Los Angeles FC vs Portland Timbers Prediction, 9/13/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles FC vs Portland Timbers
Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Location: Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-137) Portland (+353)
Felipe Mora and Los Angeles FC (3-3-4, 8th in the Western Conference) host the Portland Timbers (4-2-3, 5th in the Western Conference) at Banc of California Stadium on Sunday. The men protecting the net are Kenneth Vermeer for Los Angeles FC and Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers. The Timbers are priced at +353 while LAFC is at -137. The over/under is set at 3.25.
LAFC have earned 21 goals this year, which has them 2nd in MLS. They have attempted 174 shots at the opposition with 72 on target, which means they have a 41.4% SOT percentage. Los Angeles has controlled possession for 59.5% of games while successfully dribbling 60.5% of the time (9th in Major League Soccer). They have been on the receiving end of 4,007 passes from teammates on 4,812 targets on the campaign, which gives them a receiving percentage of 83.3%.
Latif Blessing is a guy who should be able to impact this match for LAFC. He has accounted for 12 assists while accumulating 12 yellow cards during his pro soccer career. Blessing has had a starting assignment in 73 games thus far in his career and he scores 0.20 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder from Ghana has totaled 15 goals scored (145th among active players) in 6,863 professional minutes played. One more player who could decide who wins is Diego Rossi, the forward who was born in Uruguay. He has helped on a goal 13 times thus far in his career while scoring 49 goals. Rossi has earned 9,056 mins during 101 career starting assignments and has been given 6 yellow card warnings. He is currently averaging 0.49 goals per 90 in his career (24th among active players).
The guy who will defend the goal for Los Angeles will be Kenneth Vermeer. Vermeer has played for a total of 20,864 mins and has accumulated 597 saves during his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.26 (291 total goals allowed) and he holds a save percentage of .689. The keeper from the Netherlands has had 866 shots attempted at him in 233 career starting assignments. Vermeer (128-51-51 mark during his soccer career) has totaled 73 shutouts, which leaves him with a 31.3% clean sheet rate.
Portland has tallied 3,922 targets this year (20th in MLS) to go along with 3,363 completed passes. They have a receiving percentage of 85.7% while controlling possession of the ball 46.8% of the time. The Timbers have been able to dribble successfully 61% of the time on the season while scoring 16 goals. They have completed 38% of their SOT on 100 total shots.
Felipe Mora should be able to be counted on for Portland. He is averaging 0.48 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 55 outings thus far in his career. The forward from Chile has totaled 11,122 mins while scoring 59 goals (27th among active MLS players). He has collected 14 yellow card warnings in his MLS career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 5 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Sebastian Blanco, the forward who is from Argentina. Blanco has been handed 47 yellow cards in 16,149 mins played (181 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.25 (102nd among active MLS players). He has earned 45 goals so far in his MLS career while helping a teammate on a goal 42 different times.
Steve Clark will be looking after the net for the Timbers. In his career, Clark has surrendered 329 goals while he has accounted for 774 stops in 221 starts. He has surrendered 1.49 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a mark of 75-64-81. He sports a save % of .703 and his clean sheet rate is currently 22.6%. Clark has totaled 50 shutouts while defending 1,101 shots tried against him in 19,881 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-137)
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