Portland Timbers vs New York City FC Prediction, 12/11/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs New York City FC
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+120) New York City (+210)
Maximiliano Moralez and New York City FC (14-9-11, 4th in Eastern Conference) head to Providence Park on Saturday where they'll meet the Portland Timbers (17-4-13, 4th in Western Conference) in the MLS Cup Final. Portland is coming off a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake, while New York City FC is fresh off a 2-1 win over Philadelphia. The goalkeepers who are expected to start will be Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. The Timbers are priced at +120 while NYCFC is at +210. The O/U opens at 2.5.
Portland stepped onto the pitch against Salt Lake in their most recent game and went home with a win by a final score of 2-0. The Timbers tried 19 dribbles in this outing and were successful in 13 of those attempts for a percentage of 68.4%. When talking about passing the ball, they ended up with a 83.8% passes received rate by connecting on 362 out of their 432 passing targets in their last game.
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Concerning shot accuracy, Portland wrapped this game up at a 50.0% clip by putting 7 shots on target of 14 total shots. Portland averages 1.59 goals per 90 (54 total goals) and are sitting with 38 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Sebastian Blanco is a guy who should be able to impact this game for the Portland Timbers. He has 48 assists while earning 51 yellow cards during his soccer career. Blanco has had a starting assignment in 193 contests in his career and scores 0.27 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in Argentina has totaled 52 goals scored in 17,329 mins.
One more guy who should impact this match is Felipe Mora, the forward representing Chile. He has assisted on a goal 11 times during his pro soccer career while scoring 74 goals. Mora has been on the field for 14,013 mins in 159 starts and has earned himself a total of 14 yellow card cautions. He averages 0.48 G/90 during his soccer career.
The guy defending the goal for Portland Timbers will be Steve Clark. Clark (94-71-91 mark during his career) has tallied 61 clean sheets, which gives him a 23.7% shutout rate. The goalie from the United States has had 1,268 shots attempted against him in 257 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.44 (370 goals given up) and he has a save percentage of 72.2. Clark has defended the goal for 23,057 mins and has tallied 902 stops in his career.
For their last outing, New York City got the victory with a final of 2-1 against Philadelphia. NYCFC finished with a 42.1% successful dribble rate by converting 8 of the 19 dribbles they tried. They finished the contest by converting 506 out of their 554 attempted passes earning a rate of 91.3%. New York City converted 5 shots on goal out of 11 shots tried giving them a 45.5% clip in their last outing. With 55 goals and 38 assists for all their games, New York City sports an average of 1.62 goals and 1.12 assists per 90 minutes.
Maximiliano Moralez will be counted on for New York City FC. The forward born in Argentina has been on the pitch for 23,314 professional minutes while scoring 48 goals. He has collected 41 yellow card cautions thus far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 68 times. He has an average of 0.19 goals per 90 minutes and has started 267 matches during his career. Be sure to watch out for Jesus Medina, the forward born in Paraguay. He has accounted for 40 goals during his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 9 times. Medina has earned himself a total of 20 yellow cards in 11,546 mins played (134 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average thus far in his career is 0.31.
Sean Johnson will be looking after the net for New York City FC. Johnson has totaled 76 shutouts and defended 1,393 shots against him in 28,866 mins throughout his career. He has earned a save % of 71.0 and his clean sheet rate sits at 23.7%. He has surrendered 1.31 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a mark of 125-93-103. So far in his pro soccer career, Johnson has surrendered 421 goals and has accumulated 986 stops in 321 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Portland (+120)
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