Game: Sporting KC vs Minnesota United FC
Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Location: Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (+107) Minnesota (+248)
Children’s Mercy Park is the site where Osvaldo Alonso and Minnesota United (5-2-3, 2nd in the Western Conference) will take on Sporting KC (5-2-3, 3rd in the Western Conference) on Sunday. The goalies who are expected to start are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Greg Ranjitsingh for Minnesota United. The Loons are priced at +248 while Sporting Kansas City is at +107. The total opens at 3.
Sporting KC have tallied 19 goals this season, which has them 4th in the league. They have tried 138 shots at their opponents goal with 42 being on target, which calculates to a 30.4% SOT percentage. Kansas City has been able to maintain possession for 49.5% of games while successfully dribbling 59.3% of the time (13th in Major League Soccer). They have received 3,885 passes from teammates on 4,421 attempts on the season, which gives them a receiving percentage of 87.9%.
Khiry Shelton is a guy who should impact this matchup for Sporting KC. Shelton has been given a starting assignment in 49 matches thus far in his career and he accounts for 0.22 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who is from the United States has earned 12 goals (171st among active players) in 4,895 professional minutes played. He has 12 assists while accumulating 3 yellow card warnings during his career. One more guy who could decide who wins is Johnny Russell, the midfielder who is from Scotland. He has assisted on a goal 47 times so far in his pro soccer career while he has scored 86 total goals. Russell has been on the pitch for 25,204 minutes in 284 starts and has been handed a total of 24 yellow card warnings. He is currently averaging 0.31 G/90 so far in his career (81st among active players).
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Kansas City is Tim Melia. Melia (71-47-62 record in his career) has earned 54 clean sheets, which gives him a 30.2% shutout rate. The goalkeeper from the United States has faced 780 shots attempted against him in 179 starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.28 (229 total goals allowed) and he has a save % of .719. Melia has seen the pitch for a total of 16,073 minutes and is sitting with 561 saves so far in his pro soccer career.
Minnesota has tallied 4,367 pass targets so far this season (10th in MLS) with 3,774 successful received passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 86.4% while they control possession of the ball 48.3% of the time. The Loons have successfully dribbled 60% of the time so far this season while scoring 19 goals. They have been able to connect on 37.1% of their shots on target on 132 total shots.
Osvaldo Alonso should provide solid play for Minnesota. The midfielder who is from Cuba has accumulated 28,302 minutes and he has scored 16 goals (133rd among active players). He has accumulated 68 yellow cards during his MLS career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 15 times. He currently averages 0.05 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 228 matches in his pro soccer career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Jan Gregus, the midfielder who was born in Slovakia. Gregus has earned himself 36 yellow card warnings in 15,878 minutes (174 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.09 (200th among active MLS players). He has accumulated 16 goals during his MLS career while helping a teammate on a goal 25 times.
Greg Ranjitsingh will be looking after the net for the Loons. Ranjitsingh has racked up 32 clean sheets while he has defended 268 shots attempted against him in 7,246 mins throughout his career. He has a save percentage of .701 and his clean sheet rate sits at 39.0%. He has allowed 1.09 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a record of 39-24-18. In his MLS career, Ranjitsingh has conceded 88 goals while he has totaled 188 saves in 82 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight’s MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink’s Pick: Take Kansas City (+107)
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