Houston Dynamo vs FC Dallas Prediction, 9/18/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Dynamo vs FC Dallas
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: BBVA Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+125) Dallas (+200)
BBVA Stadium is the site where Jader Obrian and FC Dallas (6-9-10, 10th in Western Conference) will take on the Houston Dynamo (4-11-10, 12th in Western Conference) on Saturday. The starting goaltenders are Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo and Jimmy Maurer for FC Dallas. FCD is priced at +200 while the Dynamo are at +125. The over/under opens at 2.5.
Houston faced Austin in their most recent match and earned the victory with a final of 3-0. When talking about passing the ball, they earned a 81.1% received passes percentage by converting 249 of the 307 targeted passes in their last game. The Dynamo attempted 10 dribbles in this game and were successful in 4 of the attempts for a rate of 40.0%.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Houston finished at a 25.0% clip by putting 2 shots on target of 8 shots. Houston averages 1.08 goals per 90 (27 total goals) and have accounted for 18 assists in all competitions for the season.
Fafa Picault is a guy who should be able to impact this game for the Houston Dynamo. He has accounted for 21 assists while accumulating 31 yellow cards during his soccer career. Picault has had a starting assignment in 136 matches so far in his career and tallies 0.36 goals per 90. The forward representing the United States has totaled 49 goals in 12,125 mins played.
One more player who should impact this match is Maximiliano Urruti, the forward born in Argentina. Urruti has been on the pitch for 15,676 mins in 175 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 23 yellow card cautions. He has helped on a goal 25 times so far in his pro soccer career while scoring 59 goals. He sports an average of 0.34 goals per 90 mins so far in his pro soccer career.
The man protecting the net for Houston Dynamo will be Marko Maric. Maric has defended the goal for a total of 11,880 minutes and has 335 stops so far in his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.51 (199 goals allowed) and his save % is 68.1. The goalkeeper from Croatia has faced 489 shots tried against him in 132 career starts. Maric (32-48-52 record in his career) has accumulated 25 shutouts, which leaves him with a 18.9% shutout rate.
For their last match, Dallas were able to avoid a loss with a score of 3-3 against New York City. They wrapped up this outing by completing 283 of the 373 passes they tried for a rate of 75.9%. FCD had a 55.0% successful dribble rate by connecting on 11 out of the 20 dribbles they tried. Dallas landed 6 shots on target out of 11 shots tried earning them a 54.5% clip when they last took the field. With a total of 35 goals and 27 assists in all their contests, Dallas sports an average of 1.40 goals and 1.08 assists per 90.
Jader Obrian should be someone to watch for FC Dallas. The midfielder hailing from Colombia has been on the pitch for 7,963 professional minutes and has scored 30 goals. He has accounted for 23 yellow cards in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 3 times. He scores 0.34 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 85 games so far in his career. You should also watch out for Jesus Ferreira, the forward representing Colombia. Ferreira has been handed 10 yellow card warnings in 5,843 minutes played (69 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average during his career is 0.34. He has 22 goals so far in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 13 times.
Jimmy Maurer will be residing in front of the net for FC Dallas. Maurer has tallied 57 shutouts while defending 703 shots against him in 15,229 mins throughout his career. He holds a save % of 71.3 and his clean sheet rate is 33.3%. He has surrendered 1.23 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 68-56-48. In his pro soccer career, Maurer has conceded 208 goals while earning 501 saves in 171 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Dallas (+200)
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