San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/26/2020
Game: San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Location: Earthquakes Stadium in San Jose, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: San Jose (+141) Portland (+198)
Sebastian Blanco and the San Jose Earthquakes (2-2-1, 7th in the Western Conference) host the Portland Timbers (3-1-2, 4th in the Western Conference) at Earthquakes Stadium on Wednesday. The starting goaltenders are Daniel Vega for the San Jose Earthquakes and Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers. The Timbers are priced at +198 while the Earthquakes are at +141. The over/under is set at 3.25.
The Earthquakes have tallied 10 goals this year, which is currently 7th in the league. They have launched 87 shots at the opposition with 31 being on target, which is a 35.6% SOT percentage. San Jose has been able to control possession for 63.6% of games while successfully dribbling 65% of the time (5th in the league). They have received 2,357 passes on 2,683 attempts on the season, earning them a receiving percentage of 87.8%.
Chris Wondolowski is a player who should be able to impact this match for the Earthquakes. Wondolowski has been in the starting lineup in 302 contests so far in his MLS career and accounts for 0.53 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder from the United States has earned 161 goals (1st among active players) in 27,317 mins played. He has accounted for 36 assists while accumulating 34 yellow card warnings in his career. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Cristian Espinoza, the forward from Argentina. Espinoza has been on the field for 6,756 minutes in 78 starting assignments and has earned himself 16 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 22 times during his pro soccer career and he has scored 9 total goals. He is averaging 0.12 goals per 90 in his career (176th among active players).
The man who will defend the goal for San Jose is Daniel Vega. Vega has played for 10,169 minutes and has earned 342 stops in his MLS career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.27 (144 total goals surrendered) and he is the owner of a save % of .715. The goalkeeper from Argentina has faced 478 shots attempted against him in 113 career starts. Vega (50-25-38 record during his soccer career) has tallied 37 clean sheets, which gives him a 32.7% shutout percentage.
Portland has totaled 2,710 targets on the season (10th in MLS) to go along with 2,334 successful received passes. They hold a receiving percentage of 86.1% while they maintain possession of the ball 47.8% of the time. The Timbers have been able to dribble successfully 63.4% of the time this season while tallying 8 goals. They have connected on 42.4% of their shots on target on 59 shots.
Sebastian Blanco will need to be on top of his game for Portland. He sports an average of 0.25 G/90 and has had a starting assignment in 70 outings so far in his career. The forward from Argentina has played 16,021 mins and he has scored 44 goals (44th among active MLS players). He has 47 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 41 times. You should also watch out for Felipe Mora, the forward who represents Chile. He has earned 56 goals thus far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 5 times. Mora has been handed a total of 14 yellow card cautions in 10,987 minutes played (126 starts). His G/90 average in his MLS career is 0.46 (30th among active MLS players).
Steve Clark is expected to look after the net for the Timbers. Clark has recorded 50 clean sheets while he has defended 1,092 shots attempted against him in 19,701 career mins. He is the owner of a save % of .705 and his clean sheet rate is 22.8%. He has conceded 1.48 goals per 90 mins and he has a record of 74-63-81. During his career, Clark has surrendered 324 goals while he has racked up 770 stops in 219 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take San Jose (+141)
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