Sporting KC vs Austin FC Prediction, 5/9/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Austin FC
Date: Sunday, May 9, 2021
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-182) Austin (+475)
Rodney Redes and Austin FC (2-0-1, 4th in Western Conference) go to Children's Mercy Park on Sunday where they'll meet Sporting KC (1-1-1, 10th in Western Conference). The goaltenders protecting the net will be John Pulskamp for Sporting KC and Brad Stuver for Austin FC. The line on this game has Sporting KC priced at -182 and Austin FC is at +475. The O/U is set at 2.75.
Kansas City faced Salt Lake in their last matchup and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 3-1. When discussing the passing game, they ended up with a 83.2% passes received percentage by completing 346 out of their 416 pass attempts in their last outing. Sporting KC tried 9 dribbles in this match and converted 7 of the attempts for a percentage of 77.8%. Concerning shot accuracy, Kansas City walked away from the pitch at a 14.3% clip by landing 1 shot on target of 7 total shots. Kansas City sports an average of 1.33 goals per 90 min (4 total goals) and have racked up 2 assists in all matches for the season.
Khiry Shelton is a guy who should impact this matchup for Sporting KC. He has 13 assists while accumulating 6 yellow card cautions so far in his career. Shelton has been in the starting lineup in 60 matchups so far in his career while he scores 0.20 goals per 90 minutes. The forward representing the United States has tallied 13 goals in 5,795 mins played. Someone else who should impact this game is Johnny Russell, the forward hailing from Scotland. He has assisted on a goal 49 times in his career and he has scored 90 total goals. Russell has played 26,226 minutes in 295 career starting assignments and has been given 27 yellow cards. He is currently averaging 0.31 goals per 90 for his career.
The man who will protect the net for Sporting KC is John Pulskamp. Pulskamp has been on the pitch for 1,710 mins and is sitting with 61 stops so far in his pro soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 2.21 (42 total goals allowed) and he has a save percentage of 60.4. The keeper born in the United States has had 101 shots tried at him in 19 career starts. Pulskamp (6-3-10 record in his career) has accumulated 3 clean sheets, which gives him a 15.8% shutout percentage.
The last time they took the pitch, Austin went home victorious with a score of 1-0 against Minnesota. They finished this game by converting 470 of the 529 passes they tried for a rate of 88.8%. Austin FC finished with a 50.0% successful dribble rate by converting 10 out of the 20 dribbles they tried. Austin converted 4 shots on target out of 13 shots attempted which had them at a 30.8% rate when they last took the field. Having earned a total of 4 goals and 3 assists in all their matches, Austin sports an average of 1.33 goals and 1.00 assist per 90 minutes.
Rodney Redes will be counted on for Austin FC. The forward from Paraguay has 6,065 mins while earning 11 goals. He has collected 6 yellow card cautions so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 7 times. He currently averages 0.16 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 84 contests in his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Cecilio Dominguez, the forward representing Paraguay. He has totaled 38 goals so far in his career while assisting on a goal 9 different times. Dominguez has been handed 13 yellow card warnings in 8,090 mins played (89 career starts). His goals per 90 min average in his pro soccer career is 0.42.
Brad Stuver will reside in front of the net for Austin FC. So far in his pro soccer career, Stuver has surrendered 34 goals and has accumulated 72 stops in 23 starts. He has given up 1.48 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 10-4-9. He has earned a save % of 67.6 and his clean sheet rate is currently 17.4%. Stuver has totaled 4 clean sheets while defending 105 shots tried against him in 2,070 career mins.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Austin (+475)
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