Sporting KC vs Houston Dynamo Prediction, 10/3/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Houston Dynamo
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-185) Houston (+520)
Daniel Salloi and Sporting KC (14-7-6, 2nd in Western Conference) host the Houston Dynamo (5-12-11, 12th in Western Conference) at Children's Mercy Park on Sunday. The goaltenders protecting the net are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo. The line on this game has Sporting KC coming in at -185 and the Dynamo are at +520. The total opens at 3.
Kansas City stepped onto the pitch against Seattle in their last matchup and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-1. In sharing the ball, they ended up with a 87.1% received passes percentage by connecting on 548 of the 629 passing attempts in their last match. Sporting KC attempted 17 dribbles in this game and were successful in 8 of the attempts for a percentage of 47.1%.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Kansas City ended this match at a 21.4% rate by putting 3 shots on target out of 14 total shots. Kansas City sports an average of 1.74 g/90 (47 total goals) and have accumulated 28 assists in all competitions for this campaign.
Daniel Salloi is a guy who should be able to impact this game for Sporting KC. Salloi has been a starter in 105 contests in his career and accounts for 0.35 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Hungary has earned 38 goals in 9,666 professional minutes played. He has 21 assists while accumulating 12 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career.
Another guy who could decide the outcome is Johnny Russell, the forward representing Scotland. Russell has been on the field for 27,837 minutes in 314 starting assignments and has been given a total of 28 yellow cards. He has helped a teammate on a goal 55 times during his pro soccer career while scoring 98 total goals. He has an average of 0.32 goals per 90 mins during his soccer career.
The man who will protect the net for Sporting KC is Tim Melia. Melia has played for 19,043 minutes and has earned 643 saves during his soccer career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.23 (261 total goals surrendered) and he has a save percentage of 72.2. The goalie from the United States has seen 897 shots tried against him in 212 starting assignments. Melia (90-54-69 mark in his career) has earned 66 clean sheets, which has earned him a 31.1% shutout percentage.
In their last outing, Houston walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-0 against Minnesota. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 409 of the 460 passing attempts for a rate of 88.9%. The Dynamo ended the game with a 45.0% successful dribble rate by connecting on 9 of the 20 dribbles they attempted. Houston connected on 7 shots on goal out of 15 shots attempted which had them at a 46.7% clip when they last took the field. Having earned a total of 30 goals and 19 assists in all their matches, Houston averages 1.07 goals and 0.68 assists per 90.
Fafa Picault should provide a spark for Houston Dynamo. He scores 0.36 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 139 contests so far in his career. The forward representing the United States has accumulated 12,378 mins and has scored 50 goals. He has accumulated 31 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 21 times. You should also keep an eye on Memo Rodriguez, the midfielder born in the United States. Rodriguez has been given a total of 15 yellow card cautions in 8,228 mins (91 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average during his pro soccer career is 0.31. He has tallied 28 goals during his career while assisting on a goal 14 different times.
Marko Maric is expected to look after the net for Houston Dynamo. In his career, Maric has given up 199 goals and has accumulated 335 saves in 132 starts. He has surrendered 1.51 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a mark of 32-48-52. He has earned a save % of 68.1 and his clean sheet rate sits at 18.9%. Maric has totaled 25 clean sheets and has defended 489 shots against him in 11,880 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (+520)
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