Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Prediction, 8/20/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (-150) Vancouver (+433)
The Whitecaps (9-6-11) are traveling to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday where they will try to defeat RSL (10-7-8). RSL opens at -150 and the Whitecaps are at +433. The total comes in at 2.5. The goalies protecting the net will be Zac MacMath for Real Salt Lake and Cody Cropper for Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Real Salt Lake has compiled 79 SVs and they also have a SV% of 73.6 so far this year. This team's differential on goals is currently at -1 because of 33 goals put in the net and 34 goals given up. the year, the team is sitting with an average of 1.48 pts per match (37 pts) and they also rank 15th in MLS with 25 assists. The Claret and Cobalt have a ranking of 16th in expected goals with 33.9, and the expected goals against are coming in at 34.0. Salt Lake has amassed 58 yellow card warnings the year as well as 1 red card. RSL has relinquished 34 goals while allowing 1.36 goals per 90 minutes, and the opposition have compiled 110 SoT against them. They have accumulated 8 shut outs, which puts them at a percentage of 32.0 so far this year.
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The Whitecaps average 1.3 pts per fixture while compiling 16 assists and 2 red cards. The Whitecaps have tallied a clean sheet rate of 26.9 on the campaign in addition to 53 yellow cards. Vancouver ranks 26th when it comes to goals relinquished with 45, and the team's goal differential is -14. On the campaign, the Whitecaps have a save percentage of 62.0 (108 SoT against), and also sit at 18th in MLS with 33 pts. The club's goals against/90 min is at 1.73 with 66 saves, and they have accumulated 7 shut outs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC has earned 31 goals and the squad's goals expected the season is 30.7.
The man who will protect the net for Salt Lake will be Zac MacMath. MacMath (78-66-78 record during his career) has earned 66 clean sheets, which gives him a 29.7% shutout percentage. The keeper born in the United States has had 950 shots attempted at him in 222 starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.29 (288 goals allowed) and his save percentage is .711. MacMath has seen the pitch for 20,048 minutes and has tallied 675 stops in his career.
Cody Cropper will be looking after the net for Vancouver. He has given up 1.75 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a record of 41-20-40. Cropper has racked up 30 clean sheets and has defended 436 shots tried against him in 8,984 minutes throughout his career. In his pro soccer career, Cropper has allowed 175 goals while earning 273 stops in 101 starting assignments. He is the owner of a save percentage of .626 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 29.7%.
Pablo Ruiz is a footballer who should impact this matchup for Salt Lake. He has totaled 9 assists while tallying 24 yellow card warnings during his career. The midfielder born in Argentina has accumulated 3 goals scored in 7,065 minutes played. Ruiz has started 81 matches in his pro soccer career and he scores 0.04 goals per 90 minutes.
Vancouver is being led onto the pitch by Brian White, who is known to give defenses fits. He currently averages 0.48 goals per 90 minutes and has started 88 outings during his soccer career. The forward hailing from the United States has accumulated 7,545 professional minutes while earning 40 goals. He has totaled 6 yellow card warnings in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 13 times.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Salt Lake (-150)
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