Portland Timbers vs Sporting KC MLS Game Picks 9/29/2019
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Children's Mercy Park
Krisztián Németh and Sporting KC (10-7-14, 11th in the Western Conference) host the Portland Timbers (13-5-13, 8th in the Western Conference) at Children's Mercy Park on Sunday, September 29, 2019. The probable starting goalies are Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. The line on this contest has the Portland Timbers coming in at +250 and Sporting Kansas City is at -121. The O/U is set at 3.
The Portland Timbers step onto the field holding a mark of 13 victories, 5 draws, and 13 defeats putting them at 8th in the Western Conference. Thus far in the season, they have converted a total of 43 goals which is good for 9th in the West and 16th in MLS. Their goal differential is +1, putting them at 15th in MLS. The Portland Timbers will look to get teammates more involved in this game because they currently have a total of 32 assists, which is good for 14th in MLS and 7th in the West. When looking at shots on target, they currently have a total of 162 which is good for 4th in the West and 7th in MLS. As a group, Portland has earned a total of 427 fouls which has them averaging 13.77 fouls per contest. They currently have a total of 44 points for the season and they have an average attendance of 25,218.
Diego Valeri is one of the best players for the Timbers. The midfielder from Argentina has played in 30 contests so far in 2019 and has played a total of 2,513 minutes. During that time, the 32-year-old has netted 8 goals and has had an assist on 8 goals. He has an average of 84 minutes per appearance. Valeri has started 28 contests so far in 2019 and has committed 27 fouls over the course of that period. Concerning shots on target, Valeri has a total of 31 which ranks him 12th in Major League Soccer and 2nd in the West among midfielders. Jeremy Ebobisse is another player to watch out for on the squad from Portland. The 21-year-old from the United States has racked up 9 goals this year which has him ranking 11th in the West among forwards and 28th among all players in MLS. He has played 2,106 mins and is averaging 68 minutes per game. Up to now for the season, he has totaled 18 shots on target which has him ranking 22nd in the West among forwards.
Protecting the goal for the Timbers is Steve Clark from the United States. He is 32 years old and has been on the field a total of 1,890 minutes minding the net for the 2019 season. Clark is allowing an average of 0.95 goals per 90 mins which has him sitting 1st among Western Conference goaltenders and 2nd among goaltenders in Major League Soccer. During this season, he has surrendered 20 goals. He holds a save percentage of .787 which has him sitting 1st among Western Conference goaltenders.
Sporting KC is the team on the other side of the pitch and for the season they have 10 victories, 7 draws, and 14 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently sitting 11th in the Western Conference and 21st in MLS with -11. They currently have a total of 43 goals for the season which has them at 8th in the Western Conference. Kansas City has a team save % of .652 which currently has them ranked 17th in MLS, which means there should be some chances to score. They are averaging an attendance of 18,683 ranking them 8th in the Western Conference.
One of the toughest players to defend for Sporting KC is Krisztián Németh. The 30 year-old has drilled 7 balls into the goal. He is ranked 19th among forwards in the Western Conference in assists with 2 and has totaled 17 shots on target for the year. He has totaled 1,406 minutes and holds an average of 67 minutes per appearance. Another solid player on this team is Ilie Sánchez. The midfielder from Spain has scored 2 goals for the season which places him at 28th in the West among midfielders. He also has a total of 25 fouls.
In goal for Sporting KC is Tim Melia
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Kansas City (-121)
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