Colorado Rapids vs Portland Timbers Prediction, 10/23/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Colorado Rapids vs Portland Timbers
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Location: Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Colorado (-139) Portland (+310)
Felipe Mora and the Portland Timbers (14-4-12, 4th in Western Conference) go to Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday where they'll meet the Colorado Rapids (14-10-6, 3rd in Western Conference). The expected starting goalies will be William Yarbrough for the Colorado Rapids and Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers. The Rapids are priced at -139 while the Timbers are at +310. The total opens at 2.75.
Colorado played Seattle in their last game and got the draw with a final of 1-1. The Rapids attempted 16 dribbles in this outing and successfully completed 11 of those attempts for a percentage of 68.8%. In the passing game, they earned a 87.7% passes received percentage by connecting on 456 out of their 520 pass attempts in their last outing.
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Concerning shot accuracy, Colorado ended this match at a 7.1% rate by putting 1 shot on target of 14 shots. Colorado has an average of 1.40 g/90 (42 goals in total) and are sitting with 31 assists in all contests for the year.
Michael Barrios is a player who can be a difference maker for the Colorado Rapids. He has totaled 41 assists while tallying 25 yellow card cautions during his soccer career. Barrios has started 182 matchups so far in his career and he scores 0.22 goals per 90 mins. The forward hailing from Colombia has 39 goals scored in 15,832 professional minutes played.
Another guy who could decide the outcome is Jonathan Lewis, the midfielder hailing from the United States. Lewis has been on the field for 3,811 mins in 37 starts and has been handed a total of 5 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 9 times so far in his pro soccer career while he has scored 18 total goals. He is averaging 0.43 goals per 90 so far in his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Colorado Rapids is William Yarbrough. Yarbrough has played for 16,965 mins and has tallied 618 saves in his career. His GA/90 is 1.34 (252 goals allowed) and he holds a save % of 73.5. The goalie from Mexico has seen 859 shots sent his way in 189 career starts. Yarbrough (73-51-64 record in his career) has 52 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 27.5% shutout rate.
The last time they took the field, Portland took a loss by a score of 2-1 against LA. The Timbers had a 50.0% successful dribble percentage by completing 5 of the 10 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this match by converting 310 of the 366 passes they tried for a percentage of 84.7%. Portland landed 6 shots on target out of the team's 10 shots tried giving them a 60.0% clip in their last game. Having tallied 47 goals and 33 assists in all matches, Portland averages 1.57 goals and 1.10 assists per 90 minutes.
Felipe Mora will need to provide a spark for Portland Timbers. He currently averages 0.48 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 157 outings during his career. The forward representing Chile has been on the field for 13,816 minutes and has scored 74 goals. He has tallied 14 yellow cards so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 10 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Dairon Asprilla, the forward representing Colombia. He has earned 29 goals in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 12 times. Asprilla has been handed a total of 18 yellow card cautions in 8,191 minutes (95 starts). His goals per 90 minute average in his pro soccer career is 0.32.
Steve Clark will reside in front of the net for Portland Timbers. Clark has accumulated 59 clean sheets while seeing 1,251 shots tried against him in 22,697 career minutes. He has earned a save % of 71.9 and his clean sheet rate is 23.3%. He has conceded 1.46 goals per 90 while holding a mark of 91-71-90. In his career, Clark has allowed 367 goals and has earned 887 stops in 253 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Portland (+310)
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