San Jose Earthquakes vs LA Galaxy Prediction, 6/26/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose Earthquakes vs LA Galaxy
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021
Location: PayPal Park in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: San Jose (-120) LA (+220)
PayPal Park is the site where Sacha Kljestan and the LA Galaxy (6-0-3, 3rd in Western Conference) will take on the San Jose Earthquakes (3-1-6, 10th in Western Conference) on Saturday. The goalies expected to start will be JT Marcinkowski for the San Jose Earthquakes and Jonathan Bond for the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy are priced at +220 while the Earthquakes are at -120. The total is set at 3.25.
San Jose stepped onto the pitch against Orlando in their most recent game and took a loss by a score of 5-0. The Earthquakes attempted 23 dribbles in this outing and successfully completed 14 of those dribbles for a rate of 60.9%. When talking about passing the ball, they ended with a 88.9% received passes percentage by connecting on 496 out of their 558 pass targets in their last match. In terms of shooting accuracy, San Jose ended this match at a 9.1% clip by landing 1 shot on target of 11 total shots. San Jose averages 1.10 g/90 (11 total goals) and have accounted for 8 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Cristian Espinoza is a guy who should be able to impact this game for the San Jose Earthquakes. He has 29 assists while accumulating 19 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career. Espinoza has been given a starting assignment in 105 games in his career and he scores 0.12 goals per 90 minutes. The forward hailing from Argentina has 12 goals scored in 8,968 mins. Another player who could decide the outcome is Chris Wondolowski, the forward who represents the United States. He has assisted on a goal 37 times in his pro soccer career while he has scored 168 total goals. Wondolowski has been on the pitch for 28,839 minutes in 317 starting assignments and has earned himself 36 yellow cards. He sports an average of 0.52 goals per 90 during his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for San Jose Earthquakes will be JT Marcinkowski. Marcinkowski has seen the pitch for 6,030 minutes and has accumulated 217 stops so far in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.46 (98 goals allowed) and his save percentage is 69.5. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has seen 308 shots tried at him in 67 starts. Marcinkowski (28-15-24 record in his career) has totaled 15 shutouts, which gives him a 22.4% clean sheet percentage.
For their last outing, LA took a defeat with a final score of 2-1 against Seattle. They wrapped up this outing by completing 513 out of their 570 passes they attempted for a percentage of 90.0%. The Galaxy had a 64.7% successful dribble percentage by converting 11 of the 17 dribbles they pursued. LA converted 1 SoT out of 5 shots attempted giving them a 20.0% rate in their last outing. Having tallied 13 goals and 8 assists in all competitions, LA averages 1.44 goals and 0.89 assists per 90 minutes.
Sacha Kljestan will need to be on top of his game for LA Galaxy. He is currently averaging 0.16 G/90 and has started 367 matches so far in his pro soccer career. The midfielder from the United States has earned 32,641 professional minutes while scoring 58 goals. He has collected 65 yellow card warnings in his career and has assisted on a goal 77 times. Make sure to watch out for Chicharito, the forward born in Mexico. Chicharito has been handed a total of 34 yellow cards in 18,097 minutes played (186 starting assignments). His G/90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.62. He has scored 125 goals so far in his career while assisting on a goal 21 times.
Jonathan Bond will be residing in front of the goal for LA Galaxy. Thus far in his career, Bond has given up 142 goals and has racked up 331 stops in 100 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.42 goals per 90 minutes while holding a mark of 39-24-36. He holds a save % of 71.1 and his shutout rate is currently at 22.0%. Bond has racked up 22 shutouts and defended 471 shots tried against him in 8,999 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take LA (+220)
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