Seattle Sounders FC vs Portland Timbers Prediction, 10/22/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Seattle Sounders FC vs Portland Timbers
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Location: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA
Odds/Point Spread: Seattle (-119) Portland (+245)
Jeremy Ebobisse and the Portland Timbers (9-4-5, 2nd in the Western Conference) head to CenturyLink Field on Thursday where they'll meet the Seattle Sounders FC (9-4-4, 1st in the Western Conference). The starting goalies are Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC and Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers. The Sounders are priced at -119 while the Timbers are at +245. The O/U is set at 3.
The Sounders have accounted for 34 goals on the campaign, which has them 3rd in MLS. They have attempted 214 shots at the opposition with 77 of them being on target, which calculates to a 36.0% SOT percentage. Seattle has been able to control possession for 52.9% of the time while they successfully dribble 66.1% of the time (3rd in the league). Their players have received 7,541 passes on 8,672 attempts for the season, giving them a receiving percentage of 87.0%.
Jordan Morris is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Seattle. He has 17 assists while accumulating 2 yellow card warnings so far in his career. Morris has had a starting assignment in 92 matches in his pro soccer career and scores 0.37 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who is from the United States has earned 33 goals scored in 8,006 minutes played. Another player who should impact this match is Nicolas Lodeiro, the midfielder who represents Uruguay. He has assisted on a goal 50 times thus far in his career while scoring 39 goals. Lodeiro has been on the field for 13,771 minutes in 150 career starting assignments and has been handed 27 yellow cards. He sports an average of 0.25 goals per 90 minutes so far in his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Seattle is Stefan Frei. Frei (125-69-101 record during his career) has earned 81 clean sheets, which has earned him a 27.4% shutout percentage. The keeper from Switzerland has had 1,347 shots sent in his direction in 296 starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.31 (386 total goals conceded) and he is the owner of a save % of .728. Frei has seen the pitch for a total of 26,616 mins and has accumulated 973 saves so far in his MLS career.
Portland has totaled 7,425 pass targets this season (21st in MLS) and they have 6,335 completed passes. They hold a receiving percentage of 85.3% while controlling possession of the ball 45.5% of the time. The Timbers have successfully dribbled 59.9% of the time on the campaign while collecting 38 goals. The have hit on 42.2% of their SOT out of 206 total shots.
Jeremy Ebobisse will be someone to watch for Portland. He sports an average of 0.42 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 61 matches during his professional soccer career. The forward from the United States has earned 5,932 mins while scoring 28 goals. He has totaled 4 yellow cards so far in his professional soccer career and has assisted on a goal 9 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Diego Valeri, the forward who is from Argentina. Valeri has earned himself a total of 29 yellow card cautions in 19,267 mins played (220 career starts). His goals per 90 min average during his career is 0.39. He has accounted for 83 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 64 times.
Steve Clark is expected to look after the net for the Timbers. Clark has totaled 53 clean sheets while seeing 1,138 shots attempted against him in 20,511 minutes throughout his career. He sports a save % of .713 and his clean sheet rate is currently 23.2%. He has allowed 1.48 goals per 90 while earning a mark of 79-66-82. During his career, Clark has allowed 338 goals while earning 802 saves in 228 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Seattle (-119)
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