Sporting KC vs Columbus Crew Prediction, 4/23/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Columbus Crew
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-116) Columbus (+280)
Children's Mercy Park is the venue where Derrick Etienne and the Columbus Crew (2-2-3, 9th in Eastern Conference) will play Sporting KC (2-0-6, 12th in Western Conference) on Saturday. The goalies protecting the net are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew. The Crew are priced at +280 while Sporting Kansas City is at -116. The over/under has been set at 2.5.
Kansas City faced off with Los Angeles in their most recent match and ended up losing by a score of 3-1. Sporting KC attempted 15 dribbles in this outing and completed 8 of the attempts for a percentage of 53.3%. In regard to passing, they finished this match with a 85.2% received passes percentage by completing 409 out of their 480 pass targets in their last match.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Kansas City ended this match at a 20.0% rate by putting 2 shots on target of 10 total shots. Kansas City is averaging 0.62 goals per 90 minutes (5 goals in total) and are sitting with 2 assists in all competitions for the season.
Johnny Russell is a player who can be a difference maker for Sporting KC. Russell has been a starter in 327 contests so far in his career and he scores 0.33 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Scotland has racked up 106 goals scored in 28,964 professional minutes. He has accounted for 56 assists while tallying 29 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career.
Someone else who should impact this match is Daniel Salloi, the forward representing Hungary. He has helped a teammate on a goal 23 times thus far in his career and he has scored 40 total goals. Salloi has totaled 10,603 mins in 115 starts and has been given a total of 12 yellow cards. He currently averages 0.34 goals per 90 mins so far in his career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Sporting KC is Tim Melia. Melia (94-54-79 mark in his professional soccer career) has tallied 68 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 30.1% clean sheet rate. The goalie hailing from the United States has had 950 shots tried at him in 226 starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.27 (286 total goals surrendered) and he is the owner of a save percentage of 71.4. Melia has seen the pitch for 20,303 minutes and has tallied 673 saves in his career.
For their last match, Columbus took a loss by a score of 2-0 against Orlando. They finished this game by completing 501 of the 559 passing attempts earning a percentage of 89.6%. The Crew finished with a 51.9% successful dribble percentage by converting 14 out of the 27 dribbles they tried. Columbus landed 3 shots on target out of their 16 shots tried giving them a 18.8% rate in their last match. With a total of 10 goals and 6 assists in all their contests, Columbus is averaging 1.43 goals and 0.86 assists per 90.
Derrick Etienne should provide a lift for Columbus Crew. The forward from the United States has been on the field for 9,622 minutes and he has scored 23 goals. He has accounted for 13 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 21 times. He is averaging 0.22 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 106 outings during his career. You should also keep an eye on Lucas Zelarayan, the midfielder hailing from Argentina. He has scored 50 goals thus far in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 28 times. Zelarayan has been handed 9 yellow card warnings in 13,448 professional minutes (150 starts). His goals per 90 min average thus far in his career is 0.33.
Eloy Room will look after the goal for Columbus Crew. In his career, Room has allowed 314 goals while earning 765 stops in 229 starts. He has given up 1.36 goals per 90 mins while earning a record of 90-60-81. He has earned a save percentage of 72.2 and his clean sheet rate sits at 22.3%. Room has racked up 51 shutouts and has seen 1,070 shots against him in 20,811 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Columbus (+280)
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