Portland Timbers vs Orlando City SC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/11/2020
Game: Portland Timbers vs Orlando City SC
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Location: ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+163) Orlando (+150)
Felipe Mora and the Portland Timbers head to ESPN Sports Complex on Tuesday where they'll meet Orlando City in the MLS is Back Final. The expected starting goalies will be Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and Pedro Gallese for Orlando City. The line on this game has the Portland Timbers coming in at +163 and the Lions are at +150. The O/U is set at 3.
Portland has been able to maintain possession for 48.6% of the game while dribbling successfully 60.9% of the time (12th in Major League Soccer). They have attempted 47 shots at the goal with 20 being on target, which means they have a 42.6% SOT percentage. The Timbers have accounted for 8 goals for the year, which is currently 9th in the league. Their players have been on the receiving end of 1,968 passes on 2,277 attempts on the campaign, which makes their receiving percentage 86.4%.
Felipe Mora is a player who should be able to impact this game for the Timbers. He has 5 assists while accumulating 14 yellow cards during his MLS career. Mora has been given a starting assignment in 126 matchups in his career while he scores 0.46 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who is from Chile has recorded 56 goals scored (29th among active MLS players) in 10,969 professional minutes. One more guy who could decide who wins is Diego Valeri, the midfielder from Argentina. He has assisted on a goal 60 times in his pro soccer career while he has scored 79 total goals. Valeri has earned 18,381 mins during 210 starts and has been given 29 yellow card warnings. He sports an average of 0.39 goals per 90 so far in his career (48th among active MLS players).
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Portland is Steve Clark. Clark (74-63-80 record during his career) has accumulated 50 clean sheets, which has his sitting with a 22.9% clean sheet percentage. The goalie from the United States has seen 1,086 shots tried against him in 218 starting assignments. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.47 (321 total goals allowed) and he holds a save % of .706. Clark has played for 19,611 minutes and is sitting with 767 stops so far in his career.
Orlando has totaled 2,269 pass targets this year (12th in the league) and they have 1,937 completed passes. They hold a receiving percentage of 85.4% and they have controlled possession of the ball 51.2% of the time. The Lions have had success dribbling 59.1% of the time for the year while scoring 7 goals. They have connected on 41.8% of their shots on target on 55 shots.
Junior Urso will need to provide a lift for Orlando. He currently averages 0.19 goals per 90 and has had a starting assignment in 152 games in his career. The midfielder who is from Brazil has earned 10,332 mins and he has scored 22 goals (107th among active players). He has earned 17 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 4 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Tesho Akindele, the forward who was born in Canada. Akindele has earned himself a total of 10 yellow cards in 9,052 mins (92 starts). His G/90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.35 (65th among active MLS players). He has accumulated 35 goals during his career while helping on a goal 9 different times.
Pedro Gallese will reside in front of the net for the Lions. In his pro soccer career, Gallese has surrendered 126 goals while he has 110 stops in 123 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.04 goals per 90 while earning a mark of 39-32-50. He has earned a save percentage of .636 and his clean sheet rate sits at 21.1%. Gallese has totaled 26 shutouts while defending 173 shots against him in 10,911 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Portland (+163)
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