Portland Timbers vs Minnesota United FC Prediction, 6/26/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs Minnesota United FC
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-133) Minnesota (+260)
Ramon Abila and Minnesota United (3-2-4, 9th in Western Conference) are headed to Providence Park on Saturday where they'll meet the Portland Timbers (4-1-4, 5th in Western Conference). The expected starting goalkeepers will be Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and Dayne St. Clair for Minnesota United. The Loons are priced at +260 while the Timbers are at -133. The total has been set at 3.
Portland faced Kansas City in their last game and walked away with a win by a score of 2-1. When talking about passing the ball, they earned a 85.1% rate by connecting on 298 of the 350 pass attempts in their last outing. The Timbers tried 28 dribbles in this matchup and were successful in 9 of the attempts for a rate of 32.1%. In terms of shooting accuracy, Portland finished the game at a 42.9% rate by putting 3 SoT of 7 total shots. Portland is averaging 1.44 goals per 90 min (13 goals in total) and have 8 assists in all competitions for the season.
Marvin Loria is a guy who should be able to impact this game for the Portland Timbers. Loria has been a starter in 57 matches so far in his career and he accounts for 0.23 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder hailing from Costa Rica has racked up 12 goals in 4,792 minutes played. He has 7 assists while accumulating 7 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career. Another player who could decide the outcome is Diego Valeri, the forward representing Argentina. Valeri has 20,196 mins in 229 career starting assignments and has been handed a total of 31 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 66 times in his career and he has scored 85 total goals. He is averaging 0.38 goals per 90 mins thus far in his career.
The man who will protect the net for Portland Timbers will be Steve Clark. Clark has been on the pitch for a total of 21,128 minutes and is sitting with 820 saves thus far in his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.46 (342 goals allowed) and he has earned a save percentage of 71.5. The keeper from the United States has seen 1,163 shots attempted at him in 235 career starting assignments. Clark (82-68-84 mark during his career) has tallied 54 shutouts, which leaves him with a 23.0% clean sheet rate.
When they last took the field, Minnesota earned the draw by finishing with a tally of 1-1 against Dallas. The Loons ended the game with a 43.8% successful dribble percentage by converting 7 out of the 16 dribbles they pursued. They finished this game by converting 379 out of their 459 attempted passes earning a rate of 82.6%. Minnesota connected on 7 shots on target out of their 17 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 41.2% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. With 9 goals and 5 assists in all competitions, Minnesota averages 1.00 goal and 0.56 assists per 90 minutes.
Ramon Abila should be able to be counted on for Minnesota United FC. He scores 0.58 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 88 outings in his pro soccer career. The forward hailing from Argentina has totaled 8,029 minutes while scoring 52 goals. He has totaled 23 yellow card warnings during his soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 16 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Ethan Finlay, the forward representing the United States. Finlay has been handed a total of 12 yellow card cautions in 13,996 professional minutes (158 starts). His goals per 90 minute average during his pro soccer career is 0.30. He has earned 46 goals so far in his career while assisting on a goal 32 times.
Dayne St. Clair will reside in front of the goal for Minnesota United FC. Thus far in his career, St. Clair has conceded 26 goals while totaling 68 saves in 22 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.18 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a mark of 9-7-6. He is the owner of a save percentage of 72.9 and his clean sheet rate is 40.9%. St. Clair has earned 9 clean sheets while he has seen 96 shots tried against him in 1,980 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota (+260)
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