Sporting KC vs Colorado Rapids Prediction, 8/28/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Colorado Rapids
Date: Saturday, August 28, 2021
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-120) Colorado (+300)
Children's Mercy Park is the site where Diego Rubio and the Colorado Rapids (11-4-4, 3rd in Western Conference) will play Sporting KC (11-6-4, 2nd in Western Conference) on Saturday. The men protecting the net will be Tim Melia for Sporting KC and William Yarbrough for the Colorado Rapids. Sporting Kansas City is priced at -120 while the Rapids are at +300. The total has been set at 2.5.
Kansas City faced off with Minnesota in their last matchup and finished with a draw with a score of 0-0. When talking about passing the ball, they finished this match with a 88.1% received passes percentage by converting 238 of the 270 pass attempts in their last game. Sporting KC attempted 16 dribbles in this outing and completed 7 of those tries for a rate of 43.8%.
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Concerning shot accuracy, Kansas City walked away from the pitch at a 45.5% clip by hitting 5 shots on target of 11 total shots. Kansas City has an average of 1.71 goals per 90 (36 goals in total) and have 23 assists in all matches this season.
Daniel Salloi is a guy who can be a difference maker for Sporting KC. Salloi has been a starter in 100 outings so far in his career and has 0.34 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in Hungary has racked up 35 goals scored in 9,237 professional minutes played. He has accounted for 21 assists while earning 12 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career.
One more player who could decide who wins is Alan Pulido, the forward who is from Mexico. He has helped a teammate on a goal 24 times in his pro soccer career while he has scored 72 goals. Pulido has been on the pitch for 14,506 mins during 150 starts and has been given a total of 18 yellow cards. He scores 0.45 G/90 during his soccer career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Sporting KC is Tim Melia. Melia (87-53-67 mark during his career) has recorded 64 shutouts, which leaves him with a 31.1% shutout percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has had 881 shots tried against him in 206 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.23 (253 total goals conceded) and he has a save % of 72.5. Melia has been on the field for 18,503 minutes and is sitting with 634 saves during his soccer career.
In their last game, Colorado got the victory with a final of 2-1 against Salt Lake. The Rapids finished the match with a 47.4% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 9 of the 19 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 318 of the 342 passes they tried earning a percentage of 93.0%. Colorado landed 7 shots on target out of their 15 shots tried which had them at a 46.7% rate when they last took the field. Having tallied 28 goals and 20 assists in all their contests, Colorado averages 1.47 goals and 1.05 assists per 90 min.
Diego Rubio will need to be on top of his game for Colorado Rapids. The forward born in Chile has played 9,573 mins while he has scored 45 goals. He has earned 37 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 22 times. He scores 0.42 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 104 matches in his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Michael Barrios, the forward representing Colombia. He has accumulated 36 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 40 different times. Barrios has been handed 23 yellow card cautions in 15,249 professional minutes played (176 career starts). His goals per 90 min average thus far in his career is 0.21.
William Yarbrough will be residing in front of the net for Colorado Rapids. Yarbrough has totaled 49 clean sheets while he has seen 820 shots against him in 16,065 career minutes. He has a save % of 73.4 and his clean sheet rate is 27.4%. He has conceded 1.36 goals per 90 minutes while holding a record of 70-45-63. So far in his career, Yarbrough has given up 242 goals while earning 589 stops in 179 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Colorado (+300)
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