Portland Timbers vs FC Dallas Prediction, 7/17/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs FC Dallas
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-125) Dallas (+280)
Diego Valeri and the Portland Timbers (4-1-6, 9th in Western Conference) play FC Dallas (2-5-5, 12th in Western Conference) at Providence Park on Saturday. The goaltenders who are expected to start will be Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and Jimmy Maurer for FC Dallas. The Timbers are priced at -125 while FCD is at +280. The total is set at 2.5.
Portland faced off with Austin in their last game and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 4-1. In sharing the ball, they ended the game with a 80.7% passes received percentage by connecting on 246 of the 305 targeted passes in their last outing. The Timbers attempted 17 dribbles in this outing and completed 12 of the tries for a rate of 70.6%. Regarding shot accuracy, Portland finished at a 33.3% rate by hitting 2 shots on target of 6 total shots. Portland is averaging 1.27 goals per 90 (14 total goals) and have accounted for 9 assists in all games this season.
Diego Valeri is a guy who should be able to impact this match for the Portland Timbers. Valeri has had a starting assignment in 231 matches so far in his career while he scores 0.38 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in Argentina has 85 goals in 20,360 mins. He has 66 assists while accumulating 31 yellow card warnings in his career. One more player who should impact this match is Marvin Loria, the midfielder representing Costa Rica. Loria has 4,874 minutes in 58 career starts and has been handed a total of 7 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 8 times in his pro soccer career while scoring 12 goals. He currently averages 0.22 G/90 so far in his career.
The man defending the goal for Portland Timbers will be Steve Clark. Clark has defended the goal for a total of 21,308 mins and has 827 saves in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.47 (347 goals surrendered) and his save % is 71.4. The keeper born in the United States has faced 1,175 shots tried at him in 237 career starting assignments. Clark (82-68-86 mark in his career) has recorded 54 clean sheets, which gives him a 22.8% clean sheet rate.
When they last played, Dallas walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 3-1 against LA. FCD earned a 46.9% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 15 out of the 32 dribbles they tried. They finished the match by converting 445 out of their 512 passes they attempted for a rate of 86.9%. Dallas connected on 4 shots on goal out of their 13 shots attempted giving them a 30.8% clip in their last game. With a total of 13 goals and 10 assists for all their matches, Dallas sports an average of 1.08 goals and 0.83 assists per 90 minutes.
Franco Jara will be someone to watch for FC Dallas. The forward from Argentina has totaled 15,894 mins and has scored 84 goals. He has accumulated 53 yellow card warnings in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 20 times. He is averaging 0.48 goals per 90 minutes and has been given a starting assignment in 176 outings in his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Jader Obrian, the midfielder representing Colombia. Obrian has been handed 21 yellow card warnings in 7,377 mins (80 career starting assignments). His G/90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.32. He has scored 26 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 2 different times.
Jimmy Maurer will look after the net for FC Dallas. Maurer has totaled 55 clean sheets and has defended 671 shots tried against him in 14,419 mins throughout his career. He sports a save percentage of 71.2 and his shutout rate is currently at 34.0%. He has conceded 1.24 goals per 90 minutes while earning a mark of 65-54-44. So far in his pro soccer career, Maurer has surrendered 198 goals and has earned 479 stops in 162 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (-125)
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