Sporting KC vs Houston Dynamo Prediction, 5/29/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Houston Dynamo
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-167) Houston (+375)
Christian Ramirez and the Houston Dynamo (3-2-2, 4th in Western Conference) travel to Children's Mercy Park on Saturday where they'll meet Sporting KC (4-1-2, 2nd in Western Conference). The starting goalkeepers are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo are priced at +375 while Sporting Kansas City is at -167. The over/under opens at 2.5.
Kansas City faced San Jose in their last matchup and notched a win by a score of 3-1. Sporting KC tried 24 dribbles in this matchup and completed 10 of those attempts for a rate of 41.7%. In sharing the ball, they ended with a 83.8% rate by converting 353 out of their 421 pass attempts in their last game. In regard to shooting accuracy, Kansas City wrapped this game up at a 46.7% rate by putting 7 shots on target of 15 shots. Kansas City is averaging 1.71 goals per 90 minutes (12 total goals) and have accounted for 7 assists in all matches for the year.
Khiry Shelton is a player who should impact this matchup for Sporting KC. He has accounted for 14 assists while accumulating 6 yellow card warnings thus far in his career. Shelton has been in the starting lineup in 63 outings thus far in his career and he accounts for 0.19 goals per 90. The forward from the United States has accumulated 13 goals in 6,071 mins played. Another guy who should impact this match is Alan Pulido, the forward hailing from Mexico. He has assisted on a goal 23 times thus far in his career while he has scored 68 total goals. Pulido has totaled 13,862 mins in 143 starting assignments and has been given 17 yellow cards. He is averaging 0.44 goals per 90 minutes during his career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Sporting KC will be Tim Melia. Melia has seen the field for 17,243 mins and has 599 saves thus far in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.25 (240 goals allowed) and he holds a save % of 72.5. The goalkeeper from the United States has seen 832 shots attempted at him in 192 career starting assignments. Melia (80-48-65 mark during his career) has recorded 60 shutouts, which gives him a 31.3% clean sheet percentage.
The last time they took the pitch, Houston went home victorious with a score of 2-1 against Vancouver. The Dynamo finished the match with a 50.0% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 8 out of the 16 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 269 out of their 311 attempted passes for a rate of 86.5%. Houston connected on 3 shots on goal out of their 13 shots tried giving them a 23.1% clip when they last took the field. Having tallied 8 goals and 6 assists in all competitions, Houston averages 1.14 goals and 0.86 assists per 90 minutes.
Christian Ramirez should provide a lift for Houston Dynamo. The forward born in the United States has been on the pitch for 14,953 mins and has earned 93 goals. He has 4 yellow card cautions during his career and has assisted on a goal 28 times. He currently averages 0.56 goals per 90 minutes and has started 177 contests during his career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Carlos Darwin Quintero, the forward representing Colombia. Quintero has been given 55 yellow card warnings in 26,080 professional minutes played (291 starts). His G/90 average in his career is 0.32. He has earned 94 goals during his soccer career while assisting on a goal 87 different times.
Marko Maric will be looking after the net for Houston Dynamo. Maric has totaled 23 clean sheets while he has seen 422 shots against him in 10,620 minutes throughout his career. He has earned a save % of 68.2 and his clean sheet rate is currently 19.5%. He has allowed 1.49 goals per 90 while he holds a record of 32-40-46. During his career, Maric has conceded 176 goals and has accumulated 290 saves in 118 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (+375)
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