Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Prediction, 9/23/2023 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Location: America First Field in Sandy, UT
TV: Apple TV
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (+100) Vancouver (+270)
The Claret and Cobalt (11-7-11) host the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (11-8-9) at America First Field on Saturday. The Whitecaps are priced at +270 and RSL is at +100. The over/under has been set at 2.5. The expected starting goaltenders are Zac MacMath for Salt Lake and Yohei Takaoka for Vancouver.
Real Salt Lake has amassed 71 saves and hold a save % of 64.9 over the course of the season. The team's difference in goals is -4 by means of 40 goals notched and also 44 goals given up. On the campaign, the squad has put together an average of 1.38 pts per contest (40 pts) and they also have a ranking of 4th in MLS with 33 assists. The Claret and Cobalt are 12th when it comes to xG having 38.7, and their expected goals against are sitting at 41.1. Salt Lake has tallied 65 yellow cards this year in addition to 1 red card. RSL has surrendered 44 goals while allowing 1.52 goals per 90 minutes, and the other team have earned 114 shots on target on them. They have earned 7 shut outs, which gives them a rate of 24.1% the year.
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The Whitecaps sport an average of 1.46 pts/match while recording 26 assists and 1 red card. The Whitecaps have earned a shut out percentage of 21.4% the season and 58 yellow cards. Vancouver has a rank of 12th concerning goals conceded having 41, and the difference in goals sits at 5. On the year, the Whitecaps have a save rate of 63.7 (113 shots on target against), and they also have a ranking of 12th in the league with 41 pts. This team's goals against per 90 minutes is at 1.46 with 72 saves, and they have accumulated 6 clean sheets. Vancouver Whitecaps FC has accounted for 46 goals and the team's xG this year is at 47.1.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Salt Lake is Zac MacMath. MacMath (141-100-169 record during his soccer career) has totaled 111 clean sheets, which gives him a 27.2% clean sheet percentage. The goalie from the United States has had 1,854 shots attempted against him in 408 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.40 (572 total goals allowed) and he has earned a save % of .692. MacMath has defended the goal for 36,745 minutes and has tallied 1,283 stops so far in his career.
Yohei Takaoka will be looking after the net for Vancouver. So far in his career, Takaoka has allowed 100 goals while tallying 146 saves in 68 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.47 goals per 90 mins while holding a mark of 28-18-22. He has a save percentage of .673 and his clean sheet rate is currently 20.6%. Takaoka has accumulated 14 clean sheets while he has seen 217 shots attempted against him in 6,120 career mins.
Marcelo Silva is one footballer you are going to want to keep your eye on for Salt Lake. The defenseman representing Uruguay has 11 goals in 21,978 professional minutes. Silva has been in the starting lineup in 250 contests during his pro soccer career and he tallies 0.05 G/90. He has accounted for 1 assists while tallying 62 yellow card warnings thus far in his career.
Vancouver features a difference maker in Sergio Cordova, who pesters opposing defenses. He has tallied 10 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 4 times. The forward representing Venezuela has totaled 6,590 minutes while scoring 21 goals. He is averaging 0.29 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 65 matches during his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Vancouver (+270)
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