Minnesota United FC vs Sporting KC Prediction, 8/21/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota United FC vs Sporting KC
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021
Location: Allianz Field in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+117) Kansas City (+271)
Ethan Finlay and Minnesota United (7-6-6, 6th in Western Conference) play Sporting KC (11-5-4, 2nd in Western Conference) at Allianz Field on Saturday. The expected starting goalies will be Tyler Miller for Minnesota United and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. Sporting Kansas City is priced at +271 while the Loons are at +117. The over/under has been set at 3.
Minnesota took the field against San Jose in their most recent match and earned a one point draw by a score of 1-1. In regard to passing, they had a 86.3% passes received rate by connecting on 428 out of their 496 pass attempts in their last outing. The Loons attempted 28 dribbles in this matchup and completed 9 of those dribbles for a rate of 32.1%.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Minnesota ended this match at a 20.0% rate by putting 3 shots on target out of 15 total shots. Minnesota is averaging 1.16 goals per 90 min (22 total goals) and are sitting with 16 assists in all games for this campaign.
Ethan Finlay is a guy who should be able to impact this match for Minnesota United. He has accounted for 32 assists while accumulating 12 yellow card warnings so far in his career. Finlay has been a starter in 163 games in his career and he tallies 0.29 goals per 90 minutes. The forward from the United States has totaled 47 goals in 14,529 professional minutes played.
Another guy who could decide the outcome is Adrien Hunou, the forward representing France. Hunou has been on the field for 10,853 mins in 118 starting assignments and has earned himself 11 yellow card cautions. He has helped on a goal 9 times so far in his pro soccer career while he has scored 39 goals. He averages 0.32 goals per 90 for his pro soccer career.
The man who will defend the goal for Minnesota United FC will be Tyler Miller. Miller has played for 10,589 mins and has accumulated 357 stops in his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.32 (155 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of 71.9. The goalie hailing from the United States has had 501 shots tried at him in 118 starts. Miller (59-33-26 record during his career) has 32 shutouts, which has earned him a 27.1% shutout rate.
For their last match, Kansas City went home victorious with a score of 2-0 against Dallas. Sporting KC finished the match with a 52.4% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 11 of the 21 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 474 out of their 526 attempted passes earning a percentage of 90.1%. Kansas City converted 4 shots on target out of their 13 shots tried which had them sitting at a 30.8% rate when they last took the field. Having earned a total of 36 goals and 23 assists in all their matches, Kansas City is averaging 1.80 goals and 1.15 assists per 90 minutes.
Alan Pulido will be counted on for Sporting KC. He sports an average of 0.45 G/90 and has had a starting assignment in 149 outings so far in his pro soccer career. The forward from Mexico has 14,444 professional minutes while scoring 72 goals. He has accumulated 18 yellow card warnings thus far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 24 times. You should also keep an eye on Daniel Salloi, the forward representing Hungary. Salloi has been handed a total of 11 yellow cards in 9,209 mins (100 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average so far in his career is 0.34. He has scored 35 goals during his career while assisting on a goal 21 times.
Tim Melia will reside in front of the goal for Sporting KC. So far in his career, Melia has allowed 253 goals and has totaled 627 saves in 205 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.24 goals per 90 mins and he has a mark of 87-52-67. He has earned a save % of 72.3 and his shutout rate is currently at 30.7%. Melia has totaled 63 shutouts while seeing 874 shots tried against him in 18,413 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (+271)
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