Los Angeles FC vs Sporting KC Prediction, 4/17/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles FC vs Sporting KC
Date: Sunday, April 17, 2022
Location: Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-163) Kansas City (+350)
Carlos Vela and Los Angeles FC (4-1-1, 1st in Western Conference) play Sporting KC (2-0-5, 12th in Western Conference) at Banc of California Stadium on Sunday. The starting goaltenders will be Maxime Crepeau for Los Angeles FC and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. The moneyline on this game has Los Angeles FC coming in at -163 and Sporting Kansas City is at +350. The over/under opens at 2.5.
Los Angeles took the field against LA in their most recent match and took a loss by a score of 2-1. In the passing game, they finished with a 87.4% passes received rate by connecting on 389 out of their 445 pass targets in their last outing. LAFC attempted 20 dribbles in this game and were able to convert 12 of those attempts for a rate of 60.0%.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Los Angeles walked away from the pitch at a 41.2% clip by putting 7 shots on target of 17 shots. Los Angeles sports an average of 2.33 goals per 90 minutes (14 goals in total) and are sitting with 6 assists in all competitions for this campaign.
Carlos Vela is a guy who should be able to impact this game for Los Angeles FC. He has totaled 69 assists while earning 51 yellow card cautions during his soccer career. Vela has been in the starting lineup in 320 matches during his pro soccer career and scores 0.45 goals per 90 mins. The forward hailing from Mexico has accumulated 143 goals in 28,702 professional minutes played.
Another player who could decide the outcome is Cristian Arango, the forward representing Colombia. He has assisted on a goal 9 times so far in his career and he has scored 45 goals. Arango has 10,200 minutes in 109 career starting assignments and has been handed 24 yellow card warnings. He scores 0.40 G/90 so far in his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Los Angeles FC is Maxime Crepeau. Crepeau (39-28-59 record in his career) has accumulated 32 clean sheets, which gives him a 25.2% clean sheet percentage. The keeper from Canada has faced 595 shots sent his way in 127 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.44 (182 total goals surrendered) and his save % is 71.8. Crepeau has seen the field for 11,397 minutes and is sitting with 425 saves in his career.
When they last played, Kansas City walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-1 against Nashville. Sporting KC had a 41.7% successful dribble rate by connecting on 5 out of the 12 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 414 of the 449 passes they attempted for a rate of 92.2%. Kansas City had 5 shots on target out of 18 shots tried earning them a 27.8% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. With 5 goals and 2 assists in all their contests, Kansas City averages 0.71 goals and 0.29 assists per 90 minutes.
Daniel Salloi should be someone to watch for Sporting KC. He scores 0.34 goals per 90 and has started 114 matches during his soccer career. The forward from Hungary has played 10,513 professional minutes while he has scored 40 goals. He has 12 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted on a goal 23 times. Make sure to watch out for Johnny Russell, the forward representing Scotland. He has accumulated 106 goals during his career while helping on a goal 56 different times. Russell has been handed 28 yellow card warnings in 28,874 minutes (326 starts). His goals per 90 min average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.33.
Tim Melia will be looking after the net for Sporting KC. In his career, Melia has given up 283 goals and has accounted for 673 stops in 225 starts. He has surrendered 1.26 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a mark of 94-54-78. He is the owner of a save % of 71.6 and his clean sheet rate sits at 30.2%. Melia has totaled 68 shutouts while seeing 947 shots against him in 20,213 career mins.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (+350)
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