Houston Dynamo vs FC Cincinnati Prediction, 7/3/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Dynamo vs FC Cincinnati
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021
Location: BBVA Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-138) Cincinnati (+350)
Memo Rodriguez and the Houston Dynamo (3-5-3, 6th in Western Conference) play FC Cincinnati (3-1-5, 11th in Eastern Conference) at BBVA Stadium on Saturday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start will be Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo and Kenneth Vermeer for FC Cincinnati. FCC is priced at +350 while the Dynamo are at -138. The over/under opens at 2.5.
Houston faced off with Salt Lake in their last matchup and walked away with a draw with a final of 1-1. In the passing game, they had a 81.3% passes received rate by converting 278 out of their 342 pass targets last match. The Dynamo attempted 18 dribbles in this contest and converted 8 of those attempts for a percentage of 44.4%. Concerning shot accuracy, Houston walked away from the pitch at a 42.9% rate by landing 3 shots on target of 7 total shots. Houston averages 1.27 goals per 90 min (14 total goals) and have accounted for 12 assists in all games this year.
Memo Rodriguez is a guy who should be able to impact this game for the Houston Dynamo. Rodriguez has been a starter in 85 matches so far in his pro soccer career and he scores 0.33 G/90. The midfielder hailing from the United States has tallied 28 goals in 7,587 mins played. He has 14 assists while earning 14 yellow cards during his career. Someone else who should impact this game is Maximiliano Urruti, the forward representing Argentina. Urruti has accumulated 14,759 mins during 165 career starts and has been given 21 yellow cards. He has helped a teammate on a goal 25 times during his career and he has scored 59 total goals. He has an average of 0.36 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The man protecting the net for Houston Dynamo will be Marko Maric. Maric (32-43-47 record in his career) has recorded 23 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 18.9% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from Croatia has seen 445 shots tried at him in 122 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.50 (183 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of 68.5. Maric has seen the field for 10,980 mins and has 307 stops during his soccer career.
In their last outing, Cincinnati took home the win by a final score of 2-0 against Toronto. They wrapped up this outing by converting 436 of the 487 passes they attempted for a rate of 89.5%. FCC ended the game with a 71.4% successful dribble percentage by completing 10 out of the 14 dribbles they pursued. Cincinnati had 4 shots on goal out of 10 shots attempted which gave them a 40.0% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. With a total of 9 goals and 7 assists for all their games, Cincinnati averages 1.00 goal and 0.78 assists per 90 min.
Yuya Kubo will need to provide a spark for FC Cincinnati. He is averaging 0.36 goals per 90 minutes and has been given a starting assignment in 144 contests so far in his career. The forward hailing from Japan has played 13,042 professional minutes while scoring 52 goals. He has totaled 17 yellow card warnings during his career and has helped on a goal 15 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Brenner, the forward born in Brazil. He has earned 14 goals so far in his career while assisting on a goal 3 times. Brenner has earned himself 7 yellow card warnings in 3,275 professional minutes played (35 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.38.
Kenneth Vermeer will be looking after the net for FC Cincinnati. So far in his career, Vermeer has conceded 303 goals and has earned 613 stops in 242 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.26 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 132-52-55. He holds a save % of 68.7 and his clean sheet rate is currently 31.0%. Vermeer has racked up 75 shutouts and has seen 894 shots against him in 21,674 career mins.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cincinnati (+350)
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