Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles FC Prediction, 9/19/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles FC
Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+207) Los Angeles (+126)
Latif Blessing and Los Angeles FC (9-6-9, 7th in Western Conference) are headed to Providence Park on Sunday where they'll take on the Portland Timbers (10-4-10, 5th in Western Conference). The goalkeepers protecting the net are Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and Tomas Romero for Los Angeles FC. LAFC is priced at +126 while the Timbers are at +207. The total has been set at 3.25.
Portland took the field against Vancouver in their last matchup and notched a win by a score of 1-0. The Timbers tried 18 dribbles in this match and were able to convert 10 of the tries for a rate of 55.6%. In sharing the ball, they earned a 86.3% rate by connecting on 391 of the 453 targeted passes in their last match.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Portland finished the game at a 36.4% clip by putting 4 SoT of 11 shots. Portland is averaging 1.37 goals per 90 minutes (33 goals in total) and have earned 22 assists in all matches this season.
Dairon Asprilla is a player who should be able to impact this match for the Portland Timbers. Asprilla has been in the starting lineup in 89 outings so far in his career and accounts for 0.29 goals per 90 mins. The forward hailing from Colombia has earned 25 goals scored in 7,736 mins. He has accounted for 11 assists while accumulating 17 yellow cards in his career.
One more player who should impact this match is Felipe Mora, the forward representing Chile. Mora has been on the pitch for 13,373 mins in 152 starts and has earned himself a total of 14 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 10 times so far in his pro soccer career and he has scored 73 total goals. He scores 0.49 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Portland Timbers is Steve Clark. Clark has played for a total of 22,157 mins and has tallied 863 saves during his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.46 (359 goals allowed) and he has a save percentage of 71.7. The goalie hailing from the United States has had 1,222 shots tried at him in 247 starting assignments. Clark (87-71-88 mark during his soccer career) has totaled 58 clean sheets, which has earned him a 23.5% clean sheet percentage.
For their last match, Los Angeles went home victorious with a score of 2-1 against Austin. They finished the match by completing 304 out of their 364 passes they tried for a percentage of 83.5%. LAFC earned a 43.5% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 10 out of the 23 dribbles they pursued. Los Angeles converted 4 shots on target out of 16 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 25.0% rate in their last game. With a total of 35 goals and 25 assists in all their contests, Los Angeles is averaging 1.46 goals and 1.04 assists per 90 minutes.
Latif Blessing should provide a lift for Los Angeles FC. He is currently averaging 0.17 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 100 matches in his pro soccer career. The forward who is from Ghana has been on the pitch for 9,255 professional minutes while scoring 17 goals. He has totaled 15 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 13 times. You should also keep an eye on Eduard Atuesta, the midfielder hailing from Colombia. Atuesta has been handed a total of 32 yellow cards in 9,280 minutes played (102 starts). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.07. He has totaled 7 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 19 times.
Tomas Romero will be residing in front of the goal for Los Angeles FC. During his career, Romero has allowed 69 goals while tallying 111 stops in 37 starts. He has given up 1.84 goals per 90 mins while he holds a mark of 12-9-16. He has earned a save percentage of 62.6 and his clean sheet rate is 18.9%. Romero has earned 7 shutouts while defending 179 shots tried against him in 3,375 career mins.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+126)
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