Sporting KC vs Orlando City SC Prediction, 4/23/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Orlando City SC
Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-111) Orlando (+250)
Children's Mercy Park is the venue where Nani and Orlando City (0-1-0, 7th in Eastern Conference) will play Sporting KC (1-0-0, 4th in Western Conference) on Friday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start will be John Pulskamp for Sporting KC and Pedro Gallese for Orlando City. Sporting Kansas City is priced at -111 while the Lions are at +250. The total has been set at 3.
Kansas City stepped onto the pitch against New York in their last matchup and walked away with a win by a score of 2-1. Sporting KC attempted 25 dribbles in this match and converted 13 of the tries for a rate of 52.0%. When talking about passing the ball, they finished with a 76.6% passes received rate by completing 341 out of their 445 pass targets last game. In terms of shooting accuracy, Kansas City wrapped this game up at a 37.5% clip by hitting 3 shots on target of 8 shots. Kansas City sports an average of 2.00 g/90 (2 total goals) and have yet to record an assist this season.
Khiry Shelton is a player who should be able to impact this match for Sporting KC. Shelton has had a starting assignment in 58 contests during his career and has 0.21 goals per 90 mins. The forward who is from the United States has totaled 13 goals scored in 5,615 minutes played. He has 12 assists while earning 6 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Johnny Russell, the forward hailing from Scotland. Russell has totaled 26,155 minutes in 294 starting assignments and has earned himself 27 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 49 times thus far in his career while he has scored 90 goals. He scores 0.31 G/90 thus far in his career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Sporting KC will be John Pulskamp. Pulskamp (6-2-9 mark during his soccer career) has totaled 3 shutouts, which has earned him a 17.6% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has had 93 shots tried at him in 17 starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 2.24 (38 total goals conceded) and his save percentage is 61.3. Pulskamp has been on the pitch for a total of 1,530 minutes and has earned 57 saves during his career.
When they last played, Orlando weren't able to secure a win with a final of 0-0 against Atlanta. The Lions finished with a 45.5% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 5 of the 11 dribbles they pursued. They finished this game by connecting on 302 of the 322 passing attempts earning a rate of 93.8%. Orlando converted 3 shots on goal out of their 11 shots attempted which had them at a 27.3% rate when they last took the field.
Nani should provide solid play for Orlando City SC. The forward from Cape Verde has been on the pitch for 25,678 mins and has earned 82 goals. He has accumulated 52 yellow cards so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 84 times. He averages 0.29 goals per 90 and has been a starter in 288 outings during his pro soccer career. Make sure to watch out for Chris Mueller, the forward who represents the United States. Mueller has been given a total of 3 yellow cards in 4,974 minutes (57 career starts). His G/90 average so far in his career is 0.33. He has totaled 18 goals so far in his career while assisting on a goal 13 times.
Pedro Gallese will look after the goal for Orlando City SC. During his pro soccer career, Gallese has given up 141 goals and has accounted for 152 stops in 138 starts. He has allowed 1.53 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a record of 48-36-52. He holds a save percentage of 68.4 and his shutout rate is currently 21.0%. Gallese has 29 clean sheets while seeing 228 shots attempted against him in 12,261 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kansas City (-111)
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