Seattle Sounders FC vs Portland Timbers MLS Picks & Predictions 8/23/2019
Friday, August 23, 2019
Kelvin Leerdam and the Seattle Sounders FC (11-7-8, 5th in the Western Conference) head to Providence Park on Friday where they'll meet the Portland Timbers (11-4-10, 7th in the Western Conference). The probable starting goaltenders are Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC and Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers. The Sounders are priced at +300 while the Timbers are at -141. The over/under is set at 3.
The Seattle Sounders FC come into this matchup with a mark of 11 wins, 7 draws, and 8 defeats putting them at 5th in the Western Conference. So far this year, they have converted a total of 39 goals which ranks 5th in the West and 11th in MLS. That said, if they are going to get points on the day, they will want to step up the defense and make sure they are making their opponents work. Their goal differential is +1, putting them at 13th in MLS. The Seattle Sounders FC will need to make sure they're making the right passes out there as they have a total of 26 assists which ranks 13th in MLS and 6th in the West. in respect to shots on target, they have a total of 113 which ranks 8th in the West and 14th in MLS. As a group, Seattle has compiled a total of 275 fouls which has them averaging 10.58 fouls per contest. They have a total of 40 points for the year and they are averaging a crowd of 39,598.
Kelvin Leerdam is one of the standout players to watch for the Sounders. The defender from the Netherlands has appeared in 22 games this season and has played 1,787 minutes. Up to now, the 28-year-old has connected on 5 goals and has had an assist on 2 goals. He is averaging 81 minutes per game. Leerdam has started 20 games this season and has a total of 30 fouls over the course of that time. When it comes to shots on target, Leerdam has connected on 5 which has him ranked 155th in the league and 6th in the West among defenders. Jordan Morris is another player to watch out for on the team from Seattle. The 24-year-old from the United States has netted 7 goals for the year which places him at 13th in the Western Conference among forwards and 36th among all players in MLS. He has totaled 1,522 minutes and is averaging 80 minutes per appearance which places him at 168th in MLS. Up to now for the season, he has a total of 15 shots on target which places him at 22nd in the Western Conference among forwards.
The goalie for the Sounders is Stefan Frei from Switzerland. He is 32 years old and has been on the field a total of 2,340 minutes defending the net this season. Frei is giving up 1.50 goals per 90 minutes which has him ranked 8th among Western Conference goalies and 22nd among goaltenders in MLS. Over the course of this season, he has surrendered 39 goals. He has a save % of .672 which has him ranked 10th among Western Conference goalies.
The Portland Timbers come into the game holding a mark of 11 wins, 4 draws, and 10 defeats ranking them 7th in the Western Conference. So far this season, they have earned a total of 39 goals which has them ranked at 6th in the West and 12th in MLS. This means that if they are going to get away with the victory in this match, they will look to play mistake free soccer so they can take advantage of their opportunities. Their goal differential is +3, ranking them 10th in MLS. The Portland Timbers will need to make sure they're making the right passes out there because they have a total of 30 assists which has them ranked at 7th in MLS and 3rd in the West. Concerning shots on target, they have a total of 128 which has them ranked at 5th in the West and 10th in MLS. As a unit, Portland has earned a total of 346 fouls which means they have an average of 13.84 fouls per contest. They have a total of 37 points for the 2019 season and they have an average attendance of 25,218.
Diego Valeri is one of the players to keep an eye on for the Timbers. The midfielder from Argentina has appeared in 24 games so far this season and has played a total of 2,033 mins. Over the course of that time, the 32-year-old has a total of 6 goals and has assisted on 7 goals. He is averaging 85 mins per game. Valeri has started 23 games so far this season and has racked up 16 fouls over the course of that time. In terms of shots on target, Valeri has produced 26 which places him at 12th in MLS and 3rd in the West among midfielders. Jeremy Ebobisse is another guy to keep an eye on for the team from Portland. The 21-year-old from the United States has racked up 8 goals this year which has him ranking 11th in the West among forwards and 29th among all qualified players in pro soccer. He has totaled 1,611 mins and is averaging 64 mins per game which has him ranking 294th in pro soccer. In 2019, he has totaled 12 shots on target which has him ranking 27th in the West among forwards.
The man in net for the Timbers is Steve Clark from the United States. He is 32 years old and has racked up 1,350 mins minding the net this year. Clark is surrendering 0.93 goals per 90 mins which has him ranked 2nd among West goalies and 3rd in Major League Soccer among goalies. Over the course of this year, he's surrendered 14 goals. He's earned a save % of .785 which has him ranked 1st among West goalies.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Seattle (+300)
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