Los Angeles FC vs Sporting KC Prediction, 8/4/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles FC vs Sporting KC
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Location: Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-139) Kansas City (+255)
Banc of California Stadium is the site where Khiry Shelton and Sporting KC (9-3-4, 2nd in Western Conference) will take on Los Angeles FC (6-5-5, 5th in Western Conference) on Wednesday. The goalies who are expected to start are Tomas Romero for Los Angeles FC and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. The line on this game has Los Angeles FC priced at -139 and Sporting Kansas City is at +255. The O/U opens at 3.
Los Angeles played Minnesota in their most recent match and walked away with a draw with a final of 2-2. When talking about passing the ball, they finished with a 84.3% received passes rate by connecting on 504 out of their 598 pass attempts in their last game. LAFC attempted 38 dribbles in this game and converted 23 of those tries for a percentage of 60.5%.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Los Angeles ended this match at a 26.3% clip by landing 5 SoT out of 19 total shots. Los Angeles is averaging 1.37 goals per 90 (22 goals in total) and are sitting with 19 assists in all games for the season.
Diego Rossi is a player who should be able to impact this game for Los Angeles FC. He has accounted for 16 assists while tallying 7 yellow card cautions during his career. Rossi has started 124 matches so far in his career and he tallies 0.48 goals per 90 mins. The forward who is from Uruguay has 59 goals in 11,110 minutes.
Another guy who could decide the outcome is Carlos Vela, the forward representing Mexico. Vela has accumulated 27,882 minutes during 310 career starting assignments and has been given a total of 50 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 68 times during his career while scoring 139 total goals. He has an average of 0.45 goals per 90 minutes during his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Los Angeles FC will be Tomas Romero. Romero has been on the pitch for a total of 2,655 mins and has 96 saves so far in his career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.83 (54 total goals surrendered) and his save % is 65.1. The goalie hailing from El Salvador has seen 149 shots tried at him in 29 career starts. Romero (9-8-12 mark during his career) has 6 clean sheets, which has earned him a 20.7% clean sheet percentage.
The last time they took the field, Kansas City took a defeat with a final score of 2-1 against Dallas. Sporting KC earned a 69.2% successful dribble rate by connecting on 18 out of the 26 dribbles they pursued. They finished this game by connecting on 537 out of their 603 passing tries for a rate of 89.1%. Kansas City landed 4 shots on target out of the team's 20 shots attempted giving them a 20.0% rate when they last took the field. With a total of 29 goals and 17 assists in all competitions, Kansas City has an average of 1.81 goals and 1.06 assists per 90 min.
Khiry Shelton will need to be on top of his game for Sporting KC. He currently averages 0.19 goals per 90 and has been in the starting lineup in 69 contests so far in his career. The forward born in the United States has totaled 6,637 professional minutes while earning 14 goals. He has earned 6 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 14 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Daniel Salloi, the forward who represents Hungary. Salloi has earned himself a total of 10 yellow card cautions in 8,940 minutes played (97 career starts). His goals per 90 average so far in his career is 0.32. He has earned 32 goals so far in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 20 different times.
Tim Melia is expected to look after the net for Sporting KC. Melia has totaled 61 clean sheets while seeing 868 shots against him in 18,053 career mins. He has earned a save % of 72.4 and his clean sheet rate is 30.3%. He has surrendered 1.25 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a mark of 85-50-67. So far in his career, Melia has conceded 251 goals while totaling 623 saves in 201 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-139)
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