FC Dallas vs Sporting KC Prediction, 8/14/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: FC Dallas vs Sporting KC
Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021
Location: Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (+155) Kansas City (+137)
Toyota Stadium is the site where Alan Pulido and Sporting KC (10-4-4, 1st in Western Conference) will play FC Dallas (5-6-7, 9th in Western Conference) on Saturday. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Jimmy Maurer for FC Dallas and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. The odds on this matchup have FC Dallas priced at +155 and Sporting Kansas City is at +137. The total has been set at 2.75.
Dallas stepped onto the pitch against Austin in their last match and went home with a win by a final score of 2-0. FCD tried 11 dribbles in this contest and were successful in 8 of the dribbles for a percentage of 72.7%. When discussing the passing game, they finished this match with a 85.7% received passes percentage by connecting on 424 of the 495 passing targets in their last outing.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Dallas wrapped this game up at a 45.5% rate by landing 5 SoT out of 11 shots. Dallas averages 1.22 goals per 90 minutes (22 goals in total) and have tallied 18 assists in all matches this year.
Jader Obrian is a player who can be a difference maker for FC Dallas. Obrian has had a starting assignment in 80 matches in his career and he has earned 0.32 goals per 90. The midfielder from Colombia has 27 goals in 7,512 professional minutes played. He has totaled 2 assists while tallying 21 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career.
One more player who could decide who wins is Ricardo Pepi, the forward born in the United States. Pepi has totaled 1,622 mins in 17 starting assignments and has been given 1 yellow card cautions. He has assisted on a goal 1 time during his soccer career and he has scored 10 goals. He has an average of 0.55 goals per 90 minutes during his career.
The guy who will defend the goal for FC Dallas will be Jimmy Maurer. Maurer (68-55-46 mark in his career) has totaled 57 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 33.9% shutout percentage. The goalie born in the United States has seen 693 shots attempted against him in 168 starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.22 (203 goals conceded) and he has a save percentage of 71.4. Maurer has been on the pitch for 14,959 mins and has 495 saves during his soccer career.
In their last outing, Kansas City were able to avoid a loss with a score of 0-0 against Colorado. Sporting KC had a 100.0% successful dribble rate by completing 8 out of the 8 dribbles they tried. They finished the match by converting 411 of the 481 passes they tried earning a percentage of 85.4%. Kansas City converted 0 shots on goal out of 6 shots tried which had them at a 0.0% rate when they last took the field. Having earned a total of 33 goals and 20 assists in all their games, Kansas City sports an average of 1.83 goals and 1.11 assists per 90.
Alan Pulido will need to provide a spark for Sporting KC. The forward born in Mexico has earned 14,264 minutes while scoring 71 goals. He has 17 yellow card warnings during his soccer career and has assisted on a goal 23 times. He scores 0.45 goals per 90 minutes and has been given a starting assignment in 147 outings in his pro soccer career. You should also keep an eye on Daniel Salloi, the forward representing Hungary. Salloi has been given 10 yellow card warnings in 9,030 mins played (98 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average during his pro soccer career is 0.33. He has collected 33 goals so far in his career while assisting on a goal 21 different times.
Tim Melia will be residing in front of the net for Sporting KC. During his pro soccer career, Melia has conceded 252 goals while tallying 626 saves in 203 starts. He has conceded 1.24 goals per 90 while earning a mark of 86-51-67. He sports a save percentage of 72.4 and his clean sheet rate is 30.5%. Melia has racked up 62 shutouts while defending 872 shots attempted against him in 18,233 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kansas City (+137)
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