Los Angeles FC vs Sporting KC Prediction, 9/3/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles FC vs Sporting KC
Date: Friday, September 3, 2021
Location: Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-128) Kansas City (+334)
Latif Blessing and Los Angeles FC (6-6-9, 11th in Western Conference) play Sporting KC (11-7-4, 2nd in Western Conference) at Banc of California Stadium on Friday. The starting goaltenders will be Tomas Romero for Los Angeles FC and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. LAFC is priced at -128 while Sporting Kansas City is at +334. The over/under opens at 3.25.
Los Angeles played LA in their most recent game and got the draw with a final of 3-3. In regard to passing, they had a 85.3% passes received percentage by connecting on 272 out of their 319 pass targets last match. LAFC tried 29 dribbles in this match and successfully completed 14 of those dribbles for a percentage of 48.3%.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Los Angeles wrapped this game up at a 43.5% clip by putting 10 SoT out of 23 total shots. Los Angeles has an average of 1.29 g/90 (27 goals in total) and have earned 20 assists in all games for the year.
Latif Blessing is a player who should be able to impact this game for Los Angeles FC. Blessing has had a starting assignment in 98 outings in his career and he scores 0.17 goals per 90 mins. The forward hailing from Ghana has recorded 17 goals scored in 9,109 professional minutes. He has 13 assists while accumulating 15 yellow card cautions during his career.
Someone else who should impact this game is Carlos Vela, the forward born in Mexico. Vela has totaled 28,167 mins during 314 career starts and has been handed a total of 50 yellow cards. He has helped on a goal 68 times so far in his career while scoring 139 total goals. He currently averages 0.44 goals per 90 mins during his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Los Angeles FC is Tomas Romero. Romero has been on the field for a total of 3,105 minutes and has accumulated 107 stops during his soccer career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.91 (66 total goals allowed) and he holds a save % of 62.8. The goalkeeper from El Salvador has had 172 shots tried at him in 34 starts. Romero (9-9-16 record in his career) has 6 clean sheets, which gives him a 17.6% clean sheet percentage.
When they last played, Kansas City went home with a draw by a final score of 1-1 against Colorado. Sporting KC had a 57.9% successful dribble rate by connecting on 11 out of the 19 dribbles they tried. They finished this game by completing 506 of the 553 passes they tried for a percentage of 91.5%. Kansas City had 8 shots on target out of their 20 shots tried earning them a 40.0% rate in their last game. Having a total of 37 goals and 23 assists for all their games, Kansas City sports an average of 1.68 goals and 1.05 assists per 90 min.
Alan Pulido should provide a spark for Sporting KC. He currently averages 0.44 goals per 90 and has been given a starting assignment in 151 matches during his soccer career. The forward representing Mexico has totaled 14,596 minutes while earning 72 goals. He has accounted for 18 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 24 times. Make sure to watch out for Johnny Russell, the forward representing Scotland. Russell has been given 28 yellow card warnings in 27,387 mins (309 starts). His goals per 90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.31. He has collected 94 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 53 different times.
Tim Melia will be looking after the net for Sporting KC. Thus far in his career, Melia has conceded 254 goals and has racked up 634 saves in 207 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.23 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a record of 87-54-67. He sports a save % of 72.4 and his shutout rate is 30.9%. Melia has earned 64 clean sheets while he has seen 882 shots tried against him in 18,593 minutes throughout his career.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Kansas City (+334) and under the total goals
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