Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Real Salt Lake Prediction, 2/25/2023 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Real Salt Lake
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Location: BC Place in Vancouver, BC
TV: Apple TV - Free
Odds/Point Spread: Vancouver (+140) Salt Lake (+192)
The Claret and Cobalt (12-11-11 last year) are traveling to BC Place on Saturday where they will try to beat the Whitecaps (12-7-15 last season). RSL is priced at +192 and the Whitecaps are at +140. The betting total comes in at 3. The expected starting goalkeepers will be Thomas Hasal for Vancouver and Zac MacMath for Salt Lake.
The Whitecaps were ranked 27th when it comes to expected goals having 38.3, and their xGA were 50.0. Vancouver relinquished 57 goals while relinquishing 1.68 G/90, and their opponents had 146 shots on target against them. This team's goal differential was -17 by means of 40 goals put in the net and also 57 goals surrendered. They earned 9 clean sheets, which had them at a percentage of 26.5% over the course of the prior season. Vancouver had a total of 87 saves and they also had a save% of 64.4 the prior year. Vancouver amassed 70 yellow cards during the previous year and also 3 red cards. The previous year, the squad finished with an average of 1.26 pts per contest (43 pts) and also were 27th in the league with 23 assists.
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The Claret and Cobalt averaged 1.38 pts/match while tallying 33 assists and 1 red card. Salt Lake accumulated a clean sheet % of 29.4% over the course of the prior season as well as 69 yellow card warnings. Salt Lake sat at 14th concerning goals against with 45, and the squad's goal difference was at -2. Last season, RSL had a save % of 73.5 (147 SoTA), and they also were 14th in MLS with 47 pts. This team's goals against/90 min was 1.32 with 99 saves, and they earned 10 clean sheets. Salt Lake compiled 43 goals and the team's goals expected during the previous year sat at 45.1.
The man protecting the net for Vancouver is Thomas Hasal. His GA/90 is 1.81 (90 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of .638. Hasal (16-7-27 mark during his soccer career) has accounted for 12 shutouts, which leaves him with a 24.0% shutout percentage. Hasal has been on the pitch a total of 4,470 mins and has earned 153 saves during his pro soccer career. The goalie hailing from Canada has seen 240 shots attempted against him in 50 starts.
Zac MacMath will reside in front of the net for Salt Lake. Thus far in his career, MacMath has given up 299 goals and has earned 695 stops in 231 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.29 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 80-70-81. He has a save % of .704 and his shutout rate sits at 29.4%. MacMath has recorded 68 shutouts and defended 987 shots against him in 20,858 career mins.
Brian White is one member of the team who should impact this matchup for Vancouver. The forward born in the United States has tallied 41 goals scored in 8,117 mins played. White has had a starting assignment in 95 contests in his pro soccer career while scoring 0.45 G/90. He has 14 assists while earning 6 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career.
Salt Lake is being led onto the pitch by Pablo Ruiz, who gives opposing coaches headaches. He has tallied 24 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 9 times. The midfielder born in Argentina has been on the field for 7,608 professional minutes while scoring 3 goals. He is averaging 0.04 goals per 90 and has been in the starting lineup in 87 outings during his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Vancouver (+140)
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