Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC Prediction, 9/5/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020
Location: BC Place in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Vancouver (+600) Toronto (-200)
Alejandro Pozuelo and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2-0-6, 13th in the Western Conference) play Toronto FC (5-3-1, 2nd in the Eastern Conference) at BC Place on Saturday. The goaltenders protecting the net will be Thomas Hasal for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Quentin Westberg for Toronto FC. TFC is priced at -200 while the Whitecaps are at +600. The O/U has been set at 2.75.
The Whitecaps as a team have earned 6 goals on the year, which ranks them 24th in MLS. They have launched 61 shots at the opposition with 17 on target, which calculates to a 27.9% SOT percentage. Vancouver controls possession for 41.3% of games while successfully dribbling 52.7% of the time (25th in Major League Soccer). They have caught 2,699 passes on 3,072 targets for the year, which makes their receiving percentage 87.9%.
Cristian Dajome is a player who should be able to impact this match for the Whitecaps. Dajome has had a starting assignment in 108 matches in his career and has 0.22 goals per 90. The midfielder from Colombia has tallied 24 goals scored (94th among active players) in 9,643 professional minutes played. He has 7 assists while accumulating 17 yellow card warnings during his MLS career. Someone else who should impact this game is Lucas Cavallini, the forward who represents Canada. He has helped on a goal 6 times thus far in his career while scoring 60 total goals. Cavallini has been on the pitch for 12,907 minutes in 144 career starting assignments and has been given 59 yellow card warnings. He is averaging 0.42 goals per 90 minutes during his pro soccer career (39th among active players).
The guy defending the goal for Vancouver will be Thomas Hasal. Hasal (1-0-3 record in his MLS career) has accumulated 1 clean sheet, which gives him a 25.0% shutout rate. The keeper from Canada has faced 24 shots tried at him in 4 starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.60 (7 goals allowed) and he has a save % of .750. Hasal has been on the field for 393 mins and has 18 stops during his pro soccer career.
Toronto has totaled 5,206 pass targets this year (1st in the league) and they have 4,698 completed passes. They hold a receiving percentage of 90.2% and they have controlled possession of the ball 57.3% of the time. TFC have had success dribbling 58.2% of the time for the year while tallying 14 goals. They have connected on 40.6% of their shots on 128 shots.
Alejandro Pozuelo should provide a lift for Toronto. He scores 0.21 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 147 contests during his MLS career. The midfielder who hails from Spain has earned 16,603 mins while scoring 38 goals (56th among active MLS players). He has earned 30 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 47 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Jozy Altidore, the forward from the United States. He has scored 113 goals so far in his MLS career while assisting a teammate on a goal 29 different times. Altidore has earned himself a total of 46 yellow card warnings in 20,108 professional minutes played (227 starts). His goals per 90 minute average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.51 (19th among active players).
Quentin Westberg will be looking after the net for TFC. In his career, Westberg has conceded 102 goals while he has tallied 179 stops in 80 starts. He has conceded 1.27 goals per 90 while he holds a mark of 30-25-26. He is the owner of a save % of .678 and his shutout rate is 31.3%. Westberg has earned 25 shutouts while defending 264 shots against him in 7,227 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Vancouver (+600)
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