FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers Prediction, 5/1/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Location: Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (+125) Portland (+180)
Toyota Stadium is the site where Yimmi Chara and the Portland Timbers (1-0-1, 10th in Western Conference) will take on FC Dallas (0-1-1, 12th in Western Conference) on Saturday. The expected starting goalies will be Jimmy Maurer for FC Dallas and Jeff Attinella for the Portland Timbers. The line on this matchup has FC Dallas priced at +125 and the Timbers are at +180. The O/U has been set at 3.5.
Dallas faced San Jose in their last game and ended up losing by a score of 3-1. In sharing the ball, they ended with a 82.2% received passes rate by converting 356 out of their 433 targeted passes last game. FCD tried 17 dribbles in this match and were able to convert 9 of the attempts for a rate of 52.9%. In relation to shooting accuracy, Dallas ended this match at a 50.0% rate by landing 4 SoT out of 8 shots.
Andres Ricaurte is a player who should impact this matchup for FC Dallas. Ricaurte has been in the starting lineup in 133 outings during his soccer career and tallies 0.10 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder from Colombia has accumulated 13 goals scored in 11,802 mins. He has 30 assists while accumulating 28 yellow card cautions so far in his career. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Franco Jara, the forward representing Argentina. Jara has been on the pitch for 15,407 minutes during 172 career starts and has been handed 50 yellow card warnings. He has helped on a goal 19 times during his career while he has scored 82 goals. He currently averages 0.48 goals per 90 mins so far in his career.
The man defending the goal for FC Dallas will be Jimmy Maurer. Maurer (64-51-41 mark during his career) has recorded 55 clean sheets, which has earned him a 35.5% clean sheet rate. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has had 637 shots tried against him in 155 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.20 (184 goals surrendered) and his save percentage is 71.9. Maurer has seen the field for 13,789 minutes and has 458 saves in his career.
The last time they took the pitch, Portland took home the win by a final score of 2-1 against Houston. The Timbers earned a 66.7% successful dribble percentage by completing 8 out of the 12 dribbles they pursued. They finished the match by completing 364 out of their 452 passes they tried for a rate of 80.5%. Portland had 5 shots on target out of 23 shots attempted which gave them a 21.7% rate in their last outing. Having earned a total of 2 goals and 2 assists for all their matches, Portland averages 1.00 goal and 1.00 assist per 90.
Yimmi Chara will be someone to watch for Portland Timbers. He currently averages 0.23 goals per 90 minutes and has started 134 games during his career. The forward who is from Columbia has 11,986 minutes while scoring 30 goals. He has 4 yellow card warnings so far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 28 times. You should also keep an eye on Diego Valeri, the forward born in Argentina. He has collected 84 goals in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 65 times. Valeri has been given 30 yellow card cautions in 19,791 mins (225 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average during his soccer career is 0.38.
Jeff Attinella will look after the goal for Portland Timbers. Attinella has recorded 36 shutouts and has seen 713 shots tried against him in 12,141 career minutes. He has a save % of 73.8 and his shutout rate is currently 27.1%. He has surrendered 1.42 goals per 90 and he has earned a record of 52-33-50. During his pro soccer career, Attinella has allowed 192 goals and has earned 527 stops in 133 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (+180)
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