Sporting KC vs Real Salt Lake Prediction, 11/28/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Real Salt Lake
Date: Sunday, November 28, 2021
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-154) Salt Lake (+426)
Children's Mercy Park is the site where Damir Kreilach and Real Salt Lake (14-6-14, 7th in Western Conference) will take on Sporting KC (17-7-10, 3rd in Western Conference) on Sunday. The starting goaltenders are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and David Ochoa for Real Salt Lake. RSL is priced at +426 while Sporting Kansas City is at -154. The total is set at 3.
Kansas City played Vancouver in their last match and notched a win by a score of 3-1. When discussing the passing game, they earned a 73.0% rate by converting 230 of the 315 passing attempts in their last game. Sporting KC tried 13 dribbles in this match and were able to convert 7 of those attempts for a rate of 53.8%.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Kansas City finished at a 41.7% clip by putting 5 shots on target out of 12 shots. Kansas City sports an average of 1.71 g/90 (58 total goals) and have accounted for 38 assists in all games for this campaign.
Daniel Salloi is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Sporting KC. He has totaled 23 assists while accumulating 12 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career. Salloi has been given a starting assignment in 109 outings so far in his pro soccer career and scores 0.35 goals per 90 minutes. The forward representing Hungary has earned 39 goals in 10,063 professional minutes.
One more player who could decide who wins is Johnny Russell, the forward representing Scotland. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 56 times during his pro soccer career while he has scored 105 goals. Russell has earned 28,362 mins during 320 career starting assignments and has been handed 28 yellow cards. He is averaging 0.33 G/90 during his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Sporting KC will be Tim Melia. Melia has been on the field for a total of 19,583 minutes and has tallied 658 stops during his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.25 (272 goals given up) and his save % is 71.9. The keeper from the United States has faced 922 shots sent his way in 218 starting assignments. Melia (92-54-73 record in his career) has totaled 66 shutouts, which has earned him a 30.3% shutout rate.
When they last played, Salt Lake weren't able to secure a win with a final of 0 (6)-0 (5) against Seattle. RSL finished the match with a 57.9% successful dribble percentage by completing 11 out of the 19 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 333 of the 466 passes they attempted for a rate of 71.5%. Salt Lake converted 3 shots on target out of their 15 shots tried which had them sitting at a 20.0% clip in their last match. With 54 goals and 46 assists in all their matches, Salt Lake is averaging 1.59 goals and 1.35 assists per 90.
Damir Kreilach will need to provide a lift for Real Salt Lake. He averages 0.27 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 357 games so far in his pro soccer career. The forward born in Croatia has totaled 31,624 mins and has scored 94 goals. He has 69 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 34 times. You should also watch out for Rubio Rubin, the forward representing the United States. Rubin has been given a total of 0 yellow cards in 6,039 minutes played (64 career starts). His goals per 90 minute average so far in his career is 0.28. He has tallied 19 goals thus far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 11 different times.
David Ochoa is expected to look after the net for Real Salt Lake. During his career, Ochoa has allowed 73 goals and has racked up 151 saves in 48 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.52 goals per 90 minutes and he has a record of 20-8-20. He has earned a save percentage of 67.6 and his clean sheet rate sits at 18.8%. Ochoa has recorded 9 clean sheets and has defended 219 shots against him in 4,320 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Salt Lake (+426)
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