Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake Prediction, 9/25/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-110) Salt Lake (+270)
Damir Kreilach and Real Salt Lake (10-6-9, 6th in Western Conference) travel to Providence Park on Saturday where they'll meet the Portland Timbers (11-4-10, 5th in Western Conference). The goalies protecting the net will be Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and David Ochoa for Real Salt Lake. The moneyline on this game has the Portland Timbers coming in at -110 and RSL is at +270. The O/U opens at 2.5.
Portland faced Los Angeles in their most recent match and went home with a win by a final score of 2-1. The Timbers tried 16 dribbles in this game and were able to convert 10 of the dribbles for a rate of 62.5%. In regard to passing, they ended up with a 81.1% rate by converting 347 out of their 428 targeted passes in their last game.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Portland finished the game at a 45.5% rate by hitting 5 SoT out of 11 total shots. Portland is averaging 1.40 goals per 90 min (35 goals in total) and have accounted for 22 assists in all matches for the season.
Dairon Asprilla is a player who can be a difference maker for the Portland Timbers. Asprilla has been a starter in 90 matches during his career and accounts for 0.30 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Colombia has racked up 26 goals in 7,796 mins. He has 11 assists while tallying 17 yellow cards during his career.
One more player who should impact this match is Felipe Mora, the forward representing Chile. Mora has accumulated 13,460 minutes in 153 starts and has been handed a total of 14 yellow card cautions. He has helped a teammate on a goal 10 times during his pro soccer career while scoring 73 goals. He has an average of 0.49 goals per 90 during his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Portland Timbers is Steve Clark. Clark has seen the pitch for a total of 22,247 minutes and has tallied 863 saves so far in his career. His GA/90 is 1.46 (360 total goals conceded) and his save percentage is 71.7. The goalie born in the United States has faced 1,222 shots attempted at him in 248 career starting assignments. Clark (88-71-88 record during his career) has recorded 58 shutouts, which leaves him with a 23.4% shutout rate.
For their last game, Salt Lake took home the win by a final score of 1-0 against Seattle. They wrapped up this match by completing 291 out of their 330 passing attempts earning a percentage of 88.2%. RSL finished with a 33.3% successful dribble rate by completing 4 of the 12 dribbles they tried. Salt Lake converted 4 shots on target out of 16 shots tried earning them a 25.0% rate in their last game. Having earned a total of 40 goals and 34 assists in all their games, Salt Lake averages 1.60 goals and 1.36 assists per 90 min.
Damir Kreilach should be able to be counted on for Real Salt Lake. He is currently averaging 0.26 G/90 and has started 348 outings so far in his career. The forward representing Croatia has accumulated 30,822 professional minutes and has earned 88 goals. He has totaled 69 yellow card cautions in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 30 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Rubio Rubin, the forward representing the United States. His G/90 average during his career is 0.29. He has earned 18 goals so far in his career while assisting on a goal 10 different times.
David Ochoa will be looking after the net for Real Salt Lake. Ochoa has earned 8 clean sheets while seeing 167 shots tried against him in 3,510 career minutes. He has earned a save % of 68.9 and his clean sheet rate is currently 20.5%. He has conceded 1.38 goals per 90 minutes and he has a record of 16-8-15. During his career, Ochoa has given up 54 goals and has 117 stops in 39 starts.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Salt Lake (+270)
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