Real Salt Lake vs LA Galaxy Prediction, 7/21/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs LA Galaxy
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (-116) LA (+250)
Rubio Rubin and Real Salt Lake (4-4-4, 8th in Western Conference) host the LA Galaxy (8-0-5, 3rd in Western Conference) at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday. The goalies protecting the net will be David Ochoa for Real Salt Lake and Jonathan Bond for the LA Galaxy. RSL is priced at -116 while the Galaxy are at +250. The O/U is set at 3.
Salt Lake stepped onto the pitch against Los Angeles in their last game and ended up losing by a score of 2-1. RSL attempted 20 dribbles in this contest and were able to convert 4 of the tries for a percentage of 20.0%. In the passing game, they ended up with a 83.5% received passes percentage by connecting on 329 out of their 394 passing targets in their last outing.
In terms of shooting accuracy, Salt Lake ended this match at a 66.7% rate by hitting 2 shots on target of 3 total shots. Salt Lake sports an average of 1.58 goals per 90 (19 goals in total) and have tallied 16 assists in all competitions for the year.
Rubio Rubin is a guy who should impact this matchup for Real Salt Lake. Rubin has been in the starting lineup in 50 outings thus far in his career while he scores 0.28 goals per 90 mins. The forward from the United States has earned 15 goals in 4,757 mins. He has accounted for 8 assists. Someone else who should impact this game is Damir Kreilach, the forward hailing from Croatia. Kreilach has 29,806 mins in 337 career starting assignments and has been given 64 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 29 times during his soccer career while scoring 85 goals. He is currently averaging 0.26 goals per 90 mins for his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Real Salt Lake is David Ochoa. Ochoa (13-7-14 record in his career) has accumulated 6 clean sheets, which gives him a 17.6% clean sheet percentage. The keeper hailing from the United States has faced 145 shots attempted at him in 34 career starts. His GA/90 is 1.35 (46 total goals conceded) and he is the owner of a save % of 69.7. Ochoa has defended the goal for 3,060 minutes and has earned 102 stops during his pro soccer career.
In their last game, LA took a loss by a final score of 2-1 against Vancouver. They finished the match by converting 429 out of their 495 attempted passes for a percentage of 86.7%. The Galaxy finished the match with a 31.6% successful dribble percentage by completing 6 of the 19 dribbles they tried. LA landed 2 shots on target out of their 9 shots tried giving them a 22.2% rate when they last took the field. Having tallied 19 goals and 13 assists in all their matches, LA is averaging 1.46 goals and 1.00 assist per 90 min.
Sacha Kljestan will need to provide a lift for LA Galaxy. The midfielder hailing from the United States has been on the pitch for 32,845 minutes while scoring 58 goals. He has totaled 65 yellow card warnings in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 77 times. He scores 0.16 goals per 90 and has been given a starting assignment in 369 games so far in his career. Make sure to watch out for Kevin Cabral, the forward born in France. He has scored 11 goals in his career while helping on a goal 7 different times. Cabral has earned himself 5 yellow card cautions in 4,445 minutes (46 career starts). His goals per 90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.22.
Jonathan Bond will reside in front of the net for LA Galaxy. In his career, Bond has allowed 148 goals and has racked up 342 stops in 104 starts. He has allowed 1.42 goals per 90 while holding a record of 41-24-38. He is the owner of a save percentage of 70.9 and his shutout rate is currently at 21.2%. Bond has accumulated 22 clean sheets and has defended 488 shots tried against him in 9,359 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take LA (+250)
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