Houston Dynamo vs Seattle Sounders FC Prediction, 10/16/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Dynamo vs Seattle Sounders FC
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Location: BBVA Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+210) Seattle (+135)
Joao Paulo and the Seattle Sounders FC (17-6-5, 1st in Western Conference) head to BBVA Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Houston Dynamo (5-12-12, 12th in Western Conference). The starting goaltenders will be Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo and Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC. The Sounders are priced at +135 while the Dynamo are at +210. The over/under is set at 2.5.
Houston took the field against Kansas City in their last game and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 4-2. In regard to passing, they earned a 84.4% passes received rate by connecting on 330 out of their 391 pass targets in their last outing. The Dynamo tried 12 dribbles in this game and were able to convert 7 of the attempts for a percentage of 58.3%.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Houston finished the game at a 44.4% rate by hitting 4 SoT of 9 total shots. Houston is averaging 1.10 goals per 90 minutes (32 total goals) and have tallied 21 assists in all matches for the season.
Memo Rodriguez is a guy who can be a difference maker for the Houston Dynamo. He has totaled 14 assists while earning 15 yellow card warnings in his career. Rodriguez has been given a starting assignment in 91 matches so far in his career while scoring 0.31 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder from the United States has 28 goals scored in 8,240 minutes played.
Someone else who should impact this game is Fafa Picault, the forward born in the United States. Picault has totaled 12,468 mins in 140 career starts and has been given 31 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 22 times so far in his career while scoring 51 goals. He sports an average of 0.37 G/90 for his pro soccer career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Houston Dynamo is Marko Maric. Maric (32-48-52 mark in his career) has accumulated 25 shutouts, which gives him a 18.9% clean sheet percentage. The keeper from Croatia has had 489 shots tried against him in 132 starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.51 (199 goals allowed) and he has a save percentage of 68.1. Maric has played for 11,880 mins and has 335 stops so far in his pro soccer career.
For their last outing, Seattle earned three points by winning 4-1 against Vancouver. The Sounders had a 72.7% successful dribble rate by completing 8 of the 11 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this match by converting 381 of the 406 passes they attempted for a percentage of 93.8%. Seattle connected on 9 shots on target out of their 21 shots attempted which had them at a 42.9% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having earned a total of 48 goals and 30 assists in all their contests, Seattle averages 1.71 goals and 1.07 assists per 90 min.
Joao Paulo should be someone to watch for Seattle Sounders FC. He is currently averaging 0.09 G/90 and has been in the starting lineup in 142 contests in his pro soccer career. The midfielder representing Brazil has 12,390 professional minutes and has scored 12 goals. He has earned 29 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 20 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Fredy Montero, the forward born in Colombia. Montero has been given 50 yellow cards in 23,801 mins played (262 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.45. He has collected 118 goals in his career while helping on a goal 44 different times.
Stefan Frei is expected to look after the goal for Seattle Sounders FC. So far in his career, Frei has conceded 397 goals while tallying 1,021 stops in 312 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.27 goals per 90 mins while holding a record of 136-72-103. He has earned a save percentage of 73.2 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 27.9%. Frei has totaled 87 shutouts while defending 1,407 shots against him in 28,056 career mins.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Seattle (+135)
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