Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids Prediction, 9/15/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids
Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+140) Colorado (+185)
Felipe Mora and the Portland Timbers (10-3-10, 5th in Western Conference) host the Colorado Rapids (12-6-4, 3rd in Western Conference) at Providence Park on Wednesday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and William Yarbrough for the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids are priced at +185 while the Timbers are at +140. The total has been set at 2.5.
Portland took the field against Vancouver in their most recent match and earned the victory with a final of 1-0. The Timbers tried 18 dribbles in this match and successfully completed 10 of those attempts for a percentage of 55.6%. In regard to passing, they had a 86.3% rate by connecting on 391 out of their 453 targeted passes last match.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Portland finished at a 30.0% rate by landing 3 shots on target of 10 total shots. Portland averages 1.35 goals per 90 minutes (31 goals in total) and have 21 assists in all games this season.
Felipe Mora is a player who can be a difference maker for the Portland Timbers. He has totaled 10 assists while accumulating 14 yellow cards in his pro soccer career. Mora has had a starting assignment in 151 games during his soccer career and he tallies 0.49 goals per 90 minutes. The forward hailing from Chile has earned 72 goals in 13,284 professional minutes played.
Another player who could decide the outcome is Dairon Asprilla, the forward who represents Colombia. Asprilla has been on the field for 7,646 minutes in 88 starting assignments and has been given 17 yellow card cautions. He has helped on a goal 11 times during his career while scoring 25 goals. He averages 0.29 G/90 so far in his career.
The guy protecting the net for Portland Timbers is Steve Clark. Clark (87-70-88 record during his soccer career) has tallied 58 shutouts, which leaves him with a 23.6% clean sheet rate. The keeper from the United States has had 1,216 shots attempted against him in 246 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.46 (357 total goals allowed) and his save % is 71.7. Clark has defended the goal for a total of 22,067 mins and has earned 859 saves during his career.
For their last match, Colorado went home with a draw by a final score of 1-1 against LA. The Rapids had a 50.0% successful dribble rate by connecting on 6 out of the 12 dribbles they attempted. They finished this game by converting 395 out of their 455 pass attempts earning a percentage of 86.8%. Colorado had 3 shots on target out of their 16 shots attempted earning them a 18.8% clip in their last match. Having tallied 31 goals and 22 assists in all their contests, Colorado has an average of 1.41 goals and 1.00 assist per 90 minutes.
Diego Rubio should provide solid play for Colorado Rapids. The forward hailing from Chile has accumulated 9,573 professional minutes while scoring 45 goals. He has tallied 37 yellow cards thus far in his career and has helped on a goal 22 times. He scores 0.42 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 104 games in his career. You should also keep an eye on Michael Barrios, the forward representing Colombia. Barrios has been handed a total of 24 yellow card cautions in 15,444 minutes (178 starting assignments). His G/90 average in his career is 0.22. He has 37 goals thus far in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 40 times.
William Yarbrough will look after the goal for Colorado Rapids. In his career, Yarbrough has surrendered 244 goals and has tallied 600 saves in 182 starts. He has surrendered 1.34 goals per 90 while earning a mark of 71-47-63. He holds a save percentage of 73.6 and his clean sheet rate is 27.5%. Yarbrough has recorded 50 clean sheets and has defended 833 shots tried against him in 16,335 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Colorado (+185)
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