Portland Timbers vs Houston Dynamo Prediction, 4/24/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs Houston Dynamo
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-143) Houston (+300)
Yimmi Chara and the Portland Timbers (0-0-1, 11th in Western Conference) play the Houston Dynamo (1-0-0, 5th in Western Conference) at Providence Park on Saturday. The expected starting goalkeepers will be Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo. The line on this game has the Portland Timbers coming in at -143 and the Dynamo are at +300. The O/U opens at 3.25.
Portland faced off with Vancouver in their last match and took a loss by a final of 1-0. The Timbers attempted 10 dribbles in this outing and successfully completed 3 of the tries for a rate of 30.0%. When talking about passing the ball, they ended up with a 86.6% received passes percentage by connecting on 329 of the 380 targeted passes in their last game. In relation to shooting accuracy, Portland ended this match at a 28.6% clip by landing 2 SoT out of 7 shots.
Yimmi Chara is a guy who should be able to impact this game for the Portland Timbers. He has totaled 28 assists while earning 4 yellow cards in his career. Chara has been a starter in 133 outings in his pro soccer career and tallies 0.23 goals per 90. The forward from Columbia has tallied 30 goals in 11,941 minutes played. Another player who could decide the outcome is Diego Valeri, the forward born in Argentina. Valeri has been on the pitch for 19,746 mins in 225 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 30 yellow card cautions. He has assisted on a goal 65 times during his career while scoring 84 total goals. He is currently averaging 0.38 goals per 90 minutes for his pro soccer career.
The man defending the goal for the Portland Timbers is Steve Clark. Clark (81-68-84 record in his career) has accumulated 54 shutouts, which leaves him with a 23.1% shutout rate. The keeper hailing from the United States has had 1,160 shots tried at him in 234 starting assignments. His GA/90 is 1.46 (341 total goals allowed) and he holds a save % of 71.6. Clark has been on the pitch for a total of 21,038 mins and is sitting with 818 stops thus far in his career.
In their last outing, Houston got the victory with a final of 2-1 against San Jose. The Dynamo earned a 45.5% successful dribble percentage by converting 5 out of the 11 dribbles they tried. They finished the contest by completing 234 out of their 296 passing attempts earning a percentage of 79.1%. Houston landed 6 shots on target out of the team's 17 shots attempted giving them a 35.3% rate in their last game.
Christian Ramirez will be counted on for Houston Dynamo. He averages 0.56 goals per 90 and has been in the starting lineup in 176 games in his pro soccer career. The forward born in the United States has accumulated 14,866 minutes and he has scored 92 goals. He has 4 yellow cards in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 28 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Carlos Darwin Quintero, the forward representing Colombia. Quintero has been given 55 yellow cards in 26,028 mins played (291 career starts). His goals per 90 min average in his career is 0.33. He has earned 94 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 87 different times.
Marko Maric will be looking after the goal for Houston Dynamo. During his professional soccer career, Maric has surrendered 168 goals and has racked up 273 stops in 112 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.50 goals per 90 and he has a mark of 30-38-44. He sports a save % of 68.3 and his clean sheet rate is currently 19.6%. Maric has racked up 22 shutouts and has seen 397 shots against him in 10,080 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Houston (+300)
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