Los Angeles FC vs Portland Timbers Prediction, 9/29/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles FC vs Portland Timbers
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Location: Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-210) Portland (+529)
Cristian Arango and Los Angeles FC (9-6-11, 8th in Western Conference) host the Portland Timbers (12-4-10, 4th in Western Conference) at Banc of California Stadium on Wednesday. The starting goalies will be Tomas Romero for Los Angeles FC and Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers. LAFC is priced at -210 while the Timbers are at +529. The total has been set at 3.25.
Los Angeles stepped onto the pitch against San Jose in their last game and went home with a loss by a final score of 2-0. LAFC tried 26 dribbles in this contest and were able to convert 10 of those dribbles for a rate of 38.5%. In the passing game, they ended the game with a 82.8% received passes percentage by converting 304 out of their 367 targeted passes last match.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Los Angeles ended this match at a 23.1% rate by putting 3 shots on target out of 13 total shots. Los Angeles sports an average of 1.38 goals per 90 min (36 total goals) and have accumulated 25 assists in all matches for the season.
Cristian Arango is a player who should impact this matchup for Los Angeles FC. Arango has started 99 outings during his career while scoring 0.35 G/90. The forward representing Colombia has totaled 36 goals scored in 9,259 minutes played. He has totaled 6 assists while earning 19 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career.
Another player who should impact this match is Carlos Vela, the forward born in Mexico. He has assisted on a goal 68 times so far in his career while scoring 139 goals. Vela has 28,167 minutes during 314 career starts and has been handed a total of 50 yellow card cautions. He scores 0.44 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The man who will defend the goal for Los Angeles FC is Tomas Romero. Romero (12-9-18 record during his soccer career) has recorded 7 shutouts, which gives him a 17.9% shutout rate. The goalkeeper from El Salvador has had 186 shots sent his way in 39 career starting assignments. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.85 (73 goals conceded) and he has earned a save percentage of 61.8. Romero has seen the pitch for 3,555 minutes and is sitting with 114 saves thus far in his career.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Portland took home the win by a final score of 6-1 against Salt Lake. They wrapped up this match by completing 282 of the 336 passes they attempted earning a rate of 83.9%. The Timbers had a 41.7% successful dribble percentage by completing 5 out of the 12 dribbles they tried. Portland converted 9 shots on target out of their 16 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 56.3% clip in their last match. Having a total of 41 goals and 28 assists in all their matches, Portland averages 1.58 goals and 1.08 assists per 90 min.
Felipe Mora should provide a lift for Portland Timbers. He is averaging 0.49 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 154 matches in his career. The forward born in Chile has played 13,539 minutes while scoring 74 goals. He has collected 14 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 10 times. You should also watch out for Dairon Asprilla, the forward representing Colombia. Asprilla has been handed 17 yellow card cautions in 7,870 mins played (91 starts). His goals per 90 average thus far in his career is 0.31. He has scored 27 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 11 times.
Steve Clark will be residing in front of the goal for Portland Timbers. Clark has racked up 58 shutouts and has seen 1,231 shots attempted against him in 22,337 career mins. He holds a save percentage of 71.8 and his shutout rate is currently at 23.3%. He has given up 1.45 goals per 90 minutes and he has a mark of 89-71-88. So far in his career, Clark has given up 361 goals while totaling 871 stops in 249 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Portland (+529)
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