Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy Prediction, 9/2/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy
Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+130) LA (+180)
Sebastian Blanco and the LA Galaxy (2-2-3, 9th in the Western Conference) travel to Providence Park on Wednesday where they'll meet the Portland Timbers (3-2-2, 4th in the Western Conference). The starting goalies will be Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and David Bingham for the LA Galaxy. The Timbers are priced at +130 while the Galaxy are at +180. The total opens at 2.75.
Portland has controlled possession of the ball for 46.9% of matches while they successfully dribble 61.1% of the time (10th in the league). They have tried 74 shots at their opponents goal with 30 of them being on target, which is a 40.5% SOT percentage. The Timbers as a team have 12 goals for the year, which is currently 9th in the league. They have caught 2,672 passes on 3,095 targets so far this year, which gives them a receiving percentage of 86.3%.
Sebastian Blanco is a guy who should be able to impact this game for the Timbers. He has totaled 42 assists while accumulating 47 yellow card warnings during his career. Blanco has been in the starting lineup in 180 outings during his pro soccer career and he accounts for 0.25 G/90. The forward who is from Argentina has accumulated 45 goals (43rd among active MLS players) in 16,110 mins. One more guy who could decide who wins is Felipe Mora, the forward who was born in Chile. Mora has earned 11,011 mins during 126 career starting assignments and has been handed 14 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 5 times so far in his career while he has scored 57 goals. He averages 0.47 G/90 so far in his MLS career (29th among active MLS players).
The man protecting the net for Portland is Steve Clark. Clark (74-64-81 mark in his MLS career) has accumulated 50 clean sheets, which gives him a 22.7% shutout percentage. The goalkeeper from the United States has seen 1,099 shots tried against him in 220 career starting assignments. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.49 (328 total goals surrendered) and he holds a save % of .703. Clark has seen the pitch for 19,791 mins and has earned 773 stops in his pro soccer career.
The Galaxy have been able to dribble successfully 53.4% of the time for the year while accumulating 9 goals. They have earned a receiving percentage of 86.1% and they maintain possession of the ball 48.7% of the time. LA has 2,724 pass targets this year (24th in MLS) and they have 2,345 successful received passes. The have hit on 38% of their SOT out of 79 shots.
Cristian Pavon will need to provide a spark for LA. The forward from Argentina has been on the field for 8,022 professional minutes while he has scored 27 goals (84th among active players). He has tallied 6 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 27 times. He is averaging 0.30 G/90 and has started 16 contests during his MLS career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Ethan Zubak, the forward who is from the United States. He has accounted for 27 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 7 times. Zubak has been given 10 yellow cards in 6,794 mins (75 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average in his MLS career is 0.36 (60th among active players).
David Bingham will look after the net for the Galaxy. During his pro soccer career, Bingham has conceded 258 goals while he has 546 stops in 178 starts. He has conceded 1.44 goals per 90 while he holds a mark of 72-42-66. He has earned a save percentage of .696 and his clean sheet rate is currently 27.0%. Bingham has racked up 48 clean sheets while he has seen 785 shots against him in 16,112 career mins.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take LA (+180)
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