Portland Timbers vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Prediction, 11/1/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Date: Sunday, November 1, 2020
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
TV: FOX 12 Plus
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-250) Vancouver (+600)
Providence Park is the venue where Cristian Dajome and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8-0-13, 8th in the Western Conference) will play the Portland Timbers (10-5-5, 3rd in the Western Conference) on Sunday. The goalies who are expected to start are Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and Evan Bush for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Timbers are priced at -250 while the Whitecaps are at +600. The O/U opens at 3.5.
Portland has been able to control possession for 45.6% of contests while they dribble successfully 61.1% of the time (7th in Major League Soccer). They have tried 227 shots at their opponents with 97 on target, which means they have a 42.7% SOT percentage. The Timbers as a team have totaled 44 goals this year, which has them 1st in MLS. They have been on the receiving end of 7,188 passes on 8,405 attempts for the campaign, which gives them a receiving percentage of 85.5%.
Diego Valeri is a guy who can be a difference maker for Portland. He has totaled 64 assists while tallying 29 yellow card cautions thus far in his career. Valeri has been given a starting assignment in 222 games thus far in his career and tallies 0.39 goals per 90 mins. The forward who is from Argentina has 84 goals in 19,447 minutes. Someone else who should impact this match is Felipe Mora, the forward who hails from Chile. Mora has earned 11,735 mins during 134 starts and has been given a total of 14 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 7 times so far in his career while scoring 63 goals. He sports an average of 0.48 goals per 90 mins during his professional career.
The man who will defend the goal for Portland will be Steve Clark. Clark (80-67-82 record in his career) has recorded 53 shutouts, which has earned him a 23.0% clean sheet percentage. The goalie from the United States has had 1,145 shots tried at him in 230 starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.48 (341 goals allowed) and he holds a save percentage of .712. Clark has defended the goal for 20,691 mins and has tallied 806 saves so far in his MLS career.
Vancouver has 8,101 targets for the season (23rd in the league) to go along with 6,980 completed passes. They hold a receiving percentage of 86.2% and they control possession of the ball 41.3% of the time. The Whitecaps have had success dribbling 59.3% of the time this season while tallying 21 goals. They have connected on 34.3% of their SOT out of 169 shots.
Cristian Dajome will need to provide a spark for Vancouver. The forward from Colombia has been on the field for 10,555 professional minutes and he has scored 25 goals. He has accumulated 20 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 9 times. He has an average of 0.21 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 118 contests during his career. Be sure to watch out for Lucas Cavallini, the forward who is from Canada. He has earned 65 goals thus far in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 6 different times. Cavallini has been given a total of 66 yellow cards in 13,746 professional minutes played (153 career starts). His goals per 90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.43.
Evan Bush will be looking after the net for the Whitecaps. Thus far in his career, Bush has allowed 348 goals while he has racked up 759 stops in 232 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.50 goals per 90 mins while he holds a record of 81-47-104. He has earned a save percentage of .699 and his shutout rate is currently 24.6%. Bush has racked up 57 shutouts while defending 1,089 shots against him in 20,890 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (-250)
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