Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles FC Prediction, 7/21/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles FC
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+160) Los Angeles (+130)
Providence Park is the site where Carlos Vela and Los Angeles FC (6-3-4, 5th in Western Conference) will take on the Portland Timbers (5-1-6, 7th in Western Conference) on Wednesday. The goalkeepers protecting the net are Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and Pablo Sisniega for Los Angeles FC. LAFC is priced at +130 while the Timbers are at +160. The total is set at 2.75.
Portland took the field against Dallas in their most recent game and earned the victory with a final of 1-0. In regard to passing, they ended with a 87.3% received passes percentage by connecting on 460 out of their 527 pass targets in their last outing. The Timbers tried 20 dribbles in this contest and were successful in 9 of the attempts for a rate of 45.0%.
Concerning shot accuracy, Portland finished the game at a 18.2% clip by putting 2 shots on target out of 11 shots. Portland sports an average of 1.25 g/90 (15 total goals) and are sitting with 10 assists in all games for the season.
Jeremy Ebobisse is a guy who can be a difference maker for the Portland Timbers. Ebobisse has been a starter in 70 contests so far in his career and he tallies 0.42 goals per 90 minutes. The forward from the United States has tallied 31 goals in 6,687 mins. He has accounted for 9 assists while tallying 4 yellow cards during his pro soccer career. Someone else who should impact this game is Diego Valeri, the forward hailing from Argentina. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 66 times in his career while scoring 85 goals. Valeri has 20,386 mins in 231 career starts and has earned himself 31 yellow card cautions. He averages 0.38 G/90 thus far in his career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Portland Timbers will be Steve Clark. Clark has seen the pitch for 21,398 mins and has earned 829 saves during his pro soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.46 (347 goals allowed) and his save % is 71.5. The goalie born in the United States has seen 1,177 shots tried at him in 238 starts. Clark (83-68-86 record during his career) has earned 55 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 23.1% shutout percentage.
When they last took the field, Los Angeles went home victorious with a score of 2-1 against Salt Lake. LAFC finished the match with a 52.2% successful dribble rate by converting 12 of the 23 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this contest by connecting on 434 of the 490 passes they attempted for a percentage of 88.6%. Los Angeles converted 8 shots on target out of the team's 28 shots attempted giving them a 28.6% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. With a total of 17 goals and 14 assists for all their matches, Los Angeles averages 1.31 goals and 1.08 assists per 90.
Carlos Vela should be able to be counted on for Los Angeles FC. He is averaging 0.44 G/90 and has been given a starting assignment in 307 contests thus far in his career. The forward representing Mexico has played 27,624 professional minutes and has earned 136 goals. He has accounted for 50 yellow card warnings so far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 68 times. Make sure to watch out for Diego Rossi, the forward hailing from Uruguay. He has 59 goals during his career while helping a teammate on a goal 15 different times. Rossi has earned himself a total of 7 yellow card cautions in 10,840 minutes played (121 starts). His G/90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.49.
Pablo Sisniega will reside in front of the net for Los Angeles FC. Sisniega has 3 shutouts while defending 100 shots tried against him in 2,520 career minutes. He has a save % of 62.0 and his clean sheet rate sits at 10.7%. He has allowed 1.50 goals per 90 while holding a mark of 12-6-10. During his career, Sisniega has surrendered 42 goals while earning 65 stops in 28 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (+160)
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