Seattle Sounders FC vs San Jose Earthquakes Prediction, 7/31/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Seattle Sounders FC vs San Jose Earthquakes
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021
Location: Lumen Field in Seattle, WA
Odds/Point Spread: Seattle (-227) San Jose (+500)
Raul Ruidiaz and the Seattle Sounders FC (9-5-2, 1st in Western Conference) play the San Jose Earthquakes (3-5-7, 11th in Western Conference) at Lumen Field on Saturday. The starting goaltenders will be Stefan Cleveland for the Seattle Sounders FC and JT Marcinkowski for the San Jose Earthquakes. The Sounders are priced at -227 while the Earthquakes are at +500. The total has been set at 3.
Seattle played Kansas City in their last matchup and took a loss by a score of 3-1. In regard to passing, they ended with a 81.0% passes received percentage by converting 430 out of their 531 passing attempts in their last match. The Sounders tried 15 dribbles in this matchup and successfully completed 8 of those tries for a rate of 53.3%.
Regarding shot accuracy, Seattle ended this match at a 46.2% clip by hitting 6 shots on target of 13 total shots. Seattle averages 1.56 goals per 90 (25 total goals) and are sitting with 14 assists in all competitions this season.
Raul Ruidiaz is a guy who can be a difference maker for the Seattle Sounders FC. Ruidiaz has started 161 matchups during his career and scores 0.68 goals per 90 minutes. The forward hailing from Peru has tallied 106 goals in 13,976 minutes. He has totaled 10 assists while accumulating 16 yellow cards in his career. Someone else who should impact this match is Fredy Montero, the forward representing Colombia. Montero has been on the field for 23,260 mins in 256 starts and has earned himself a total of 50 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 42 times during his pro soccer career while scoring 115 goals. He scores 0.44 goals per 90 mins so far in his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Seattle Sounders FC is Stefan Cleveland. Cleveland has seen the pitch for a total of 1,710 minutes and has tallied 54 saves during his pro soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.11 (21 goals allowed) and his save percentage is 77.5. The goalie from the United States has faced 71 shots attempted at him in 19 starts. Cleveland (7-7-5 mark in his professional soccer career) has 3 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 15.8% shutout percentage.
When they last played, San Jose finished locked up with a final of 1-1 against Houston. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 404 of the 476 passing attempts for a rate of 84.9%. The Earthquakes finished the match with a 66.7% successful dribble percentage by converting 12 out of the 18 dribbles they attempted. San Jose had 2 shots on goal out of their 12 shots tried which had them at a 16.7% rate in their last game. Having a total of 16 goals and 13 assists in all their contests, San Jose has an average of 1.07 goals and 0.87 assists per 90 minutes.
Cristian Espinoza should provide a spark for San Jose Earthquakes. The forward who is from Argentina has played 9,346 professional minutes while earning 12 goals. He has totaled 22 yellow cards during his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 31 times. He is currently averaging 0.12 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 110 matches in his career. You should also watch out for Chris Wondolowski, the forward hailing from the United States. He has tallied 168 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 37 times. Wondolowski has been handed 36 yellow card warnings in 29,154 mins played (320 starts). His G/90 average during his soccer career is 0.52.
JT Marcinkowski will be residing in front of the goal for San Jose Earthquakes. Marcinkowski has recorded 15 shutouts and defended 329 shots tried against him in 6,480 mins throughout his career. He sports a save % of 69.0 and his clean sheet rate is currently 20.8%. He has given up 1.47 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a mark of 28-19-25. During his professional soccer career, Marcinkowski has surrendered 106 goals and has tallied 231 stops in 72 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Seattle (-227)
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