Sporting KC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 7/26/2020
Game: Sporting KC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Date: Sunday, July 26, 2020
Location: ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-182) Vancouver (+425)
Yordy Reyna and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3-0-5, 8th in the Western Conference) play Sporting KC (6-0-2, 1st in the Western Conference) at ESPN Sports Complex on Sunday. The goalkeepers protecting the net are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Maxime Crepeau for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Whitecaps are priced at +425 while Sporting Kansas City is at -182. The total has been set at 3.
Sporting KC have tallied 13 goals this season, which is 2nd in the league. They have attempted 68 shots at their opponents goal with 26 of them being on target, which comes out to a 38.2% shots on target percentage. Kansas City maintains possession for 54.6% of the game while they have success at dribbling 62.2% of the time (11th in MLS). They have received 2,189 passes from teammates on 2,443 targets so far this year, giving them a receiving percentage of 89.6%.
Alan Pulido is a player who can be a difference maker for Sporting KC. Pulido has been in the starting lineup in 132 contests so far in his career and scores 0.43 G/90. The forward from Mexico has totaled 61 goals scored (24th among active players) in 12,850 minutes played. He has 21 assists while earning 16 yellow cards during his pro soccer career. Another player who should impact this match is Ilie Sanchez, the midfielder who was born in Spain. He has assisted on a goal 12 times so far in his MLS career while he has scored 9 goals. Sanchez has totaled 18,986 minutes during 211 career starting assignments and has earned himself a total of 53 yellow card warnings. He is averaging 0.04 goals per 90 mins so far in his pro soccer career (271st among active players).
The guy who will defend the goal for Kansas City is Tim Melia. Melia (70-45-60 record in his MLS career) has recorded 54 clean sheets, which has his sitting with a 31.0% clean sheet rate. The goalie from the United States has seen 754 shots tried against him in 174 career starting assignments. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.26 (219 goals allowed) and he has a save percentage of .721. Melia has seen the pitch for 15,623 mins and has 544 saves thus far in his career.
The Whitecaps have been able to dribble successfully 56.3% of the time on the year while earning 6 goals. They hold a receiving percentage of 86.0% and they control possession of the ball 43.4% of the time. Vancouver has tallied 1,934 targets for the season (18th in the league) to go along with 1,664 successful received passes. The have hit on 34.1% of their SOT out of 41 total shots.
Yordy Reyna should provide a spark for Vancouver. The forward who was born in Peru has been on the field for 8,510 minutes while he has scored 34 goals (63rd among active MLS players). He has totaled 27 yellow card warnings in his MLS career and has helped on a goal 20 times. He currently averages 0.36 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 79 matches thus far in his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Cristian Dajome, the midfielder who hails from Colombia. Dajome has been given a total of 17 yellow card cautions in 9,499 minutes played (106 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.23 (113th among active players). He has 24 goals so far in his MLS career while assisting a teammate on a goal 7 different times.
Maxime Crepeau will be residing in front of the net for the Whitecaps. Thus far in his career, Crépeau has conceded 145 goals while he has totaled 325 saves in 94 starts. He has allowed 1.55 goals per 90 mins while holding a record of 25-17-51. He is the owner of a save % of .707 and his clean sheet rate is 25.5%. Crépeau has racked up 24 shutouts while he has seen 460 shots against him in 8,427 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Vancouver (+425)
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