Seattle Sounders FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Prediction, 10/7/2023 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Seattle Sounders FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Location: Lumen Field in Seattle, WA
TV: Apple TV
Odds/Point Spread: Seattle (-172) Vancouver (+430)
Banc of California Stadium is the location where the Loons (9-11-11) will go up against Los Angeles FC (12-9-10) on Saturday. LAFC opens at -172 and the Loons are at +430. The total is 2.5. The goalies expected to start will be Stefan Frei for Seattle and Yohei Takaoka for Vancouver.
Los Angeles FC has recorded 80 SVs and they also are the owners of a SV percentage of 72.2 this season. Their differential on goals is 9 by 44 goals scored and also 35 goals allowed. This season, the club comes in with an average of 1.45 pts/match (45 points) and are 17th in MLS with 28 assists. The LA Football Club are ranked 5th when it comes to xG having 47.8, and their xGA sit at 34.1. Los Angeles has tallied 66 yellow cards this year and 1 red card. LAFC has surrendered 35 goals while allowing 1.13 goals per 90, and opponents have accounted for 115 SoT against them. They have accounted for 11 clean sheets, which has them at a percentage of 35.5% on the year.
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The United are averaging 1.23 pts per match while accumulating 18 assists and 1 red card. The United have a clean sheet rate of 25.8% over the course of the season as well as 53 yellow cards. Minnesota sits at 14th in the matter of goals against with 41, and their goal differential is -2. This season, the United have the club's save percentage of 69.2 (130 SoTA), and they also are ranked 17th in the league with 38 points. This team's goals against per 90 minutes is currently at 1.32 with 89 saves, and they have earned 8 shutouts. Minnesota United FC has totaled 39 goals and their xG this year is sitting at 48.6.
The man who will defend the goal for Los Angeles is Maxime Crepeau. Crepeau (57-33-67 mark during his soccer career) has accumulated 41 shutouts, which has earned him a 25.9% clean sheet rate. The keeper hailing from Canada has had 714 shots tried at him in 158 career starting assignments. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.36 (215 goals allowed) and he has earned a save percentage of .711. Crepeau has been on the field for 14,187 minutes and has 508 stops in his career.
Dayne St. Clair will be looking after the net for Minnesota. St. Clair has racked up 22 shutouts and has seen 358 shots attempted against him in 7,245 career minutes. He sports a save percentage of .707 and his shutout rate is currently at 27.2%. He has conceded 1.32 goals per 90 minutes while earning a mark of 31-20-30. So far in his pro soccer career, St. Clair has allowed 106 goals and has totaled 253 saves in 81 starting assignments.
Carlos Vela is one guy who should impact this matchup for Los Angeles. The forward born in Mexico has recorded 160 goals in 32,464 professional minutes. Vela has had a starting assignment in 363 matchups so far in his career while he scores 0.44 goals per 90 mins. He has accounted for 84 assists while tallying 52 yellow card cautions so far in his career.
Minnesota features a difference maker in Franco Fragapane, who is a thorn in the side of defenses. He sports an average of 0.20 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 138 games in his pro soccer career. The forward from Argentina has been on the pitch for 11,789 minutes while scoring 26 goals. He has 21 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted on a goal 23 times.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Vancouver (+430)
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