Nashville SC vs Sporting KC Prediction, 6/19/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville SC vs Sporting KC
Date: Sunday, June 19, 2022
Location: GEODIS Park in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Nashville (-156) Kansas City (+492)
Johnny Russell and Sporting KC (3-4-9, 14th in Western Conference) go to GEODIS Park on Sunday where they'll take on Nashville SC (6-5-4, 6th in Western Conference). The starting goalies will be Joe Willis for Nashville SC and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. Sporting Kansas City is priced at +492 while Nashville SC are at -156. The O/U opens at 2.5.
Nashville played San Jose in their last matchup and got the draw with a final of 0-0. Nashville SC attempted 9 dribbles in this outing and were successful in 5 of the attempts for a percentage of 55.6%. In sharing the ball, they had a 94.2% received passes percentage by completing 356 out of their 378 targeted passes in their last match.
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Concerning shot accuracy, Nashville ended this match at a 35.7% rate by hitting 5 SoT out of 14 total shots. Nashville averages 1.20 g/90 (18 goals in total) and have tallied 16 assists in all matches for the year.
Hany Mukhtar is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Nashville SC. Mukhtar has been given a starting assignment in 160 outings during his pro soccer career and has 0.32 goals per 90 minutes. The forward hailing from Germany has earned 51 goals in 14,405 minutes. He has accounted for 41 assists while earning 26 yellow cards thus far in his career.
One more player who should impact this match is C.J. Sapong, the forward representing the United States. Sapong has 23,012 mins in 255 starts and has been handed 22 yellow card cautions. He has helped on a goal 28 times in his pro soccer career and he has scored 89 total goals. He has an average of 0.35 goals per 90 mins so far in his career.
The man who will protect the net for Nashville SC will be Joe Willis. Willis (69-64-68 record in his career) has accumulated 51 shutouts, which leaves him with a 25.6% clean sheet percentage. The goalie born in the United States has had 858 shots tried against him in 199 career starting assignments. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.33 (268 total goals allowed) and he has a save % of 71.6. Willis has been on the pitch for 18,099 minutes and is sitting with 610 saves in his career.
For their last outing, Kansas City took a loss by a score of 2-1 against New England. Sporting KC ended the game with a 42.9% successful dribble rate by completing 3 of the 7 dribbles they tried. They finished the match by completing 322 of the 360 pass attempts earning a percentage of 89.4%. Kansas City landed 2 shots on target out of 9 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 22.2% rate when they last took the field. Having tallied 13 goals and 7 assists in all competitions, Kansas City averages 0.81 goals and 0.44 assists per 90 minutes.
Johnny Russell should provide solid play for Sporting KC. He sports an average of 0.33 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 335 matches in his career. The forward who is from Scotland has been on the pitch for 29,677 minutes while scoring 110 goals. He has collected 31 yellow card warnings so far in his career and has helped on a goal 56 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Roger Espinoza, the defender representing Honduras. Espinoza has been given a total of 72 yellow card warnings in 25,224 professional minutes (287 starts). His goals per 90 min average in his career is 0.05. He has collected 13 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 30 times.
Tim Melia will reside in front of the net for Sporting KC. Melia has totaled 70 clean sheets and has defended 980 shots tried against him in 21,023 career mins. He is the owner of a save % of 70.9 and his clean sheet rate is 29.9%. He has surrendered 1.28 goals per 90 while holding a record of 95-58-82. In his career, Melia has surrendered 300 goals and has racked up 690 stops in 234 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kansas City (+492)
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