Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders FC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/23/2020
Game: Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders FC
Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-105) Seattle (+240)
Providence Park is the venue where Jordan Morris and the Seattle Sounders FC (2-2-1, 5th in the Western Conference) will take on the Portland Timbers (3-1-1, 3rd in the Western Conference) on Sunday. The starting goalies are Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC. The line on this contest has the Timbers priced at -105 and the Sounders are at +240. The O/U is set at 2.5.
The Timbers have earned 8 goals for the season, which is currently 9th in the league. They have attempted 47 shots with 20 on target, which means they have a 42.6% SOT percentage. Portland maintains possession for 48.6% of games while they successfully dribble 60.9% of the time (12th in Major League Soccer). Their players have caught 1,968 passes on 2,277 attempts on the year, which gives them a receiving percentage of 86.4%.
Sebastian Blanco is a player who should impact this matchup for the Timbers. Blanco has been in the starting lineup in 178 games thus far in his career and has 0.25 G/90. The forward from Argentina has racked up 44 goals scored (44th among active MLS players) in 15,935 professional minutes played. He has totaled 41 assists while earning 47 yellow cards during his MLS career. Another guy who should impact this match is Diego Chara, the midfielder who is from Colombia. He has assisted on a goal 13 times during his MLS career while scoring 9 total goals. Chara has been on the pitch for 23,396 minutes in 264 starting assignments and has been given 83 yellow cards. He is averaging 0.03 G/90 so far in his pro soccer career (288th among active players).
The guy defending the goal for Portland is Steve Clark. Clark has been on the field for 19,611 mins and has accumulated 767 saves thus far in his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.47 (321 total goals allowed) and he has a save % of .706. The goalkeeper from the United States has had 1,086 shots attempted against him in 218 career starts. Clark (74-63-80 mark during his soccer career) has totaled 50 shutouts, which gives him a 22.9% shutout percentage.
Seattle has accumulated 2,536 targets for the campaign (5th in MLS) to go along with 2,237 successful received passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 88.2% while they control possession of the ball 51.4% of the time. The Sounders have had success dribbling 64.5% of the time so far this year while tallying 7 goals. The have hit on 28.8% of their shots out of 66 shots.
Jordan Morris should provide a lift for Seattle. The forward who is from the United States has played 7,010 minutes while he has scored 28 goals (77th among active players). He has accumulated 2 yellow cards in his MLS career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 13 times. He scores 0.36 goals per 90 mins and has started 239 outings so far in his pro soccer career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Kelvin Leerdam, the defender who hails from the Netherlands. Leerdam has been given 47 yellow card warnings in 20,436 minutes played (230 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.10 (192nd among active players). He has tallied 23 goals so far in his MLS career while assisting a teammate on a goal 24 times.
Stefan Frei will look after the net for the Sounders. During his career, Frei has allowed 372 goals while he has racked up 945 saves in 284 starts. He has given up 1.31 goals per 90 mins and he has a record of 118-67-98. He has a save % of .722 and his clean sheet rate is currently 27.5%. Frei has racked up 78 clean sheets while he has seen 1,308 shots attempted against him in 25,536 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (-105)
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