Real Salt Lake vs Seattle Sounders FC Prediction, 9/18/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Seattle Sounders FC
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (+120) Seattle (+200)
Rio Tinto Stadium is the venue where Fredy Montero and the Seattle Sounders FC (13-6-4, 2nd in Western Conference) will take on Real Salt Lake (9-6-9, 6th in Western Conference) on Saturday. The men protecting the net are David Ochoa for Real Salt Lake and Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC. The Sounders are priced at +200 while RSL is at +120. The over/under opens at 2.5.
Salt Lake stepped onto the pitch against Los Angeles in their most recent match and took a loss by a score of 3-2. In sharing the ball, they finished with a 81.7% rate by converting 397 of the 486 pass targets last match. RSL tried 17 dribbles in this outing and were successful in 9 of those tries for a percentage of 52.9%.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Salt Lake wrapped this game up at a 72.2% rate by hitting 13 shots on target out of 18 shots. Salt Lake has an average of 1.62 g/90 (39 goals in total) and have tallied 33 assists in all competitions for the season.
Damir Kreilach is a guy who should impact this matchup for Real Salt Lake. He has totaled 30 assists while earning 68 yellow cards so far in his career. Kreilach has been a starter in 347 contests so far in his career and he has earned 0.25 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Croatia has totaled 87 goals in 30,732 professional minutes.
Someone else who should impact this match is Rubio Rubin, the forward hailing from the United States. Rubin has played 5,422 mins in 56 starts and has been handed 0 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 10 times so far in his career while scoring 18 goals. He is averaging 0.30 goals per 90 minutes thus far in his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Real Salt Lake will be David Ochoa. Ochoa has seen the pitch for a total of 3,420 mins and has accumulated 115 saves during his soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.42 (54 total goals given up) and he has earned a save percentage of 68.5. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has seen 165 shots attempted at him in 38 career starting assignments. Ochoa (15-8-15 record in his career) has 7 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 18.4% clean sheet rate.
In their last game, Seattle took home the win by a final score of 1-0 against Minnesota. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 388 out of their 471 passes they tried for a rate of 82.4%. The Sounders had a 62.5% successful dribble percentage by converting 10 out of the 16 dribbles they tried. Seattle had 5 shots on target out of their 10 shots tried which gave them a 50.0% clip in their last outing. Having earned a total of 36 goals and 20 assists in all their contests, Seattle is averaging 1.57 goals and 0.87 assists per 90 min.
Fredy Montero should be able to be counted on for Seattle Sounders FC. He is averaging 0.45 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 259 outings during his soccer career. The forward hailing from Colombia has accumulated 23,523 minutes and has scored 118 goals. He has totaled 50 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted on a goal 42 times. You should also watch out for Cristian Roldan, the forward hailing from the United States. Roldan has been handed 16 yellow cards in 15,727 professional minutes (173 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.14. He has accounted for 25 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 21 times.
Stefan Frei will be residing in front of the net for Seattle Sounders FC. Frei has totaled 86 shutouts and defended 1,390 shots attempted against him in 27,606 minutes throughout his career. He sports a save % of 73.2 and his shutout rate sits at 28.0%. He has given up 1.28 goals per 90 minutes while holding a mark of 132-72-102. In his pro soccer career, Frei has surrendered 393 goals while totaling 1,007 stops in 307 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Seattle (+200)
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