Sporting KC vs Colorado Rapids Prediction, 6/23/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Colorado Rapids
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-130) Colorado (+290)
Children's Mercy Park is the venue where Jonathan Lewis and the Colorado Rapids (5-1-2, 3rd in Western Conference) will play Sporting KC (5-2-3, 2nd in Western Conference) on Wednesday. The starting goalkeepers are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and William Yarbrough for the Colorado Rapids. Sporting Kansas City is priced at -130 while the Rapids are at +290. The total is set at 3.
Kansas City faced off with Portland in their last match and took a loss by a score of 2-1. Sporting KC tried 17 dribbles in this matchup and converted 10 of the tries for a percentage of 58.8%. In sharing the ball, they finished this match with a 91.0% rate by completing 604 out of their 664 pass attempts last match. In relation to shooting accuracy, Kansas City finished the game at a 15.8% clip by hitting 3 shots on target out of 19 total shots. Kansas City averages 1.70 goals per 90 min (17 goals in total) and have accounted for 9 assists in all contests for this campaign.
Alan Pulido is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Sporting KC. Pulido has started 145 matches thus far in his career and tallies 0.44 goals per 90 minutes. The forward from Mexico has racked up 69 goals in 14,042 mins. He has totaled 23 assists while earning 17 yellow card cautions so far in his career. One more player who could decide who wins is Khiry Shelton, the forward hailing from the United States. He has helped on a goal 14 times during his career while he has scored 13 total goals. Shelton has totaled 6,245 minutes in 65 starting assignments and has been given 6 yellow card cautions. He currently averages 0.19 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Sporting KC will be Tim Melia. Melia has defended the goal for 17,513 minutes and has 604 stops so far in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.26 (245 goals allowed) and his save percentage is 72.2. The goalie hailing from the United States has had 842 shots sent in his direction in 195 career starting assignments. Melia (81-49-66 record in his career) has accounted for 60 clean sheets, which gives him a 30.8% shutout percentage.
For their last game, Colorado got the victory with a final of 2-0 against Cincinnati. They wrapped up this match by completing 339 of the 414 passes they attempted earning a rate of 81.9%. The Rapids had a 63.2% successful dribble percentage by converting 12 out of the 19 dribbles they tried. Colorado landed 2 shots on target out of their 7 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 28.6% clip in their last match. Having tallied 13 goals and 9 assists for all their matches, Colorado averages 1.62 goals and 1.13 assists per 90 minutes.
Jonathan Lewis should provide a spark for Colorado Rapids. He has an average of 0.44 G/90 and has been a starter in 27 matches during his career. The midfielder from the United States has totaled 2,886 minutes while scoring 14 goals. He has accounted for 4 yellow cards during his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 8 times. You should also watch out for Diego Rubio, the forward born in Chile. He has scored 44 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 20 times. Rubio has been given a total of 35 yellow card warnings in 9,088 minutes played (98 starts). His goals per 90 average during his soccer career is 0.44.
William Yarbrough will be looking after the net for Colorado Rapids. Yarbrough has recorded 45 clean sheets and has defended 781 shots against him in 15,075 minutes in his career. He has earned a save % of 73.4 and his clean sheet rate sits at 26.8%. He has given up 1.38 goals per 90 minutes and he has a mark of 64-42-61. During his professional soccer career, Yarbrough has conceded 231 goals while totaling 559 saves in 168 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Colorado (+290)
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