Real Salt Lake vs San Jose Earthquakes Prediction, 5/7/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs San Jose Earthquakes
Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (+120) San Jose (+210)
Rio Tinto Stadium is the venue where Cristian Espinoza and the San Jose Earthquakes (2-0-1, 2nd in Western Conference) will play Real Salt Lake (2-0-0, 3rd in Western Conference) on Friday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Andrew Putna for Real Salt Lake and JT Marcinkowski for the San Jose Earthquakes. The Earthquakes are priced at +210 while RSL is at +120. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Salt Lake stepped onto the pitch against Kansas City in their last game and went home with a win by a final score of 3-1. In the passing game, they earned a 86.3% rate by converting 434 out of their 503 pass targets in their last game. RSL attempted 14 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 9 of those tries for a percentage of 64.3%. In terms of shooting accuracy, Salt Lake ended this match at a 40.0% clip by putting 4 shots on target of 10 total shots. Salt Lake has an average of 2.50 goals per 90 (5 total goals) and have earned 5 assists in all competitions for this campaign.
Albert Rusnak is a player who can be a difference maker for Real Salt Lake. Rusnak has been given a starting assignment in 176 matches during his career and scores 0.25 G/90. The forward hailing from Czech Republic has 42 goals scored in 15,154 minutes played. He has totaled 30 assists while tallying 13 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career. One more player who should impact this match is Damir Kreilach, the forward born in Croatia. Kreilach has been on the pitch for 28,930 mins in 327 starting assignments and has earned himself a total of 61 yellow cards. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 28 times in his pro soccer career while he has scored 79 total goals. He scores 0.25 goals per 90 during his career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Real Salt Lake will be Andrew Putna. Putna (19-10-12 mark in his career) has 13 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 31.7% shutout rate. The keeper from the United States has seen 165 shots attempted at him in 41 starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.40 (58 goals allowed) and he has a save % of 65.5. Putna has seen the pitch for a total of 3,735 mins and has earned 108 stops in his career.
In their last game, San Jose got the victory with a final of 4-1 against D.C.. The Earthquakes ended the game with a 62.5% successful dribble rate by completing 15 out of the 24 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this match by converting 348 out of their 412 passes they tried for a rate of 84.5%. San Jose landed 8 shots on goal out of the team's 14 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 57.1% clip in their last outing. With 8 goals and 6 assists for all their games, San Jose averages 2.67 goals and 2.00 assists per 90.
Cristian Espinoza should provide a spark for San Jose Earthquakes. The forward hailing from Argentina has been on the field for 8,392 professional minutes and has scored 12 goals. He has tallied 18 yellow card cautions so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 28 times. He currently averages 0.13 goals per 90 and has had a starting assignment in 98 contests so far in his pro soccer career. You should also keep an eye on Andres Rios, the forward representing Argentina. Rios has earned himself a total of 22 yellow cards in 9,415 mins (101 career starts). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.26. He has 27 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 5 times.
JT Marcinkowski will be residing in front of the goal for San Jose Earthquakes. During his pro soccer career, Marcinkowski has given up 85 goals while tallying 191 stops in 60 starts. He has given up 1.42 goals per 90 while earning a mark of 27-14-19. He has a save % of 69.7 and his clean sheet rate sits at 23.3%. Marcinkowski has totaled 14 shutouts while defending 271 shots against him in 5,400 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Salt Lake (+120)
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