Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Sporting KC Prediction, 10/17/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Sporting KC
Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021
Location: BC Place in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Vancouver (+175) Kansas City (+145)
BC Place is the venue where Alan Pulido and Sporting KC (15-7-6, 2nd in Western Conference) will play the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (9-10-9, 8th in Western Conference) on Sunday. The goalies expected to start will be Thomas Hasal for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. The moneyline on this matchup has the Vancouver Whitecaps FC priced at +175 and Sporting Kansas City is at +145. The O/U opens at 2.75.
Vancouver faced off with Seattle in their last matchup and took a loss by a final of 4-1. The Whitecaps attempted 11 dribbles in this matchup and converted 9 of the tries for a percentage of 81.8%. In sharing the ball, they ended with a 87.3% received passes percentage by converting 438 of the 502 passing targets in their last match.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Vancouver wrapped this game up at a 27.3% rate by landing 3 shots on target of 11 total shots. Vancouver sports an average of 1.21 goals per 90 (34 goals in total) and have accounted for 24 assists in all competitions this season.
Cristian Dajome is a player who should be able to impact this game for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He has 14 assists while earning 24 yellow cards in his pro soccer career. Dajome has had a starting assignment in 146 outings in his career and he tallies 0.23 goals per 90. The forward from Colombia has totaled 33 goals in 13,007 mins played.
One more player who should impact this match is Ryan Gauld, the midfielder who represents Scotland. Gauld has been on the field for 6,976 mins during 79 starting assignments and has earned himself 12 yellow card cautions. He has helped on a goal 19 times in his career while scoring 19 total goals. He scores 0.25 goals per 90 mins for his pro soccer career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Vancouver Whitecaps FC is Thomas Hasal. Hasal has defended the goal for 1,383 mins and has 54 stops in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.89 (29 goals given up) and he has earned a save % of 66.3. The goalie born in Canada has seen 80 shots attempted at him in 15 starting assignments. Hasal (6-3-6 record during his soccer career) has earned 2 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 13.3% shutout percentage.
The last time they took the pitch, Kansas City walked away with a victory by a final of 4-2 against Houston. Sporting KC finished with a 70.6% successful dribble rate by completing 12 of the 17 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this match by completing 486 of the 535 passing tries for a percentage of 90.8%. Kansas City converted 8 shots on goal out of their 16 shots attempted earning them a 50.0% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. With a total of 51 goals and 31 assists in all their contests, Kansas City averages 1.82 goals and 1.11 assists per 90 min.
Alan Pulido should provide solid play for Sporting KC. The forward born in Mexico has totaled 14,816 mins and he has scored 72 goals. He has tallied 18 yellow cards during his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 24 times. He sports an average of 0.44 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 153 contests so far in his career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Daniel Salloi, the forward born in Hungary. He has scored 39 goals during his soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 22 different times. Salloi has been handed a total of 12 yellow cards in 9,756 minutes (106 starts). His goals per 90 min average in his career is 0.36.
Tim Melia will reside in front of the goal for Sporting KC. Melia has 66 shutouts while defending 901 shots against him in 19,133 minutes throughout his career. He sports a save percentage of 72.1 and his shutout rate sits at 31.0%. He has given up 1.24 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a record of 91-54-69. Thus far in his career, Melia has allowed 263 goals while tallying 645 stops in 213 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kansas City (+145)
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