Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy Prediction, 10/20/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Location: BBVA Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+112) LA (+195)
Kevin Cabral and the LA Galaxy (12-6-11, 6th in Western Conference) travel to BBVA Stadium on Wednesday where they'll take on the Houston Dynamo (6-12-12, 11th in Western Conference). The goaltenders who are expected to start will be Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo and Jonathan Bond for the LA Galaxy. The line on this game has the Houston Dynamo coming in at +112 and the Galaxy are at +195. The total is set at 2.5.
Houston faced off with Seattle in their most recent game and went home with a win by a final score of 2-1. When talking about passing the ball, they ended up with a 78.3% received passes rate by completing 299 of the 382 pass targets in their last match. The Dynamo tried 27 dribbles in this match and completed 18 of those tries for a percentage of 66.7%.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Houston finished at a 23.1% clip by hitting 3 shots on target out of 13 total shots. Houston averages 1.13 goals per 90 min (34 goals in total) and have accounted for 23 assists in all matches this season.
Fafa Picault is a player who should be able to impact this game for the Houston Dynamo. Picault has been in the starting lineup in 141 outings so far in his pro soccer career and he accounts for 0.37 goals per 90 mins. The forward from the United States has earned 51 goals scored in 12,558 mins played. He has totaled 22 assists while accumulating 31 yellow cards during his career.
One more guy who could decide who wins is Maximiliano Urruti, the forward born in Argentina. He has helped a teammate on a goal 25 times so far in his career while scoring 60 goals. Urruti has earned 15,971 mins during 178 career starts and has been handed 23 yellow cards. He has an average of 0.34 G/90 during his career.
The guy defending the goal for Houston Dynamo is Marko Maric. Maric has been on the pitch for a total of 11,880 minutes and has earned 335 saves so far in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.51 (199 total goals conceded) and he has a save percentage of 68.1. The goalkeeper hailing from Croatia has had 489 shots sent his way in 132 starts. Maric (32-48-52 mark during his soccer career) has totaled 25 clean sheets, which gives him a 18.9% clean sheet percentage.
The last time they took the pitch, LA walked away with a victory by a final of 2-1 against Portland. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 551 of the 584 passing attempts for a percentage of 94.3%. The Galaxy earned a 50.0% successful dribble rate by completing 9 of the 18 dribbles they tried. LA converted 8 shots on goal out of 19 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 42.1% clip in their last match. Having earned a total of 39 goals and 28 assists in all their games, LA is averaging 1.34 goals and 0.97 assists per 90.
Kevin Cabral should provide a lift for LA Galaxy. The forward from France has been on the field for 5,413 mins while scoring 14 goals. He has totaled 8 yellow cards in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 7 times. He is averaging 0.23 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 58 contests thus far in his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Chicharito, the forward representing Mexico. Chicharito has been given 35 yellow card warnings in 18,709 minutes played (193 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.63. He has accumulated 130 goals in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 21 times.
Jonathan Bond will be residing in front of the goal for LA Galaxy. So far in his pro soccer career, Bond has allowed 170 goals and has tallied 387 stops in 117 starting assignments. He has given up 1.45 goals per 90 mins while holding a mark of 44-29-43. He is the owner of a save percentage of 70.8 and his shutout rate is currently 19.7%. Bond has 23 shutouts while defending 554 shots against him in 10,529 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take LA (+195)
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