Sporting KC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Prediction, 11/20/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-182) Vancouver (+370)
Johnny Russell and Sporting KC (17-7-10, 3rd in Western Conference) play the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (12-13-9, 6th in Western Conference) at Children's Mercy Park on Saturday. The expected starting goalies will be Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Maxime Crepeau for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The line on this game has Sporting KC coming in at -182 and the Whitecaps are at +370. The O/U is set at 3.
Kansas City took the field against Salt Lake in their last game and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 1-0. In the passing game, they ended with a 90.6% passes received percentage by completing 483 out of their 533 pass targets in their last game. Sporting KC tried 12 dribbles in this game and completed 4 of the tries for a rate of 33.3%.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Kansas City wrapped this game up at a 33.3% rate by landing 4 shots on target of 12 total shots. Kansas City sports an average of 1.71 goals per 90 minutes (58 total goals) and have earned 38 assists in all competitions this year.
Johnny Russell is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Sporting KC. He has accounted for 56 assists while earning 28 yellow cards in his career. Russell has been in the starting lineup in 320 matchups in his pro soccer career and has 0.33 goals per 90 minutes. The forward from Scotland has 105 goals in 28,362 mins.
One more guy who could decide who wins is Daniel Salloi, the forward who represents Hungary. Salloi has been on the pitch for 10,063 mins in 109 career starts and has been handed a total of 12 yellow card warnings. He has helped a teammate on a goal 23 times so far in his career while he has scored 39 goals. He sports an average of 0.35 goals per 90 mins during his pro soccer career.
The man protecting the net for Sporting KC will be Tim Melia. Melia has seen the field for a total of 19,583 minutes and has tallied 658 saves in his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.25 (272 total goals given up) and he has earned a save % of 71.9. The goalie born in the United States has had 922 shots sent in his direction in 218 starts. Melia (92-54-73 mark during his career) has earned 66 clean sheets, which gives him a 30.3% clean sheet percentage.
The last time they took the field, Vancouver went home with a draw by a final score of 1-1 against Seattle. They finished this game by completing 427 of the 505 passes they tried for a rate of 84.6%. The Whitecaps finished the match with a 50.0% successful dribble rate by converting 7 out of the 14 dribbles they pursued. Vancouver connected on 1 shot on target out of the team's 7 shots tried which had them at a 14.3% rate in their last outing. With a total of 43 goals and 31 assists in all their contests, Vancouver sports an average of 1.26 goals and 0.91 assists per 90 min.
Cristian Dajome should be able to be counted on for Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He sports an average of 0.23 goals per 90 minutes and has started 151 outings during his career. The forward who is from Colombia has accumulated 13,406 mins while he has scored 35 goals. He has accumulated 24 yellow cards during his career and has assisted on a goal 14 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Lucas Cavallini, the forward who is from Canada. Cavallini has been given a total of 72 yellow cards in 15,154 minutes played (169 starts). His G/90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.41. He has collected 69 goals during his soccer career while assisting on a goal 7 times.
Maxime Crepeau will reside in front of the net for Vancouver Whitecaps FC. So far in his career, Crepeau has conceded 176 goals and has racked up 416 stops in 121 starting assignments. He has given up 1.46 goals per 90 and he has a record of 35-27-58. He sports a save % of 72.1 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 24.8%. Crepeau has 30 shutouts while defending 580 shots against him in 10,857 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Vancouver (+370)
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