Real Salt Lake vs Houston Dynamo Prediction, 6/26/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Houston Dynamo
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (-114) Houston (+230)
Albert Rusnak and Real Salt Lake (3-3-2, 7th in Western Conference) play the Houston Dynamo (3-4-3, 6th in Western Conference) at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday. The expected starting goalies will be David Ochoa for Real Salt Lake and Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo. The odds on this game have Real Salt Lake coming in at -114 and the Dynamo are at +230. The total has been set at 2.75.
Salt Lake faced off with Vancouver in their last match and took home the win by a score of 3-1. RSL tried 25 dribbles in this matchup and successfully completed 12 of those tries for a percentage of 48.0%. In sharing the ball, they had a 90.2% rate by connecting on 394 of the 437 passing targets last match. Concerning shot accuracy, Salt Lake ended this match at a 60.0% clip by putting 6 SoT out of 10 shots. Salt Lake averages 1.62 goals per 90 min (13 total goals) and have accumulated 12 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Albert Rusnak is a guy who can be a difference maker for Real Salt Lake. Rusnak has been in the starting lineup in 182 games in his career and has 0.25 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Czech Republic has 43 goals in 15,694 professional minutes. He has 31 assists while accumulating 15 yellow cards so far in his career. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Damir Kreilach, the forward who is from Croatia. Kreilach has totaled 29,470 minutes in 333 career starts and has been handed a total of 62 yellow card warnings. He has helped a teammate on a goal 29 times so far in his career while he has scored 83 goals. He currently averages 0.25 goals per 90 mins for his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Real Salt Lake is David Ochoa. Ochoa has been on the field for a total of 2,700 mins and has tallied 92 stops in his pro soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.40 (42 total goals allowed) and he holds a save % of 69.5. The keeper born in the United States has had 131 shots sent in his direction in 30 career starting assignments. Ochoa (12-6-12 record during his career) has recorded 5 shutouts, which leaves him with a 16.7% shutout percentage.
For their last game, Houston earned the draw by finishing with a tally of 1-1 against Los Angeles. The Dynamo had a 52.2% successful dribble rate by connecting on 12 out of the 23 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this match by converting 222 out of their 314 passes they tried earning a percentage of 70.7%. Houston connected on 2 shots on target out of their 2 shots attempted which gave them a 100.0% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. With a total of 13 goals and 11 assists in all competitions, Houston is averaging 1.30 goals and 1.10 assists per 90 minutes.
Maximiliano Urruti should provide solid play for Houston Dynamo. He scores 0.36 goals per 90 and has been given a starting assignment in 164 contests in his pro soccer career. The forward from Argentina has been on the pitch for 14,679 minutes while earning 58 goals. He has totaled 20 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted on a goal 25 times. You should also keep an eye on Memo Rodriguez, the midfielder who represents the United States. Rodriguez has been handed a total of 14 yellow card warnings in 7,506 minutes played (84 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.34. He has accounted for 28 goals in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 14 different times.
Marko Maric is expected to look after the net for Houston Dynamo. So far in his career, Maric has allowed 182 goals and has accounted for 301 stops in 121 starts. He has allowed 1.50 goals per 90 and he has earned a record of 32-42-47. He has a save percentage of 68.3 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 19.0%. Maric has accumulated 23 shutouts and defended 438 shots attempted against him in 10,890 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Salt Lake (-114)
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