Los Angeles FC vs Real Salt Lake Prediction, 9/30/2023 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles FC vs Real Salt Lake
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Location: Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-161) Salt Lake (+390)
The Claret and Cobalt (12-7-11) are on their way to Banc of California Stadium on Saturday where they will play LAFC (12-9-9). LAFC opens at -161 and RSL is at +390. The betting total comes in at 2.5. The goalkeepers who are expected to start are John McCarthy for Los Angeles and Zac MacMath for Salt Lake.
The LA Football Club are 5th in expected goals with 46.4, and the squad's xGA are sitting at 33.6. LAFC has allowed 34 goals while giving up 1.13 goals per 90 min, and their oppositition have accumulated 111 SoT against them. Their differential on goals is 10 by means of 44 goals put in the net and 34 goals relinquished. They have amassed 11 shut outs, which has them at a % of 36.7% the year. Los Angeles FC has tallied 77 saves and they hold a save % of 72.1 on the year. Los Angeles has recorded 61 yellow card warnings the season in addition to 1 red card. On the year, the team comes in with an average of 1.50 pts/match (45 pts) and they also are 15th in soccer with 28 assists.
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Real Salt Lake has recorded 42 goals and the squad's goals expected on the year sits at 39.4. The team's goals against/90 minutes is currently at 1.50 with 72 saves, and they have amassed 7 shutouts. Over the course of the season, RSL has a save % of 64.7 (116 SoT against), and rank 12th in MLS with 43 pts. Salt Lake has a rank of 17th when it comes to goals allowed having 45, and their goal differential is at -3. RSL has accumulated a shut out percentage of 23.3% on the campaign in addition to 68 yellow card warnings. The Claret and Cobalt sport an average of 1.43 points per match while amassing 34 assists and 1 red card.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Los Angeles is John McCarthy. McCarthy has seen the pitch a total of 10,720 minutes and is sitting with 370 saves in his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.58 (188 total goals allowed) and his save % is .663. The keeper from the United States has had 558 shots attempted at him in 119 career starting assignments. McCarthy (43-21-55 mark in his career) has accumulated 25 clean sheets, which has earned him a 21.0% shutout percentage.
Zac MacMath will be residing in front of the net for Salt Lake. MacMath has earned 111 shutouts and defended 1,856 shots attempted against him in 36,835 career mins. He has earned a save % of .692 and his clean sheet rate is 27.1%. He has surrendered 1.40 goals per 90 while he holds a mark of 142-100-169. So far in his career, MacMath has surrendered 573 goals while earning 1,284 saves in 409 starting assignments.
Carlos Vela is one footballer to keep an eye out for Los Angeles. Vela has been in the starting lineup in 362 outings in his pro soccer career and he has earned 0.44 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in Mexico has recorded 160 goals scored in 32,374 minutes. He has accounted for 84 assists while accumulating 52 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career.
Salt Lake features a game changer in Marcelo Silva, who is known to give defenses fits. He has 62 yellow card cautions in his career and has helped on a goal 1 times. The defenseman hailing from Uruguay has been on the field for 21,978 mins and has earned 11 goals. He currently averages 0.05 G/90 and has been given a starting assignment in 250 contests during his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-161)
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