Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Houston Dynamo Prediction, 5/31/2023 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Houston Dynamo
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Location: BC Place in Vancouver, BC
TV: Apple TV - MLS Season Pass
Odds/Point Spread: Vancouver (-134) Houston (+350)
BC Place is the site where the Dynamo (5-3-5) will compete against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-5-5) on Wednesday. The Dynamo are priced at +350 and the Whitecaps are at -134. The over/under is set at 2.5. The goaltenders protecting the net will be Yohei Takaoka for Vancouver and Steve Clark for Houston.
The Whitecaps rank 2nd in expected goals with 22.8, and the expected goals against are at 15.9. The Whitecaps have given up 17 goals while relinquishing 1.21 goals per 90, and opposing clubs have accounted for 53 shots on target on them. This team's differential on goals is 2 with the help of 19 goals scored as well as 17 goals conceded. They have earned 5 shut outs, which puts them at a rate of 35.7% over the course of the season. Vancouver Whitecaps FC has tallied 36 SVs and they have a SV% of 67.9 on the campaign. Vancouver has recorded 28 yellow cards on the campaign. This season, the squad is averaging 1.21 points per match (17 points) and are ranked 21st in soccer with 11 assists.
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So far this year, Houston has a save % of 80.8 (52 shots on target against), and also are 17th in the league with 18 pts. The Dynamo average 1.38 points per match while sitting with 7 assists and 3 red cards. The Houston Dynamo have tallied 13 goals and the team's xG on the year is sitting at 13.6. Houston has tallied a shut out rate of 38.5% this year and also 28 yellow cards. The club's goals against per 90 minutes is 0.92 in addition to 40 saves, and they have compiled 5 clean sheets. Houston has a rank of 13th in goals relinquished having 12, and the squad's goal differential is sitting at 1.
The man who will defend the goal for Vancouver is Yohei Takaoka. Takaoka (21-15-18 mark during his career) has recorded 13 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 24.1% shutout percentage. The keeper hailing from Japan has faced 158 shots tried at him in 54 career starting assignments. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.41 (76 goals given up) and he is the owner of a save percentage of .703. Takaoka has seen the field a total of 4,860 minutes and has tallied 111 saves in his pro soccer career.
Steve Clark will be looking after the net for Houston. Clark has 15 clean sheets while defending 270 shots against him in 5,258 minutes throughout his career. He has a save % of .678 and his clean sheet rate is 25.9%. He has allowed 1.54 goals per 90 mins while holding a mark of 19-14-25. During his professional soccer career, Clark has allowed 90 goals and has accounted for 183 saves in 58 starting assignments.
Brian White is a man who can be a force for Vancouver. The forward born in the United States has totaled 46 goals in 9,039 professional minutes played. White has started 106 matchups during his soccer career and scores 0.46 goals per 90 mins. He has totaled 14 assists while earning 9 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career.
Houston is being led onto the pitch by Adalberto Carrasquilla, who can cause havoc on the pitch. He has accounted for 22 yellow card cautions so far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 4 times. The midfielder hailing from Panama has totaled 5,830 professional minutes while scoring 5 goals. He currently averages 0.08 goals per 90 mins and has started 66 contests so far in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (+350)
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