Orlando City SC vs Portland Timbers MLS Point Spread Picks 7/18/2019
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Providence Park is the venue where Brian Fernández and the Portland Timbers (7-3-8, 10th in the Western Conference) will play Orlando City (7-4-9, 8th in the Eastern Conference) on Thursday. The probable starting goalies are Brian Rowe for Orlando City and Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers. The line on this matchup has Orlando City coming in at +500 and the Timbers are at -189. The total is set at 2.5.
Orlando City SC comes into this game with a mark of 7 wins, 4 draws, and 9 defeats which is good for 8th in the Eastern Conference. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 26 goals which puts them at 8th in the conference and 16th in the league. That said, if they are going to get points on the day, they will want to make sure they are scoring goals and making the other team work. Their goal differential is +1 which is good for 12th in the league. Orlando City SC will look to get teammates more involved in this matchup because they have a total of 16 assists which puts them at 21st in the league and 10th in the conference. Regarding shots on target, they have a total of 74 which puts them at 9th in the conference and 21st in the league. As a team, Orlando currently has a total of 216 fouls which means they are averaging 10.8 fouls per contest. They have a total of 25 points for 2019 and they have an average crowd of 22,947.
Nani is one of the top players to keep an eye on for the Lions. The forward from Portugal has played in 16 contests so far this season and has played a total of 1,192 mins. During that time, the 32-year-old has scored 8 goals and has had an assist on 3 goals. So far this year he is averaging 75 mins per game. Nani has started 14 contests so far this season and has racked up 15 fouls in that time. Regarding shots on target, Nani has connected on 20 which has him ranking 13th in Major League Soccer and 3rd in the East among forwards. Tesho Akindele is another player to watch out for on the squad from Orlando. The 26-year-old from Canada has connected on 6 goals so far this year which has him ranking 8th in the East among forwards and 25th among all players in MLS. He has totaled 1,094 mins and is averaging 73 mins per appearance which has him ranking 239th in MLS. For this year, he has totaled 11 shots on target which has him ranking 15th in the East among forwards.
The man in goal for the Lions is Brian Rowe from the United States. He is 30 years old and has been on the field a total of 1,620 mins minding the net for the 2019 season. Rowe is allowing an average of 1.28 goals per 90 minutes which places him at 7th among East goaltenders and 13th among goalies in Major League Soccer. During the 2019 season, he has allowed 23 goals. He's earned a save % of .705 which places him at 4th among East goaltenders.
The Portland Timbers come into this matchup with a record of 7 wins, 3 draws, and 8 losses putting them at 10th in the Western Conference. Thus far in the season, they have converted a total of 26 goals which is 11th in the conference and 19th in the league. This means that if they are going to get away with the victory in this match, they are going to look at taking care of the ball and controlling possession. Their goal differential is -2 putting them at 18th in the league. The Portland Timbers will look to get teammates more involved in this game as they currently have a total of 19 assists which is 12th in the league and 7th in the conference. When discussing shots on target, they currently have a total of 84 which is 9th in the conference and 15th in the league. As a unit, Portland has collected a total of 254 fouls which has them averaging 14.11 fouls per game. They currently have a total of 24 points for the year and they are averaging a crowd of 25,218.
Brian Fernández is one of the players to keep an eye on for the Timbers. The forward from Argentina has appeared in 7 games in 2019 and has played 502 mins. During that time, the 24-year-old has racked up 6 goals and has assisted on 0 goals. He is currently averaging 72 minutes per appearance. Fernández has started 5 games in 2019 and has a total of 8 fouls in the process. In respect of shots on target, Fernández has earned 15 which has him ranked 32nd in Major League Soccer and 15th in the East among forwards. Diego Valeri is another player to keep an eye on for the squad from Portland. The 32-year-old from Argentina has scored 5 goals for the season which ranks him 5th in the East among midfielders and 45th among all qualified players in MLS. He has played 1,411 mins and holds an average of 83 mins per appearance which ranks him 146th in MLS. During the 2019 season, he has connected on 19 shots on target which ranks him 2nd in the East among midfielders.
The man looking after the goal for the Timbers is Steve Clark from the United States. He is 32 and has played 720 minutes minding the net for the 2019 campaign. Clark is giving up an average of 0.75 goals per 90 mins which has him sitting in 1st in the Western Conference and 2nd among goaltenders in Major League Soccer. So far this season, he's surrendered 6 goals. He holds a save % of .829 which has him sitting in 2nd in the Western Conference.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Orlando (+500)
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