San Jose Earthquakes vs Minnesota United FC Prediction, 8/17/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose Earthquakes vs Minnesota United FC
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Location: PayPal Park in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: San Jose (+145) Minnesota (+165)
Robin Lod and Minnesota United (7-5-6, 5th in Western Conference) go to PayPal Park on Tuesday where they'll meet the San Jose Earthquakes (5-7-7, 9th in Western Conference). The men protecting the net will be JT Marcinkowski for the San Jose Earthquakes and Tyler Miller for Minnesota United. The Loons are priced at +165 while the Earthquakes are at +145. The over/under is set at 2.5.
San Jose stepped onto the pitch against Vancouver in their last game and got the draw with a final of 0-0. The Earthquakes attempted 29 dribbles in this game and successfully completed 17 of those attempts for a percentage of 58.6%. In regard to passing, they ended with a 84.8% passes received rate by converting 419 out of their 494 passing attempts in their last game.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, San Jose finished at a 25.0% rate by landing 3 shots on target of 12 total shots. San Jose averages 1.05 goals per 90 (20 goals in total) and have accounted for 16 assists in all contests this year.
Cristian Espinoza is a player who can be a difference maker for the San Jose Earthquakes. Espinoza has been a starter in 114 outings in his pro soccer career and has 0.12 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Argentina has accumulated 13 goals scored in 9,682 minutes played. He has totaled 33 assists while earning 22 yellow cards in his career.
Someone else who should impact this match is Chris Wondolowski, the forward who is from the United States. Wondolowski has played 29,206 mins in 320 starts and has been given 36 yellow card cautions. He has helped a teammate on a goal 37 times during his soccer career while scoring 168 goals. He is currently averaging 0.52 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for San Jose Earthquakes will be JT Marcinkowski. Marcinkowski (30-21-25 record during his soccer career) has 17 clean sheets, which has earned him a 22.4% shutout percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has faced 345 shots tried at him in 76 starting assignments. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.42 (108 total goals surrendered) and he is the owner of a save percentage of 69.9. Marcinkowski has played for a total of 6,840 minutes and is sitting with 246 stops thus far in his career.
When they last played, Minnesota took a defeat with a final score of 1-0 against LA. They finished the match by converting 387 of the 459 passing tries for a rate of 84.3%. The Loons ended the game with a 61.5% successful dribble rate by completing 16 out of the 26 dribbles they tried. Minnesota converted 6 shots on target out of the team's 21 shots attempted giving them a 28.6% rate in their last game. With 21 goals and 15 assists in all their matches, Minnesota averages 1.17 goals and 0.83 assists per 90 minutes.
Robin Lod will be someone to watch for Minnesota United FC. He currently averages 0.25 goals per 90 and has been in the starting lineup in 170 matches in his pro soccer career. The midfielder representing Finland has been on the pitch for 14,992 professional minutes while scoring 42 goals. He has tallied 16 yellow card cautions thus far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 27 times. You should also watch out for Adrien Hunou, the forward who represents France. Hunou has been handed a total of 11 yellow cards in 10,775 minutes played (117 starts). His goals per 90 average during his career is 0.33. He has earned 39 goals during his career while helping a teammate on a goal 8 different times.
Tyler Miller will look after the goal for Minnesota United FC. So far in his pro soccer career, Miller has allowed 154 goals and has accounted for 356 saves in 117 starting assignments. He has given up 1.32 goals per 90 mins while he holds a mark of 59-32-26. He sports a save % of 72.0 and his clean sheet rate is 27.4%. Miller has totaled 32 clean sheets while defending 500 shots against him in 10,499 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota (+165)
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