Austin FC vs Portland Timbers Prediction, 8/21/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Austin FC vs Portland Timbers
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021
Location: Q2 Stadium in Austin, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Austin (+104) Portland (+264)
Q2 Stadium is the site where Dairon Asprilla and the Portland Timbers (7-3-9, 7th in Western Conference) will play Austin FC (4-4-11, 13th in Western Conference) on Saturday. The starting goalies are Brad Stuver for Austin FC and Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers. The line on this matchup has Austin FC coming in at +104 and the Timbers are at +264. The O/U has been set at 2.75.
Austin faced Salt Lake in their last matchup and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 1-0. Austin FC tried 18 dribbles in this matchup and completed 10 of those attempts for a rate of 55.6%. When discussing the passing game, they finished with a 90.5% received passes rate by completing 469 of the 518 pass attempts in their last outing.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Austin finished the game at a 20.0% clip by putting 2 shots on target out of 10 shots. Austin is averaging 0.74 goals per 90 (14 goals in total) and are sitting with 12 assists in all matches this year.
Cecilio Dominguez is a player who should be able to impact this game for Austin FC. He has totaled 11 assists while earning 14 yellow cards during his pro soccer career. Dominguez has been a starter in 104 matchups thus far in his career and has 0.39 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Paraguay has accumulated 40 goals in 9,283 mins played.
Another guy who should impact this match is Diego Fagundez, the forward hailing from Uruguay. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 38 times during his soccer career while scoring 56 goals. Fagundez has been on the pitch for 18,254 mins during 203 career starting assignments and has been given a total of 30 yellow cards. He currently averages 0.28 goals per 90 minutes for his pro soccer career.
The guy protecting the net for Austin FC will be Brad Stuver. Stuver has been on the pitch for a total of 3,510 minutes and has earned 139 saves so far in his pro soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.38 (54 goals allowed) and he holds a save percentage of 72.2. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has had 194 shots tried at him in 39 career starts. Stuver (12-8-19 mark during his career) has 7 clean sheets, which gives him a 17.9% shutout percentage.
When they last took the field, Portland took a loss by a final score of 6-2 against Seattle. They finished this game by connecting on 383 out of their 456 attempted passes earning a percentage of 84.0%. The Timbers finished the match with a 63.3% successful dribble percentage by completing 19 of the 30 dribbles they pursued. Portland landed 1 SoT out of their 8 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 12.5% rate when they last took the field. Having accumulated 26 goals and 19 assists in all competitions, Portland is averaging 1.37 goals and 1.00 assist per 90.
Dairon Asprilla should be able to be counted on for Portland Timbers. He scores 0.30 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 84 games so far in his career. The forward born in Colombia has totaled 7,318 professional minutes and he has scored 24 goals. He has accumulated 17 yellow card cautions in his career and has helped on a goal 11 times. You should also keep an eye on Felipe Mora, the forward representing Chile. Mora has been given a total of 14 yellow cards in 12,924 mins (147 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.49. He has accumulated 70 goals in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 9 different times.
Steve Clark is expected to look after the net for Portland Timbers. Clark has racked up 55 clean sheets and has defended 1,195 shots against him in 21,707 minutes throughout his career. He is the owner of a save % of 71.4 and his shutout rate sits at 22.7%. He has surrendered 1.47 goals per 90 mins while he holds a mark of 84-70-87. So far in his career, Clark has surrendered 354 goals and has racked up 841 stops in 242 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Austin (+104)
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