Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers Prediction, 10/14/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
TV: ROOT Sports NW
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (+130) Portland (+188)
Diego Valeri and the Portland Timbers (9-3-4, 2nd in the Western Conference) travel to Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday where they'll take on Real Salt Lake (4-6-7, 11th in the Western Conference). The goalies protecting the net are Andrew Putna for Real Salt Lake and Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers. The Timbers are priced at +188 while RSL is at +130. The over/under is set at 3.
Salt Lake has controlled possession of the ball for 51.4% of contests while they successfully dribble 66.3% of the time (3rd in Major League Soccer). They have attempted 212 shots at their opponents goal with 62 on target, which is a 29.2% SOT percentage. RSL as a team have earned 20 goals for the campaign, which is currently 19th in MLS. Their players have been on the receiving end of 6,524 passes on 7,526 attempts this season, giving them a receiving percentage of 86.7%.
Damir Kreilach is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Salt Lake. Kreilach has been a starter in 320 outings in his pro soccer career and tallies 0.24 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who represents Croatia has totaled 77 goals in 28,300 mins. He has totaled 26 assists while tallying 60 yellow card cautions so far in his career. One more guy who could decide who wins is Corey Baird, the forward who hails from the United States. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 10 times during his pro soccer career while scoring 16 goals. Baird has 5,169 mins in 57 career starts and has earned himself a total of 15 yellow cards. He currently averages 0.28 goals per 90 so far in his career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Real Salt Lake will be Andrew Putna. Putna (18-9-10 record during his soccer career) has earned 12 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 32.4% shutout rate. The keeper from the United States has faced 149 shots attempted against him in 37 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.41 (53 total goals surrendered) and his save percentage is .651. Putna has defended the goal for 3,375 mins and has 98 stops during his career.
The Timbers have dribbled successfully 58.3% of the time for the season while accumulating 36 goals. They hold a receiving percentage of 85.2% while controlling possession of the ball 45.1% of the time. Portland has tallied 6,196 pass targets this year (25th in the league) with 5,278 completed passes. The have hit on 42.8% of their SOT on 180 shots.
Diego Valeri should provide a lift for Portland. The forward from Argentina has accumulated 19,103 mins and he has scored 83 goals. He has collected 29 yellow card cautions during his professional soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 63 times. He currently averages 0.39 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 320 games so far in his career. Make sure to watch out for Jeremy Ebobisse, the forward who represents the United States. He has scored 27 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 9 times. Ebobisse has earned himself 4 yellow card cautions in 5,755 mins played (59 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.42.
Steve Clark will reside in front of the net for the Timbers. Clark has racked up 53 clean sheets while he has defended 1,133 shots attempted against him in 20,421 career mins. He sports a save % of .712 and his clean sheet rate is 23.3%. He has conceded 1.49 goals per 90 mins and he has a record of 79-65-82. So far in his career, Clark has given up 337 goals while he has totaled 798 saves in 227 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Portland (+188)
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