San Jose Earthquakes vs Colorado Rapids Prediction, 9/4/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose Earthquakes vs Colorado Rapids
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: PayPal Park in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: San Jose (+169) Colorado (+163)
Javier Eduardo Lopez and the San Jose Earthquakes (6-8-7, 9th in Western Conference) host the Colorado Rapids (11-5-4, 3rd in Western Conference) at PayPal Park on Saturday. The goaltenders protecting the net are JT Marcinkowski for the San Jose Earthquakes and William Yarbrough for the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids are priced at +163 while the Earthquakes are at +169. The O/U is set at 2.75.
San Jose stepped onto the pitch against LA in their last game and went home with a win by a final score of 2-1. When talking about passing the ball, they earned a 85.3% passes received percentage by converting 378 of the 443 targeted passes in their last outing. The Earthquakes attempted 19 dribbles in this contest and converted 13 of the attempts for a percentage of 68.4%.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, San Jose wrapped this game up at a 35.3% rate by putting 6 SoT of 17 total shots. San Jose averages 1.00 goal per 90 (21 goals in total) and have accounted for 17 assists in all competitions this year.
Javier Eduardo Lopez is a player who should impact this matchup for the San Jose Earthquakes. He has accounted for 13 assists while accumulating 10 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career. Lopez has been given a starting assignment in 93 games during his pro soccer career and tallies 0.23 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder from Mexico has racked up 21 goals scored in 8,143 mins played.
One more guy who could decide who wins is Cristian Espinoza, the forward who is from Argentina. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 33 times in his career while he has scored 13 total goals. Espinoza has been on the field for 9,736 minutes in 115 career starts and has been handed a total of 22 yellow cards. He is averaging 0.12 goals per 90 minutes during his pro soccer career.
The guy who will defend the goal for San Jose Earthquakes is JT Marcinkowski. Marcinkowski (31-22-25 mark during his soccer career) has totaled 17 clean sheets, which gives him a 21.8% clean sheet rate. The goalkeeper from the United States has faced 352 shots sent his way in 78 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.41 (110 total goals surrendered) and his save % is 69.9. Marcinkowski has defended the goal for a total of 7,020 minutes and has accumulated 251 saves so far in his pro soccer career.
For their last match, Colorado weren't able to secure a win with a final of 1-1 against Kansas City. The Rapids finished the match with a 50.0% successful dribble rate by completing 6 of the 12 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this outing by converting 331 out of their 385 passes they tried earning a percentage of 86.0%. Colorado connected on 1 shot on goal out of the team's 8 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 12.5% clip in their last game. Having earned a total of 29 goals and 20 assists in all competitions, Colorado is averaging 1.45 goals and 1.00 assist per 90 minutes.
Michael Barrios should provide a spark for Colorado Rapids. The forward hailing from Colombia has totaled 15,278 mins and has earned 36 goals. He has collected 23 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 40 times. He currently averages 0.21 G/90 and has been given a starting assignment in 176 outings during his pro soccer career. Be sure to watch out for Diego Rubio, the forward who represents Chile. He has tallied 45 goals thus far in his career while helping on a goal 22 times. Rubio has been handed 37 yellow card cautions in 9,573 mins (104 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average in his career is 0.42.
William Yarbrough will be residing in front of the net for Colorado Rapids. So far in his career, Yarbrough has surrendered 243 goals and has accounted for 596 saves in 180 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.35 goals per 90 minutes while earning a mark of 70-46-63. He holds a save percentage of 73.6 and his shutout rate is currently 27.2%. Yarbrough has tallied 49 clean sheets while he has seen 828 shots attempted against him in 16,155 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Colorado (+163)
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