Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Prediction, 6/18/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (-174) Vancouver (+511)
Lucas Cavallini and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2-1-4, 11th in Western Conference) are headed to Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday where they'll meet Real Salt Lake (2-3-1, 8th in Western Conference). The starting goalkeepers are David Ochoa for Real Salt Lake and Maxime Crepeau for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. RSL is priced at -174 while the Whitecaps are at +511. The total opens at 2.75.
Salt Lake faced Minnesota in their most recent match and finished with a draw with a score of 1-1. In sharing the ball, they earned a 87.5% rate by completing 378 out of their 432 passing targets in their last outing. RSL attempted 22 dribbles in this game and converted 14 of the attempts for a percentage of 63.6%. In terms of shooting accuracy, Salt Lake ended this match at a 41.7% clip by landing 5 shots on target of 12 total shots. Salt Lake averages 1.50 goals per 90 min (9 goals in total) and have accounted for 9 assists in all contests for this campaign.
Albert Rusnak is a player who should be able to impact this game for Real Salt Lake. Rusnak has been a starter in 180 matches during his career and has 0.24 G/90. The forward representing Czech Republic has earned 42 goals in 15,514 mins played. He has totaled 30 assists while earning 15 yellow card cautions thus far in his career. Another player who could decide the outcome is Damir Kreilach, the forward born in Croatia. He has helped on a goal 29 times thus far in his career while he has scored 81 goals. Kreilach has totaled 29,290 mins in 331 starting assignments and has been given 62 yellow cards. He is averaging 0.25 goals per 90 so far in his career.
The man who will protect the net for Real Salt Lake will be David Ochoa. Ochoa has seen the field for 2,520 minutes and has accumulated 87 saves thus far in his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.39 (39 total goals conceded) and he has a save percentage of 69.4. The keeper hailing from the United States has faced 124 shots tried at him in 28 career starts. Ochoa (11-6-11 record in his career) has accumulated 5 shutouts, which gives him a 17.9% shutout rate.
When they last played, Vancouver took a loss by a score of 2-1 against Houston. The Whitecaps earned a 50.0% successful dribble rate by connecting on 6 out of the 12 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this outing by completing 435 out of their 496 pass attempts for a rate of 87.7%. Vancouver connected on 3 shots on target out of the team's 12 shots attempted which gave them a 25.0% rate when they last took the field. Having accumulated 6 goals and 4 assists for all their games, Vancouver sports an average of 0.86 goals and 0.57 assists per 90 min.
Lucas Cavallini will need to provide a lift for Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He currently averages 0.41 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 162 matches thus far in his career. The forward who is from Canada has been on the field for 14,552 mins while earning 67 goals. He has 69 yellow cards in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 7 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Cristian Dajome, the forward who is from Colombia. Dajome has been given a total of 20 yellow card warnings in 11,324 mins played (127 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average during his career is 0.22. He has 28 goals in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 10 times.
Maxime Crepeau will look after the goal for Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Crepeau has accumulated 26 clean sheets while seeing 489 shots tried against him in 9,057 career minutes. He has a save % of 71.0 and his clean sheet rate sits at 25.7%. He has allowed 1.53 goals per 90 mins while holding a record of 27-18-55. In his career, Crepeau has allowed 154 goals and has accumulated 345 stops in 101 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Vancouver (+511)
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