Colorado Rapids vs Real Salt Lake Prediction, 8/21/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Colorado Rapids vs Real Salt Lake
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021
Location: Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Colorado (+103) Salt Lake (+274)
Damir Kreilach and Real Salt Lake (7-6-6, 5th in Western Conference) travel to Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday where they'll take on the Colorado Rapids (10-4-4, 4th in Western Conference). The starting goalkeepers will be William Yarbrough for the Colorado Rapids and David Ochoa for Real Salt Lake. RSL is priced at +274 while the Rapids are at +103. The over/under is set at 2.5.
Colorado faced off with LA in their last game and notched a win by a score of 2-1. When talking about passing the ball, they finished this match with a 88.0% passes received rate by connecting on 322 of the 366 targeted passes last match. The Rapids attempted 13 dribbles in this match and converted 9 of the dribbles for a rate of 69.2%.
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Concerning shot accuracy, Colorado wrapped this game up at a 21.4% clip by putting 3 shots on target of 14 total shots. Colorado sports an average of 1.44 goals per 90 min (26 goals in total) and have 18 assists in all matches for the season.
Michael Barrios is a player who can be a difference maker for the Colorado Rapids. He has accounted for 40 assists while earning 23 yellow card warnings in his career. Barrios has started 175 matchups during his pro soccer career and has 0.21 G/90. The forward from Colombia has tallied 36 goals scored in 15,185 minutes played.
One more guy who could decide who wins is Andre Shinyashiki, the forward born in Brazil. He has assisted on a goal 3 times in his career and he has scored 15 goals. Shinyashiki has been on the pitch for 3,769 mins in 44 career starting assignments and has been given 8 yellow card cautions. He currently averages 0.36 goals per 90 for his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Colorado Rapids is William Yarbrough. Yarbrough has been on the field for a total of 15,975 minutes and has tallied 583 stops so far in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.36 (241 total goals allowed) and he has earned a save % of 73.3. The keeper from Mexico has seen 813 shots sent his way in 178 career starting assignments. Yarbrough (69-45-63 record in his career) has tallied 49 shutouts, which has earned him a 27.5% clean sheet percentage.
For their last outing, Salt Lake went home victorious with a score of 1-0 against Austin. RSL finished the match with a 37.5% successful dribble percentage by converting 3 out of the 8 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this contest by connecting on 334 out of their 378 passes they attempted earning a percentage of 88.4%. Salt Lake converted 4 shots on target out of the team's 10 shots attempted giving them a 40.0% rate in their last game. With a total of 28 goals and 25 assists for all their matches, Salt Lake sports an average of 1.47 goals and 1.32 assists per 90 minutes.
Damir Kreilach should provide a lift for Real Salt Lake. He scores 0.25 G/90 and has had a starting assignment in 343 games during his career. The forward born in Croatia has been on the pitch for 30,372 minutes while scoring 86 goals. He has earned 66 yellow cards during his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 30 times. Be sure to watch out for Rubio Rubin, the forward born in the United States. He has totaled 16 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 10 times. Rubin has been handed 0 yellow cards in 5,053 mins played (52 starting assignments). His G/90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.28.
David Ochoa will reside in front of the net for Real Salt Lake. Ochoa has racked up 7 clean sheets while seeing 152 shots tried against him in 3,240 mins throughout his career. He has earned a save percentage of 69.7 and his clean sheet rate is currently 19.4%. He has allowed 1.33 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 14-8-14. So far in his career, Ochoa has given up 48 goals and has totaled 107 stops in 36 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Salt Lake (+274)
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