in MLS) and they have 9,749 successful received passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 87.6% while they control possession of the ball 55.7% of the time. The Earthquakes have dribbled successfully 55.3% of the time for the year while totaling 34 goals. They have been able to complete 36.8% of their SOT on 299 shots.
Chris Wondolowski should be someone to watch for San Jose Earthquakes. The forward who is from the United States has earned 28,488 professional minutes while scoring 166 goals. He has earned 34 yellow card warnings in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 37 times. He currently averages 0.52 goals per 90 and has been given a starting assignment in 315 matches in his professional soccer career. You should also keep an eye on Andres Rios, the forward from Argentina. He has earned 27 goals during his MLS career while helping on a goal 5 times. Rios has been given a total of 21 yellow card warnings in 9,346 mins played (101 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average so far in his professional soccer career is 0.26.
JT Marcinkowski will be residing in front of the net for the Earthquakes. Marcinkowski has racked up 14 shutouts while defending 255 shots against him in 5,130 minutes in his career. He holds a save percentage of .694 and his clean sheet rate sits at 24.6%. He has conceded 1.42 goals per 90 minutes and he has a mark of 25-14-18. In his MLS career, Marcinkowski has given up 81 goals while totaling 179 stops in 57 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (-156)
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