Sporting KC vs Nashville SC Prediction, 4/9/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Nashville SC
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-120) Nashville (+333)
Johnny Russell and Sporting KC (2-0-4, 11th in Western Conference) host Nashville SC (2-1-2, 10th in Western Conference) at Children's Mercy Park on Saturday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Joe Willis for Nashville SC. Sporting Kansas City is priced at -120 while Nashville SC are at +333. The total is set at 2.5.
Kansas City faced off with Vancouver in their most recent game and took a loss by a final of 1-0. Sporting KC tried 11 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 7 of those attempts for a rate of 63.6%. In regard to passing, they ended with a 89.4% received passes percentage by connecting on 456 of the 510 passing targets in their last outing.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Kansas City wrapped this game up at a 36.4% rate by landing 4 shots on target of 11 total shots. Kansas City sports an average of 0.67 goals per 90 (4 total goals) and have accounted for 1 assists in all matches this year.
Johnny Russell is a player who should impact this matchup for Sporting KC. He has 56 assists while tallying 28 yellow cards so far in his career. Russell has started 325 matchups during his pro soccer career and he has earned 0.33 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Scotland has tallied 106 goals in 28,784 mins.
One more player who should impact this match is Daniel Salloi, the forward hailing from Hungary. Salloi has been on the field for 10,423 mins in 113 career starts and has been handed 12 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 23 times during his career and he has scored 40 total goals. He currently averages 0.35 goals per 90 minutes during his pro soccer career.
The man defending the goal for Sporting KC is Tim Melia. Melia (94-54-77 mark during his soccer career) has accounted for 68 shutouts, which gives him a 30.4% shutout percentage. The keeper from the United States has faced 942 shots attempted against him in 224 starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.26 (281 total goals allowed) and his save % is 71.7. Melia has seen the pitch for a total of 20,123 mins and has 670 stops in his career.
When they last played, Nashville went home victorious with a score of 1-0 against Columbus. Nashville SC earned a 23.1% successful dribble rate by connecting on 3 of the 13 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this contest by converting 261 out of their 302 passes they tried earning a percentage of 86.4%. Nashville connected on 3 shots on target out of the team's 6 shots attempted which had them at a 50.0% clip in their last match. Having earned a total of 4 goals and 4 assists in all their contests, Nashville has an average of 0.80 goals and 0.80 assists per 90 min.
Hany Mukhtar will be someone to watch for Nashville SC. The forward from Germany has been on the field for 13,576 minutes while scoring 45 goals. He has 24 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 40 times. He scores 0.30 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 151 matches during his soccer career. Be sure to keep an eye out for C.J. Sapong, the forward born in the United States. Sapong has been handed 21 yellow card cautions in 22,168 minutes played (245 starts). His G/90 average in his career is 0.35. He has earned 85 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 25 different times.
Joe Willis will be looking after the goal for Nashville SC. So far in his career, Willis has allowed 259 goals and has accumulated 579 saves in 190 starting assignments. He has given up 1.35 goals per 90 and he has a mark of 66-60-66. He holds a save percentage of 71.1 and his shutout rate is currently at 25.8%. Willis has tallied 49 shutouts while defending 818 shots against him in 17,289 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Nashville (+333)
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