Real Salt Lake vs Houston Dynamo Prediction, 8/18/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Houston Dynamo
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (-119) Houston (+280)
Maximiliano Urruti and the Houston Dynamo (3-9-7, 11th in Western Conference) are headed to Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday where they'll meet Real Salt Lake (6-6-6, 6th in Western Conference). The starting goalkeepers are David Ochoa for Real Salt Lake and Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo. The moneyline on this contest has Real Salt Lake priced at -119 and the Dynamo are at +280. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Salt Lake took the field against Austin in their last matchup and notched a win by a score of 1-0. RSL tried 8 dribbles in this matchup and converted 3 of the attempts for a rate of 37.5%. When discussing the passing game, they earned a 88.4% rate by connecting on 334 of the 378 pass targets in their last match.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Salt Lake wrapped this game up at a 50.0% rate by landing 8 shots on target of 16 total shots. Salt Lake is averaging 1.44 goals per 90 (26 total goals) and are sitting with 23 assists in all games for this campaign.
Rubio Rubin is a guy who should impact this matchup for Real Salt Lake. Rubin has started 52 outings during his pro soccer career while scoring 0.29 goals per 90 minutes. The forward representing the United States has recorded 16 goals scored in 5,019 minutes played. He has accounted for 9 assists this season.
One more guy who should impact this match is Damir Kreilach, the forward representing Croatia. Kreilach has accumulated 30,282 minutes in 342 career starting assignments and has earned himself 65 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 30 times during his soccer career while he has scored 86 goals. He currently averages 0.26 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The man protecting the net for Real Salt Lake will be David Ochoa. Ochoa (14-8-14 record in his career) has accounted for 7 shutouts, which leaves him with a 19.4% shutout rate. The keeper hailing from the United States has had 152 shots attempted at him in 36 starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.33 (48 total goals given up) and his save % is 69.7. Ochoa has seen the field for a total of 3,240 minutes and has tallied 107 saves so far in his pro soccer career.
For their last game, Houston took a loss by a final score of 3-1 against Colorado. They wrapped up this match by completing 389 out of their 412 passing tries earning a rate of 94.4%. The Dynamo earned a 45.5% successful dribble percentage by completing 5 of the 11 dribbles they pursued. Houston had 9 shots on target out of 24 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 37.5% rate in their last match. Having earned a total of 19 goals and 13 assists for all their games, Houston is averaging 1.00 goal and 0.68 assists per 90 minutes.
Maximiliano Urruti should provide a lift for Houston Dynamo. He is averaging 0.35 goals per 90 and has had a starting assignment in 170 games in his career. The forward born in Argentina has earned 15,209 minutes and has scored 59 goals. He has accumulated 22 yellow card warnings during his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 25 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Memo Rodriguez, the midfielder who represents the United States. He has tallied 28 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 14 different times. Rodriguez has been handed 15 yellow card cautions in 8,050 mins played (90 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average during his pro soccer career is 0.31.
Marko Maric will be residing in front of the net for Houston Dynamo. Maric has tallied 25 shutouts while defending 478 shots tried against him in 11,700 minutes in his career. He has earned a save % of 68.2 and his clean sheet rate is currently 19.2%. He has surrendered 1.50 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a record of 32-47-51. Thus far in his career, Maric has allowed 195 goals and has racked up 328 saves in 130 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston (+280)
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