Sporting KC vs FC Dallas Prediction, 7/31/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs FC Dallas
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-175) Dallas (+375)
Children's Mercy Park is the site where Ricardo Pepi and FC Dallas (3-5-7, 10th in Western Conference) will take on Sporting KC (9-3-3, 2nd in Western Conference) on Saturday. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Jimmy Maurer for FC Dallas. The odds on this contest have Sporting KC priced at -175 and FCD is at +375. The over/under has been set at 3.
Kansas City stepped onto the pitch against Seattle in their most recent game and earned the victory with a final of 3-1. Sporting KC attempted 19 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 7 of the attempts for a rate of 36.8%. When discussing the passing game, they had a 86.3% passes received rate by connecting on 474 out of their 549 passing attempts in their last outing.
In terms of shooting accuracy, Kansas City finished at a 57.1% rate by putting 4 shots on target of 7 total shots. Kansas City averages 1.87 g/90 (28 goals in total) and have accounted for 16 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Daniel Salloi is a player who should be able to impact this match for Sporting KC. He has accounted for 19 assists while tallying 9 yellow cards so far in his career. Salloi has started 96 games so far in his pro soccer career and accounts for 0.33 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Hungary has racked up 32 goals scored in 8,850 mins played. One more guy who should impact this match is Khiry Shelton, the forward hailing from the United States. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 14 times so far in his pro soccer career while he has scored 14 goals. Shelton has been on the field for 6,561 minutes during 68 starts and has been given a total of 6 yellow card cautions. He currently averages 0.19 goals per 90 minutes during his career.
The guy defending the goal for Sporting KC will be Tim Melia. Melia has seen the pitch for 17,963 mins and has accumulated 622 saves in his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.25 (249 goals allowed) and his save % is 72.5. The keeper from the United States has seen 864 shots attempted at him in 200 career starts. Melia (85-50-66 mark in his career) has 61 clean sheets, which gives him a 30.5% clean sheet rate.
In their last outing, Dallas took home the win by a final score of 4-0 against LA. They finished the match by converting 383 out of their 439 attempted passes for a rate of 87.2%. FCD ended the game with a 43.8% successful dribble rate by completing 7 out of the 16 dribbles they pursued. Dallas converted 5 shots on target out of their 12 shots attempted giving them a 41.7% rate in their last outing. Having earned a total of 17 goals and 13 assists in all matches, Dallas averages 1.13 goals and 0.87 assists per 90 min.
Ricardo Pepi should be someone to watch for FC Dallas. He is averaging 0.65 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 14 outings in his career. The forward from the United States has accumulated 1,384 professional minutes while scoring 10 goals. He has totaled 1 yellow card in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 1 time. You should also keep an eye on Franco Jara, the forward born in Argentina. Jara has been given 53 yellow card cautions in 16,039 professional minutes played (178 starting assignments). His G/90 average in his career is 0.47. He has accounted for 84 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 20 different times.
Jimmy Maurer will look after the goal for FC Dallas. Maurer has racked up 56 clean sheets while he has seen 681 shots against him in 14,689 minutes in his career. He is the owner of a save % of 71.2 and his clean sheet rate sits at 33.9%. He has allowed 1.23 goals per 90 mins while he holds a mark of 66-54-46. During his career, Maurer has conceded 201 goals while totaling 486 stops in 165 starts.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Dallas (+375)
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