Houston Dynamo vs Colorado Rapids Prediction, 10/31/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Dynamo vs Colorado Rapids
Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Location: PNC Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+164) Colorado (+171)
PNC Stadium is the venue where Michael Barrios and the Colorado Rapids (15-10-7, 3rd in Western Conference) will take on the Houston Dynamo (6-12-14, 11th in Western Conference) on Sunday. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo and William Yarbrough for the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids are priced at +171 while the Dynamo are at +164. The O/U has been set at 2.75.
Houston faced off with Austin in their most recent game and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-1. The Dynamo attempted 18 dribbles in this matchup and were successful in 8 of the dribbles for a percentage of 44.4%. In sharing the ball, they had a 83.3% rate by completing 354 of the 425 passing targets in their last outing.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Houston ended this match at a 40.0% rate by landing 6 shots on target of 15 total shots. Houston averages 1.06 goals per 90 (34 total goals) and have accumulated 23 assists in all competitions for the year.
Maximiliano Urruti is a player who can be a difference maker for the Houston Dynamo. Urruti has been in the starting lineup in 180 games in his career and has 0.33 G/90. The forward born in Argentina has tallied 60 goals scored in 16,122 professional minutes. He has accounted for 25 assists while accumulating 23 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career.
Another guy who could decide the outcome is Fafa Picault, the forward hailing from the United States. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 22 times thus far in his career while scoring 51 total goals. Picault has totaled 12,713 mins during 143 starts and has been given 31 yellow card warnings. He is currently averaging 0.36 goals per 90 for his career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Houston Dynamo is Marko Maric. Maric (32-48-53 mark in his career) has earned 25 shutouts, which leaves him with a 18.8% shutout percentage. The goalie hailing from Croatia has had 495 shots attempted against him in 133 career starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.51 (201 goals conceded) and he is the owner of a save percentage of 68.1. Maric has played for 11,970 mins and has tallied 340 stops so far in his career.
In their last outing, Colorado took a defeat with a final score of 1-0 against New England. The Rapids had a 50.0% successful dribble percentage by converting 9 of the 18 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 425 out of their 462 attempted passes earning a percentage of 92.0%. Colorado converted 4 shots on goal out of the team's 13 shots attempted which had them at a 30.8% clip when they last took the field. Having accumulated 44 goals and 33 assists for all their matches, Colorado averages 1.37 goals and 1.03 assists per 90 minutes.
Michael Barrios will be someone to watch for Colorado Rapids. The forward from Colombia has accumulated 15,881 mins while he has scored 39 goals. He has tallied 25 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 41 times. He is averaging 0.22 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 182 matches thus far in his career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Jonathan Lewis, the midfielder representing the United States. Lewis has been given a total of 5 yellow card warnings in 3,864 mins played (37 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average during his pro soccer career is 0.42. He has scored 18 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 9 times.
William Yarbrough will be residing in front of the goal for Colorado Rapids. So far in his career, Yarbrough has surrendered 253 goals and has tallied 628 stops in 191 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.33 goals per 90 mins while holding a record of 74-51-65. He has earned a save % of 73.7 and his shutout rate sits at 27.7%. Yarbrough has tallied 53 shutouts and has seen 870 shots against him in 17,145 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Colorado (+171)
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