Sporting KC vs Real Salt Lake Prediction, 3/26/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Real Salt Lake
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-133) Salt Lake (+320)
Johnny Russell and Sporting KC (1-0-3, 12th in Western Conference) host Real Salt Lake (3-1-0, 2nd in Western Conference) at Children's Mercy Park on Saturday. The goalies protecting the net are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Zac MacMath for Real Salt Lake. RSL is priced at +320 while Sporting Kansas City is at -133. The total is set at 2.5.
Kansas City stepped onto the pitch against Chicago in their most recent match and took a loss by a final of 3-1. Sporting KC attempted 10 dribbles in this match and were able to convert 5 of the tries for a percentage of 50.0%. In sharing the ball, they ended the game with a 84.5% passes received rate by connecting on 327 out of their 387 pass attempts last game.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Kansas City wrapped this game up at a 28.6% rate by landing 2 shots on target out of 7 shots. Kansas City sports an average of 0.75 goals per 90 min (3 goals in total) and have earned 1 assists in all matches this year.
Johnny Russell is a player who should be able to impact this game for Sporting KC. Russell has been a starter in 323 matches during his career and he scores 0.33 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Scotland has totaled 105 goals in 28,624 mins. He has totaled 56 assists while accumulating 28 yellow cards during his soccer career.
Another player who could decide the outcome is Daniel Salloi, the forward who represents Hungary. Salloi has accumulated 10,243 minutes in 111 career starting assignments and has been handed a total of 12 yellow cards. He has helped on a goal 23 times during his pro soccer career and he has scored 40 total goals. He averages 0.35 goals per 90 minutes during his soccer career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Sporting KC will be Tim Melia. Melia has been on the pitch for 19,943 minutes and has 666 saves during his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.26 (280 goals given up) and he has earned a save % of 71.6. The goalie hailing from the United States has faced 937 shots tried at him in 222 starting assignments. Melia (93-54-76 mark during his soccer career) has totaled 67 shutouts, which leaves him with a 30.2% shutout rate.
When they last took the field, Salt Lake took home the win by a final score of 2-1 against Nashville. They wrapped up this match by completing 304 of the 385 pass attempts for a rate of 79.0%. RSL ended the game with a 29.2% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 7 out of the 24 dribbles they tried. Salt Lake landed 2 shots on target out of their 10 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 20.0% rate in their last outing. Having accumulated 6 goals and 5 assists in all competitions, Salt Lake sports an average of 1.50 goals and 1.25 assists per 90 min.
Justin Meram will need to provide a lift for Real Salt Lake. He scores 0.24 G/90 and has been in the starting lineup in 205 matches thus far in his career. The forward hailing from the United States has totaled 17,665 mins and has scored 48 goals. He has accounted for 29 yellow cards during his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 37 times. Make sure to watch out for Bobby Wood, the forward representing the United States. Wood has been handed 16 yellow cards in 11,233 mins played (123 career starting assignments). His G/90 average during his soccer career is 0.30. He has 38 goals so far in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 15 times.
Zac MacMath is expected to look after the net for Real Salt Lake. MacMath has racked up 44 clean sheets while he has seen 668 shots against him in 14,378 career mins. He has a save percentage of 70.2 and his clean sheet rate sits at 27.7%. He has given up 1.28 goals per 90 and he has a mark of 53-48-58. In his career, MacMath has allowed 205 goals while earning 469 saves in 159 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Salt Lake (+320)
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