Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers MLS Parlay 8/31/2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Albert Rusnák and Real Salt Lake (13-4-10, 2nd in the Western Conference) head to Providence Park on Saturday where they'll take on the Portland Timbers (11-4-11, 8th in the Western Conference). The expected starting goalies are Nick Rimando for Real Salt Lake and Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers. The line on this contest has Real Salt Lake priced at +325 and the Timbers are at -143. The over/under has been set at 3.
Real Salt Lake comes into this match holding a mark of 13 victories, 4 draws, and 10 losses ranking them 2nd in the Western Conference. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 40 goals which is good for 7th in the West and 14th in MLS. That said, if they are going to get points on the day, they will want to put some goals in the back of the net. Their goal differential is +6, ranking them 7th in MLS. Real Salt Lake will look to get teammates more involved in this matchup because they currently have a total of 27 assists which is good for 16th in MLS and 9th in the West. In terms of shots on target, they currently have a total of 126 which is good for 6th in the West and 12th in MLS. As a unit, Salt Lake has a total of 318 fouls which has them averaging 11.78 fouls per contest. They currently have a total of 43 points for this year and they are averaging a crowd of 17,993.
Albert Rusnák is one of the top players for RSL. The midfielder from Slovakia has participated in 24 games this year and has played 2,013 minutes. In that time, the 24-year-old has a total of 9 goals and has had an assist on 3 goals. So far this year he is averaging 84 minutes per appearance. Rusnák has started 23 games this year and has a total of 11 fouls during that period. In terms of shots on target, Rusnák has earned 25 which has him ranked 19th in pro soccer and 4th in the West among midfielders. Jefferson Savarino is another player to keep an eye on for the team from Salt Lake. The 22-year-old from Venezuala has netted 7 goals for the season which puts him at 13th in the West among forwards and 36th among all players in professional soccer. He has played a total of 1,882 mins and averages 86 minutes per appearance which puts him at 89th in professional soccer. During the 2019 season, he has a total of 29 shots on target which puts him at 6th in the West among forwards.
In net for RSL is Nick Rimando from the United States. He is 39 years old and has played a total of 2,070 minutes protecting the goal for the year. Rimando is allowing an average of 1.26 goals per 90 minutes which ranks him 4th among West goaltenders and 8th among goaltenders in MLS. Over the course of the 2019 season, he has allowed 29 goals. He has a save percentage of .670 which ranks him 10th among West goaltenders.
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The Portland Timbers come into the game holding a record of 11 victories, 4 draws, and 11 defeats ranking them 8th in the Western Conference. So far this year, they have earned a total of 40 goals which puts them at 8th in the Western Conference and 15th in the league. This means that if they are going to get away with the victory in this match, they are going to need to play really tough. Their goal differential is +2, ranking them 11th in the league. The Portland Timbers will look to get teammates more involved in this game because they currently have a total of 30 assists which puts them at 8th in the league and 3rd in the Western Conference. With reference to shots on target, they currently have a total of 134 which puts them at 5th in the Western Conference and 10th in the league. As a group, Portland currently has a total of 359 fouls which means they have an average of 13.81 fouls per game. They currently have a total of 37 points for this year and they are averaging an attendance of 25,218.
Diego Valeri is one of the standout players to watch for the Timbers. The midfielder from Argentina has appeared in 25 games this season and has played a total of 2,123 minutes. Up to now, the 32-year-old has a total of 7 goals and has assisted on 7 goals. He has an average of 85 mins per appearance. Valeri has started 24 games this season and has a total of 17 fouls over the course of that time. As to shots on target, Valeri has totaled 28 which puts him at 11th in professional soccer and 2nd in the West among midfielders. Jeremy Ebobisse is another scorer to watch out for on the team from Portland. The 21-year-old from the United States has tallied 8 goals in 2019 which has him ranking 11th in the West among forwards and 30th among all qualified players in professional soccer. He has played a total of 1,656 minutes and is averaging 64 mins per appearance which has him ranking 294th in professional soccer. So far this year, he has 13 shots on target which has him ranking 26th in the West among forwards.
In 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 1,440 minutes defending the goal for the year. Clark is conceding an average of 1.00 goal per 90 minutes which has him sitting 2nd in the West and 4th in MLS among goaltenders. During the 2019 season, he's surrendered 16 goals. He has a save % of .768 which has him sitting 1st in the West.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Salt Lake (+325)
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