Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders FC MLS Betting Tips 7/21/2019
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Kelvin Leerdam and the Seattle Sounders FC (10-5-5, 3rd in the Western Conference) host the Portland Timbers (7-4-8, 9th in the Western Conference) at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, July 21, 2019. The expected starting goalkeepers are Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC. The odds on this contest have the Portland Timbers coming in at +270 and the Sounders are at -125. The total has been set at 3.
The Portland Timbers come into the game with a mark of 7 victories, 4 draws, and 8 defeats putting them at 9th in the Western Conference. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 27 goals which is 9th in the conference and 18th in MLS. That said, if they are going to get the win in this match, they will look to play mistake free soccer so they can take advantage of their opportunities. Their goal differential is -2 putting them at 17th in MLS. The Portland Timbers will want to make it a priority to get the ball to teammates as they have compiled a total of 20 assists which is 15th in MLS and 7th in the conference. With regard to shots on target, they have compiled a total of 88 which is 8th in the conference and 15th in MLS. As a group, Portland has earned a total of 268 fouls which has them averaging 14.11 fouls per game. They have compiled a total of 25 points for this season and they have an average attendance of 25,218.
Diego Valeri is one of the top players to keep an eye on for the Timbers. The midfielder from Argentina has performed in 18 contests in 2019 and has played 1,501 mins. Over the course of that time, the 32-year-old has scored 5 goals and has had an assist on 6 goals. He currently holds an average of 83 minutes per game. Valeri has started 17 contests in 2019 and has racked up 13 fouls during that period. In terms of shots on target, Valeri has totaled 19 which places him at 18th in Major League Soccer and 2nd in the Eastern Conference among midfielders. Jeremy Ebobisse is another scorer to watch out for on the squad from Portland. The 21-year-old from the United States has connected on 6 goals in 2019 which places him at 12th in the Eastern Conference among forwards and 29th among all qualified players in MLS. He has totaled 1,231 minutes and has an average of 65 minutes per appearance which places him at 297th in MLS. For the 2019 season, he has a total of 8 shots on target which places him at 28th in the Eastern Conference among forwards.
The man protecting the net for the Timbers is Steve Clark from the United States. He is 32 years old and has racked up 810 minutes defending the net this season. Clark is conceding an average of 0.78 goals per 90 minutes which has him ranked 1st among West goaltenders and 2nd in Major League Soccer among goalies. Over the course of the 2019 campaign, he has allowed 7 goals. He has a save % of .806 which has him ranked 2nd among West goaltenders.
The Seattle Sounders FC head into this matchup with a record of 10 victories, 5 draws, and 5 defeats which puts them at 3rd in the Western Conference. So far this season, they have earned a total of 31 goals which has them ranked at 4th in the conference and 11th in MLS. This means that if they are going to get away with the victory in this matchup, they will want to make sure they are scoring goals and making the other team work. Their goal differential is +5 which puts them at 8th in MLS. The Seattle Sounders FC will look to make sure they are sharing the ball because they have a total of 20 assists which has them ranked at 13th in MLS and 5th in the conference. Concerning shots on target, they have a total of 86 which has them ranked at 9th in the conference and 16th in MLS. As a group, Seattle has earned a total of 210 fouls which means they have an average of 10.5 fouls per contest. They have a total of 35 points for this year and they are averaging a crowd of 38,816.
Kelvin Leerdam is one of the top players for the Sounders. The defender from the Netherlands has participated in 19 contests so far in 2019 and has totaled 1,549 mins. In that time, the 28-year-old has scored 5 goals and has had an assist on 2 goals. He is currently averaging 82 mins per appearance. Leerdam has been a starter in 17 contests so far in 2019 and has totaled 25 fouls over the course of that period. When it comes to shots on target, Leerdam has earned 5 which places him at 132nd in Major League Soccer and 5th in the East among defenders. Raúl Ruidiaz is another guy to keep an eye on for the squad from Seattle. The 28-year-old from Peru has scored 7 goals so far this year which ranks him 10th in the East among forwards and 20th among all players in Major League Soccer. He has totaled 806 minutes and is averaging 73 mins per game which ranks him 238th in Major League Soccer. So far this season, he has earned 14 shots on target which ranks him 17th in the East among forwards.
The goalie for the Sounders is Stefan Frei from Switzerland. He is 32 years old and has played 1,800 minutes defending the net for the 2019 campaign. Frei is giving up an average of 1.30 goals per 90 mins which places him at 7th in the Western Conference and 14th among goaltenders in MLS. During this season, he has surrendered 26 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .708 which places him at 7th in the Western Conference.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Portland (+270) and over 2.5 total goals
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