San Jose Earthquakes vs Real Salt Lake Prediction, 9/15/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose Earthquakes vs Real Salt Lake
Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Location: PayPal Park in San Jose, CA
TV: NBC Sports California Plus
Odds/Point Spread: San Jose (+115) Salt Lake (+225)
Cristian Espinoza and the San Jose Earthquakes (6-9-8, 10th in Western Conference) play Real Salt Lake (8-6-9, 7th in Western Conference) at PayPal Park on Wednesday. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be JT Marcinkowski for the San Jose Earthquakes and David Ochoa for Real Salt Lake. The Earthquakes are priced at +115 while RSL is at +225. The over/under opens at 2.5.
San Jose took the field against Dallas in their last game and got the draw with a final of 1-1. The Earthquakes tried 24 dribbles in this game and converted 15 of the attempts for a rate of 62.5%. In sharing the ball, they had a 81.7% received passes percentage by converting 250 of the 306 passing targets in their last match.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, San Jose finished the game at a 8.3% clip by hitting 1 shot on target out of 12 total shots. San Jose is averaging 0.96 goals per 90 min (22 total goals) and have earned 17 assists In all contests for the year.
Cristian Espinoza is a player who should be able to impact this game for the San Jose Earthquakes. Espinoza has started 116 matchups in his career and accounts for 0.12 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Argentina has tallied 13 goals in 9,841 mins played. He has 33 assists while earning 22 yellow card cautions so far in his career.
Another player who should impact this match is Javier Eduardo Lopez, the midfielder representing Mexico. Lopez has accumulated 8,304 minutes during 95 career starting assignments and has been given a total of 10 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 13 times in his career while he has scored 21 goals. He is averaging 0.23 goals per 90 during his career.
The man defending the goal for San Jose Earthquakes is JT Marcinkowski. Marcinkowski has been on the field for 7,200 minutes and has accumulated 260 saves during his soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.40 (112 total goals surrendered) and he is the owner of a save % of 70.2. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has seen 363 shots attempted against him in 80 starts. Marcinkowski (31-23-26 record in his career) has recorded 17 clean sheets, which has earned him a 21.3% shutout rate.
In their last outing, Salt Lake went home defeated by a final of 3-2 against Los Angeles. They finished the match by connecting on 397 out of their 486 pass attempts for a rate of 81.7%. RSL earned a 52.9% successful dribble rate by completing 9 out of the 17 dribbles they pursued. Salt Lake converted 2 shots on target out of their 10 shots tried which had them at a 20.0% rate when they last took the field. Having accumulated 35 goals and 30 assists in all their games, Salt Lake has an average of 1.52 goals and 1.30 assists per 90 min.
Rubio Rubin will need to provide a spark for Real Salt Lake. He is currently averaging 0.27 goals per 90 and has been given a starting assignment in 55 contests in his pro soccer career. The forward hailing from the United States has played 5,341 mins while scoring 16 goals. He has 0 yellow cards thus far in his career and has assisted on a goal 10 times. Make sure to watch out for Damir Kreilach, the forward born in Croatia. He has totaled 87 goals during his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 30 times. Kreilach has been given 67 yellow card warnings in 30,642 mins (346 starts). His goals per 90 average so far in his career is 0.26.
David Ochoa is expected to look after the goal for Real Salt Lake. Ochoa has totaled 7 clean sheets and has defended 160 shots tried against him in 3,330 minutes throughout his career. He has a save percentage of 69.4 and his clean sheet rate is 18.9%. He has surrendered 1.38 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a mark of 14-8-15. In his pro soccer career, Ochoa has surrendered 51 goals while totaling 112 saves in 37 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take San Jose (+115)
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