Real Salt Lake vs Toronto FC Prediction, 4/9/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Toronto FC
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (-133) Toronto (+333)
Justin Meram and Real Salt Lake (3-2-1, 2nd in Western Conference) play Toronto FC (2-1-2, 7th in Eastern Conference) at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday. The expected starting goalkeepers will be Zac MacMath for Real Salt Lake and Alex Bono for Toronto FC. TFC is priced at +333 while RSL is at -133. The total opens at 2.5.
Salt Lake faced off with Colorado in their last game and got the draw with a final of 1-1. RSL attempted 15 dribbles in this game and were able to convert 5 of the attempts for a percentage of 33.3%. In sharing the ball, they had a 80.1% passes received percentage by connecting on 274 of the 342 targeted passes last contest.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Salt Lake ended this match at a 25.0% clip by hitting 1 shot on target out of 4 total shots. Salt Lake averages 1.17 goals per 90 min (7 goals in total) and are sitting with 5 assists in all games for the year.
Justin Meram is a player who should be able to impact this match for Real Salt Lake. He has totaled 37 assists while earning 29 yellow card warnings during his career. Meram has been in the starting lineup in 206 contests so far in his career and accounts for 0.24 goals per 90 mins. The forward from the United States has totaled 48 goals scored in 17,728 minutes played.
One more guy who could decide who wins is Maikel Chang, the midfielder born in Cuba. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 45 times so far in his pro soccer career while scoring 35 goals. Chang has accumulated 15,794 minutes during 181 career starting assignments and has been given 20 yellow card warnings. He sports an average of 0.20 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Real Salt Lake is Zac MacMath. MacMath (53-49-59 record in his career) has recorded 44 shutouts, which leaves him with a 27.3% shutout percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has had 678 shots attempted at him in 161 career starts. His GA/90 is 1.28 (207 total goals given up) and his save percentage is 70.4. MacMath has defended the goal for a total of 14,558 minutes and is sitting with 477 saves in his career.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Toronto got the victory with a final of 2-1 against New York City. TFC had a 53.6% successful dribble rate by completing 15 out of the 28 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 376 of the 442 pass attempts earning a percentage of 85.1%. Toronto converted 3 shots on target out of the team's 8 shots attempted giving them a 37.5% rate in their last game. Having accumulated 6 goals and 6 assists in all their matches, Toronto has an average of 1.20 goals and 1.20 assists per 90.
Alejandro Pozuelo will need to provide a spark for Toronto FC. The forward born in Spain has been on the field for 19,637 mins while earning 47 goals. He has 33 yellow cards in his career and has helped on a goal 54 times. He is averaging 0.22 goals per 90 and has been in the starting lineup in 214 contests during his soccer career. You should also keep an eye on Jesus Jimenez, the forward representing Spain. He has earned 40 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 22 times. Jimenez has been given 8 yellow card cautions in 10,877 mins played (120 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average so far in his career is 0.33.
Alex Bono will be looking after the net for Toronto FC. Bono has totaled 25 shutouts while seeing 586 shots against him in 11,517 career minutes. He sports a save percentage of 69.8 and his shutout rate sits at 19.8%. He has surrendered 1.52 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 55-30-42. During his professional soccer career, Bono has conceded 194 goals and has racked up 407 saves in 126 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Toronto (+333)
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