Sporting KC vs Austin FC Prediction, 6/12/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Austin FC
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-133) Austin (+320)
Children's Mercy Park is the venue where Cecilio Dominguez and Austin FC (2-1-4, 11th in Western Conference) will take on Sporting KC (5-1-2, 2nd in Western Conference) on Saturday. The expected starting goalkeepers will be Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Brad Stuver for Austin FC. Sporting Kansas City is priced at -133 while Austin FC is at +320. The total has been set at 2.5.
Kansas City faced off with Houston in their last match and earned the victory with a final of 3-2. Sporting KC tried 14 dribbles in this game and were successful in 8 of the attempts for a percentage of 57.1%. In the passing game, they earned a 90.2% passes received percentage by connecting on 582 out of their 645 passing targets in their last game. In regard to shooting accuracy, Kansas City finished at a 42.1% rate by landing 8 shots on target out of 19 total shots. Kansas City has an average of 1.87 goals per 90 minutes (15 total goals) and have accounted for 8 assists in all matches this season.
Alan Pulido is a guy who should impact this matchup for Sporting KC. Pulido has been given a starting assignment in 144 matches so far in his pro soccer career and he accounts for 0.45 G/90. The forward hailing from Mexico has earned 69 goals in 13,952 mins played. He has 23 assists while earning 17 yellow card warnings in his career. Someone else who should impact this game is Khiry Shelton, the forward representing the United States. He has assisted on a goal 14 times in his career while he has scored 13 total goals. Shelton has 6,144 minutes during 64 starts and has earned himself 6 yellow cards. He sports an average of 0.19 goals per 90 mins during his soccer career.
The guy defending the goal for Sporting KC is Tim Melia. Melia has played for a total of 17,333 minutes and has 602 saves in his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.26 (242 goals surrendered) and he has earned a save percentage of 72.4. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has faced 837 shots tried against him in 193 career starts. Melia (81-48-65 record in his career) has totaled 60 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 31.1% shutout percentage.
The last time they took the field, Austin weren't able to secure a win with a final of 0-0 against Seattle. They finished the match by converting 359 of the 433 attempted passes earning a rate of 82.9%. Austin FC earned a 77.8% successful dribble rate by converting 14 out of the 18 dribbles they pursued. Austin had 3 shots on goal out of 11 shots attempted earning them a 27.3% clip in their last match. With 5 goals and 4 assists in all their matches, Austin averages 0.71 goals and 0.57 assists per 90 minutes.
Cecilio Dominguez will be counted on for Austin FC. He is currently averaging 0.41 goals per 90 and has been a starter in 93 matches so far in his pro soccer career. The forward who is from Paraguay has been on the pitch for 8,419 professional minutes while he has scored 38 goals. He has totaled 13 yellow card cautions thus far in his career and has assisted on a goal 9 times. Be sure to watch out for Rodney Redes, the forward representing Paraguay. He has collected 11 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 7 times. Redes has been handed 6 yellow card warnings in 6,193 mins played (85 career starts). His G/90 average in his career is 0.16.
Brad Stuver will be residing in front of the goal for Austin FC. Stuver has totaled 5 clean sheets and has defended 125 shots attempted against him in 2,430 mins in his career. He holds a save % of 68.8 and his shutout rate sits at 18.5%. He has conceded 1.44 goals per 90 mins while he holds a record of 10-5-12. In his pro soccer career, Stuver has conceded 39 goals and has tallied 86 saves in 27 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kansas City (-133)
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