Austin FC vs Portland Timbers Prediction, 7/1/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Austin FC vs Portland Timbers
Date: Thursday, July 1, 2021
Location: Q2 Stadium in Austin, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Austin (+110) Portland (+240)
Diego Valeri and the Portland Timbers (4-1-5, 7th in Western Conference) go to Q2 Stadium on Thursday where they'll take on Austin FC (2-4-5, 12th in Western Conference). The goalies expected to start will be Brad Stuver for Austin FC and Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers. Austin FC is priced at +110 while the Timbers are at +240. The total is set at 2.5.
Austin stepped onto the pitch against Columbus in their last match and wrapped it up with a draw by a score of 0-0. In the passing game, they earned a 90.5% rate by connecting on 476 out of their 526 pass targets last match. Austin FC attempted 10 dribbles in this match and were able to convert 4 of the attempts for a rate of 40.0%. Regarding shot accuracy, Austin ended this match at a 29.4% rate by hitting 5 shots on target of 17 total shots. Austin sports an average of 0.55 goals per 90 minutes (6 goals in total) and have tallied 5 assists in all games for the season.
Cecilio Dominguez is a guy who should be able to impact this game for Austin FC. Dominguez has been given a starting assignment in 97 matchups so far in his pro soccer career and tallies 0.40 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in Paraguay has 39 goals in 8,713 professional minutes played. He has 9 assists while accumulating 13 yellow card cautions so far in his career. Another player who should impact this match is Rodney Redes, the forward hailing from Paraguay. Redes has been on the field for 6,304 mins during 86 starts and has been handed a total of 6 yellow card cautions. He has helped a teammate on a goal 7 times in his pro soccer career while he has scored 11 total goals. He is averaging 0.16 goals per 90 mins for his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Austin FC is Brad Stuver. Stuver has played for 2,790 mins and has 109 stops during his soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.35 (42 goals allowed) and his save % is 72.4. The keeper born in the United States has had 152 shots sent his way in 31 starts. Stuver (10-8-13 mark in his career) has tallied 7 clean sheets, which gives him a 22.6% shutout rate.
When they last took the field, Portland took a loss by a score of 1-0 against Minnesota. The Timbers ended the game with a 68.8% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 11 of the 16 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this outing by completing 515 of the 596 attempted passes for a rate of 86.4%. Portland connected on 3 shots on target out of their 22 shots tried which gave them a 13.6% rate in their last game. With 13 goals and 8 assists for all their matches, Portland sports an average of 1.30 goals and 0.80 assists per 90 minutes.
Diego Valeri should be someone to watch for Portland Timbers. He is averaging 0.38 goals per 90 and has been in the starting lineup in 230 games during his pro soccer career. The forward representing Argentina has been on the field for 20,277 minutes and has scored 85 goals. He has 31 yellow card warnings in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 66 times. Make sure to watch out for Marvin Loria, the midfielder representing Costa Rica. He has tallied 12 goals in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 7 times. Loria has earned himself 7 yellow card warnings in 4,792 minutes played (57 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average during his pro soccer career is 0.23.
Steve Clark will look after the goal for Portland Timbers. In his career, Clark has conceded 343 goals and has earned 824 saves in 236 starts. He has conceded 1.45 goals per 90 while earning a mark of 82-68-85. He holds a save % of 71.6 and his clean sheet rate is currently 22.9%. Clark has accumulated 54 shutouts while seeing 1,168 shots against him in 21,218 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Austin (+110)
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