Philadelphia Union vs Portland Timbers Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/5/2020
Game: Philadelphia Union vs Portland Timbers
Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Location: ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (+175) Portland (+140)
ESPN Sports Complex is the site where Felipe Mora and the Portland Timbers (5-2-1, 2nd in the Western Conference) will play the Philadelphia Union (4-3-1, 3rd in the Eastern Conference) on Wednesday. The starting goalkeepers will be Andre Blake for the Philadelphia Union and Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers. The Zolos are priced at +175 while the Timbers are at +140. The O/U is set at 3.
The Zolos as a team have 7 goals for the campaign, which is 10th in MLS. They have tried 53 shots at the opposition with 19 on target, which means they have a 35.8% shots on target percentage. Philadelphia has controlled possession for 43.8% of the match while they dribble successfully 62.9% of the time (9th in the league). They have received 1,474 passes on 1,816 tries for the season, which makes their receiving percentage 81.2%.
Alejandro Bedoya is a player who can be a difference maker for the Zolos. Bedoya has had a starting assignment in 249 games in his MLS career and he accounts for 0.15 G/90. The midfielder from the United States has 37 goals scored (56th among active MLS players) in 22,731 professional minutes. He has accounted for 32 assists while accumulating 58 yellow card cautions so far in his MLS career. Another guy who should impact this match is Kacper Przybylko, the forward from Poland. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 12 times in his career while scoring 39 goals. Przybylko has earned 9,166 minutes during 97 career starts and has been given 9 yellow card cautions. He is averaging 0.38 goals per 90 mins in his MLS career (51st among active MLS players).
The guy defending the goal for Philadelphia will be Andre Blake. Blake has defended the goal for a total of 11,574 mins and has earned 419 saves during his career. His GA/90 is 1.50 (193 total goals allowed) and his save % is .699. The goalkeeper from Jamaica has had 599 shots tried at him in 129 career starting assignments. Blake (48-29-52 record during his soccer career) has recorded 32 shutouts, which gives him a 24.8% shutout rate.
The Timbers have successfully dribbled 60.9% of the time so far this season while totaling 8 goals. They hold a receiving percentage of 86.4% and they have controlled possession of the ball 48.6% of the time. Portland has tallied 2,277 targets on the season (11th in MLS) to go along with 1,968 completed passes. They have completed 42.6% of their SOT on 47 shots.
Felipe Mora will need to be on top of his game for Portland. He scores 0.46 G/90 and has been a starter in 51 games so far in his career. The forward who is from Chile has totaled 10,969 professional minutes and he has scored 56 goals (29th among active players). He has accounted for 14 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career and has helped 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 given a total of 47 yellow card warnings in 15,935 mins played (178 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.25 (103rd among active MLS players). He has scored 44 goals so far in his MLS career while helping on a goal 41 times.
Steve Clark will be looking after the net for the Timbers. Thus far in his career, Clark has conceded 321 goals while totaling 766 stops in 218 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.47 goals per 90 while he holds a record of 74-63-80. He sports a save percentage of .706 and his shutout rate sits at 22.9%. Clark has totaled 50 shutouts while he has seen 1,085 shots against him in 19,611 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Philadelphia (+175)
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