San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers Prediction, 9/19/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Location: Earthquakes Stadium in San Jose, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: San Jose (+140) Portland (+175)
The San Jose Earthquakes (2-5-4, 13th in the Western Conference) host the Portland Timbers (4-3-4, 7th in the Western Conference) at Earthquakes Stadium on Saturday. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Daniel Vega for the San Jose Earthquakes and Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers. The Earthquakes are priced at +140 while the Timbers are at +175. The over/under is set at 3.
San Jose has been able to control possession for 58.3% of contests while successfully dribbling 55.7% of the time (20th in the league). They have attempted 157 shots at their opponents with 50 on target, which means they have a 31.8% SOT percentage. The Earthquakes as a team have 16 goals this season, which ranks 15th in the league. Their players have received 4,223 passes from teammates on 4,879 attempts so far this year, giving them a receiving percentage of 86.6%.
Shea Salinas is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for the Earthquakes. He has totaled 42 assists while tallying 20 yellow cards during his pro soccer career. Salinas has started 192 contests during his MLS career and accounts for 0.10 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder who is from the United States has totaled 20 goals scored (120th among active MLS players) in 18,855 professional minutes. One more guy who could decide who wins is Chris Wondolowski, the forward who hails from the United States. He has helped a teammate on a goal 37 times in his MLS career and he has scored 163 goals. Wondolowski has accumulated 27,601 mins in 305 starts and has been handed a total of 34 yellow cards. He currently averages 0.53 goals per 90 mins thus far in his career (15th among active MLS players).
The man who is expected to defend the goal for San Jose is Daniel Vega. Vega has played for 10,619 minutes and has tallied 363 stops so far in his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.36 (160 goals conceded) and he is the owner of a save percentage of .705. The keeper from Argentina has had 515 shots sent his way in 118 career starting assignments. Vega (50-27-41 mark during his soccer career) has recorded 38 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 32.2% shutout percentage.
The Timbers have had success dribbling 63.6% of the time this season while totaling 19 goals. They have earned a receiving percentage of 85.3% while controlling possession of the ball 45.6% of the time. Portland has 4,326 targets on the year (21st in the league) to go along with 3,689 successful received passes. They have been able to connect on 38.8% of their shots out of 116 total shots.
Felipe Mora will be counted on for Portland. The forward who represents Chile has been on the pitch for 11,252 mins and he has scored 59 goals (27th among active players). He has 14 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 6 times. He scores 0.47 G/90 and has had a starting assignment in 56 contests during his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Diego Valeri, the midfielder who is from Argentina. He has tallied 80 goals in his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 62 times. Valeri has been handed a total of 29 yellow card warnings in 18,734 minutes played (214 starts). His goals per 90 average during his MLS career is 0.38 (53rd among active MLS players).
Steve Clark will look after the net for the Timbers. So far in his pro soccer career, Clark has conceded 334 goals while he has 781 stops in 223 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.50 goals per 90 minutes while earning a mark of 75-65-82. He has earned a save % of .702 and his clean sheet rate sits at 22.4%. Clark has racked up 50 shutouts while he has seen 1,113 shots tried against him in 20,061 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Portland (+175)
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