Real Salt Lake vs Nashville SC Prediction, 5/15/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Nashville SC
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (+146) Nashville (+206)
Hany Mukhtar and Nashville SC (1-3-0, 5th in Eastern Conference) travel to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on Real Salt Lake (2-0-1, 8th in Western Conference). The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Andrew Putna for Real Salt Lake and Joe Willis for Nashville SC. RSL is priced at +146 while Nashville SC are at +206. The over/under is set at 2.25.
Salt Lake faced San Jose in their last game and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-1. RSL attempted 9 dribbles in this match and converted 7 of those attempts for a percentage of 77.8%. When talking about passing the ball, they finished this match with a 83.4% received passes percentage by converting 251 out of their 301 targeted passes in their last match. In terms of shooting accuracy, Salt Lake finished at a 26.7% rate by landing 4 SoT of 15 total shots. Salt Lake averages 2.00 goals per 90 minutes (6 goals in total) and have 6 assists in all games for this campaign.
Albert Rusnak is a guy who should be able to impact this match for Real Salt Lake. He has 30 assists while tallying 14 yellow cards in his pro soccer career. Rusnak has been a starter in 177 games during his soccer career and he accounts for 0.25 goals per 90. The forward who is from Czech Republic has earned 42 goals scored in 15,244 mins. One more guy who could decide who wins is Damir Kreilach, the forward who is from Croatia. Kreilach has been on the field for 29,020 mins in 328 starts and has been given a total of 62 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 29 times during his soccer career while he has scored 79 goals. He is averaging 0.25 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career.
The man who will protect the net for Real Salt Lake will be Andrew Putna. Putna (19-10-12 record in his career) has accounted for 13 shutouts, which gives him a 31.7% shutout rate. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has had 165 shots tried at him in 41 career starts. His GA/90 is 1.40 (58 total goals allowed) and he has earned a save percentage of 65.5. Putna has been on the pitch for a total of 3,735 mins and is sitting with 108 saves during his pro soccer career.
For their last game, Nashville earned three points by winning 2-0 against New England. They finished the match by completing 335 of the 398 attempted passes for a percentage of 84.2%. Nashville SC finished the match with a 60.0% successful dribble rate by converting 6 of the 10 dribbles they pursued. Nashville had 7 shots on target out of the team's 16 shots attempted earning them a 43.8% clip when they last took the field. With a total of 6 goals and 3 assists in all their contests, Nashville has an average of 1.50 goals and 0.75 assists per 90.
Hany Mukhtar should be someone to watch for Nashville SC. He is averaging 0.25 goals per 90 minutes and has been given a starting assignment in 121 matches thus far in his career. The forward representing Germany has been on the pitch for 10,897 mins and has earned 30 goals. He has accumulated 18 yellow card cautions so far in his career and has assisted on a goal 28 times. Make sure to watch out for Jhonder Leonel Cadiz, the forward who represents Venezuela. Cadiz has been given 15 yellow card warnings in 7,021 minutes (68 starts). His goals per 90 average during his career is 0.35. He has 27 goals in his career while helping on a goal 8 different times.
Joe Willis is expected to look after the goal for Nashville SC. Willis has accumulated 36 clean sheets while seeing 689 shots tried against him in 14,139 career mins. He sports a save % of 70.0 and his shutout rate sits at 23.2%. He has surrendered 1.44 goals per 90 mins and he has a record of 53-44-60. So far in his career, Willis has allowed 226 goals and has tallied 478 saves in 155 starts.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Salt Lake (+146)
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