Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy Prediction, 5/22/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-133) LA (+300)
Chicharito and the LA Galaxy (4-0-1, 2nd in Western Conference) are headed to Providence Park on Saturday where they'll take on the Portland Timbers (2-0-3, 9th in Western Conference). The goaltenders who are expected to start are Hunter Sulte for the Portland Timbers and Jonathan Bond for the LA Galaxy. The line on this matchup has the Portland Timbers coming in at -133 and the Galaxy are at +300. The over/under is set at 3.25.
Portland played San Jose in their most recent match and notched a win by a score of 2-0. The Timbers attempted 23 dribbles in this game and converted 16 of the tries for a percentage of 69.6%. In sharing the ball, they finished with a 84.9% passes received rate by connecting on 253 out of their 298 pass targets last match. Concerning shot accuracy, Portland wrapped this game up at a 27.8% rate by putting 5 shots on target out of 18 total shots. Portland is averaging 1.20 goals per 90 (6 goals in total) and have accounted for 5 assists in all games for the season.
Diego Valeri is a player who can be a difference maker for the Portland Timbers. Valeri has started 226 contests so far in his career while scoring 0.38 goals per 90. The forward who is from Argentina has recorded 84 goals scored in 19,904 minutes. He has 66 assists while accumulating 31 yellow card cautions during his career. One more guy who should impact this match is Yimmi Chara, the forward representing Columbia. Chara has accumulated 12,211 mins in 137 starts and has been handed 4 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 28 times thus far in his career and he has scored 31 total goals. He has an average of 0.23 G/90 so far in his pro soccer career.
The man protecting the net for Portland Timbers will be Hunter Sulte. Sulte has played for 833 mins and has accumulated 34 saves so far in his pro soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 3.46 (32 total goals allowed) and he has earned a save % of 52.3. The keeper from the United States has had 65 shots attempted against him in 9 starting assignments. Sulte (1-0-8 record in his career) has accounted for 0 clean sheets, which gives him a 0.0% clean sheet percentage.
For their last game, LA got the victory with a final of 2-0 against Austin. The Galaxy ended the game with a 63.6% successful dribble rate by connecting on 14 of the 22 dribbles they tried. They finished the match by converting 424 of the 495 attempted passes for a rate of 85.7%. LA converted 3 shots on target out of their 15 shots attempted which gave them a 20.0% rate in their last outing. With 10 goals and 7 assists in all their matches, LA sports an average of 2.00 goals and 1.40 assists per 90 min.
Chicharito will need to provide a lift for LA Galaxy. The forward from Mexico has been on the field for 17,737 professional minutes and has earned 124 goals. He has 34 yellow card warnings during his soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 21 times. He currently averages 0.63 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 182 matches during his pro soccer career. You should also keep an eye on Sacha Kljestan, the midfielder representing the United States. Kljestan has been handed a total of 64 yellow card cautions in 32,352 minutes played (364 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.16. He has collected 57 goals during his soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 77 different times.
Jonathan Bond will be residing in front of the goal for LA Galaxy. In his pro soccer career, Bond has conceded 136 goals and has totaled 306 saves in 96 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.42 goals per 90 mins while holding a record of 37-24-34. He is the owner of a save % of 70.3 and his shutout rate sits at 21.9%. Bond has racked up 21 shutouts while defending 441 shots against him in 8,639 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take LA (+300)
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