Portland Timbers vs Inter Miami CF Prediction, 10/3/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs Inter Miami CF
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-122) Miami (+348)
Gonzalo Higuain and Inter Miami (9-5-12, 10th in Eastern Conference) are headed to Providence Park on Sunday where they'll take on the Portland Timbers (13-4-10, 4th in Western Conference). The men protecting the net will be Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and Nick Marsman for Inter Miami. Inter Miami is priced at +348 while the Timbers are at -122. The O/U has been set at 2.75.
Portland faced off with Salt Lake in their last match and went home with a win by a final score of 6-1. When talking about passing the ball, they ended up with a 83.9% received passes percentage by completing 282 out of their 336 targeted passes in their last game. The Timbers attempted 12 dribbles in this outing and successfully completed 5 of those attempts for a percentage of 41.7%.
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Concerning shot accuracy, Portland finished at a 56.3% clip by hitting 9 SoT out of 16 total shots. Portland averages 1.59 g/90 (43 total goals) and have accumulated 29 assists in all contests for the season.
Dairon Asprilla is a guy who should be able to impact this match for the Portland Timbers. Asprilla has had a starting assignment in 92 contests so far in his career and he tallies 0.32 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Colombia has accumulated 28 goals in 7,956 mins. He has totaled 12 assists while accumulating 18 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career.
Another player who could decide the outcome is Felipe Mora, the forward representing Chile. He has assisted on a goal 10 times in his career and he has scored 74 total goals. Mora has been on the field for 13,626 minutes in 155 starting assignments and has earned himself 14 yellow cards. He currently averages 0.49 goals per 90 minutes during his career.
The man protecting the net for Portland Timbers will be Steve Clark. Clark (90-71-88 record in his career) has totaled 58 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 23.2% clean sheet percentage. The goalie from the United States has seen 1,235 shots attempted against him in 250 starting assignments. His GA/90 is 1.45 (362 total goals conceded) and his save % is 71.8. Clark has seen the field for 22,427 mins and has tallied 874 stops during his pro soccer career.
For their last game, Miami walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 1-0 against Atlanta. Inter Miami had a 62.5% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 10 out of the 16 dribbles they tried. They finished this game by connecting on 314 of the 363 passes they tried earning a percentage of 86.5%. Miami landed 4 shots on target out of the team's 9 shots tried earning them a 44.4% rate in their last game. With a total of 25 goals and 20 assists in all their contests, Miami averages 0.96 goals and 0.77 assists per 90 minutes.
Gonzalo Higuain will need to provide a spark for Inter Miami CF. He has an average of 0.68 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 368 matches so far in his pro soccer career. The forward from Argentina has totaled 32,687 mins and has scored 248 goals. He has 47 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 67 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Lewis Morgan, the midfielder who is from Scotland. Morgan has been given a total of 4 yellow cards in 11,984 professional minutes (131 career starts). His goals per 90 average so far in his career is 0.21. He has totaled 28 goals during his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 24 different times.
Nick Marsman will be residing in front of the net for Inter Miami CF. In his career, Marsman has conceded 250 goals and has 594 stops in 192 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.31 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 83-55-53. He sports a save percentage of 70.8 and his clean sheet rate sits at 25.5%. Marsman has accumulated 49 clean sheets while defending 837 shots tried against him in 17,221 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (-122)
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