Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders FC Prediction, 5/9/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders FC
Date: Sunday, May 9, 2021
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+137) Seattle (+162)
Providence Park is the venue where Raul Ruidiaz and the Seattle Sounders FC (2-1-0, 1st in Western Conference) will play the Portland Timbers (1-0-2, 12th in Western Conference) on Sunday. The goaltenders protecting the net will be Jeff Attinella for the Portland Timbers and Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC. The Sounders are priced at +162 while the Timbers are at +137. The O/U opens at 3.
Portland stepped onto the pitch against Dallas in their last match and went home with a loss by a final score of 4-1. In regard to passing, they finished this match with a 85.3% passes received rate by completing 289 of the 339 passing attempts last game. The Timbers tried 19 dribbles in this match and successfully completed 15 of those attempts for a percentage of 78.9%. Regarding shot accuracy, Portland walked away from the pitch at a 20.0% rate by putting 2 shots on target out of 10 shots. Portland has an average of 1.00 goal per 90 (3 total goals) and are sitting with 3 assists in all games for this campaign.
Yimmi Chara is a guy who should impact this matchup for the Portland Timbers. Chara has started 135 contests thus far in his career and tallies 0.22 goals per 90 minutes. The forward representing Columbia has recorded 30 goals scored in 12,031 professional minutes played. He has accounted for 28 assists while earning 4 yellow cards so far in his 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 84 total goals. Valeri has been on the field for 19,836 mins in 225 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 31 yellow card cautions. He scores 0.38 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career.
The guy protecting the net for Portland Timbers will be Jeff Attinella. Attinella (52-33-50 mark during his soccer career) has 36 shutouts, which gives him a 27.1% clean sheet percentage. The goalie hailing from the United States has seen 713 shots sent his way in 133 starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.42 (192 goals allowed) and he has earned a save percentage of 73.8. Attinella has seen the pitch for 12,141 minutes and is sitting with 527 stops in his career.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Seattle got the victory with a final of 3-0 against LA. They finished the contest by converting 451 of the 513 attempted passes for a percentage of 87.9%. The Sounders had a 52.9% successful dribble rate by converting 9 of the 17 dribbles they attempted. Seattle landed 9 shots on target out of the team's 17 shots attempted which had them at a 52.9% clip in their last outing. Having tallied 8 goals and 5 assists in all competitions, Seattle sports an average of 2.67 goals and 1.67 assists per 90.
Raul Ruidiaz will be someone to watch for Seattle Sounders FC. The forward hailing from Peru has been on the pitch for 12,860 minutes and has earned 99 goals. He has 13 yellow card cautions thus far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 10 times. He sports an average of 0.69 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 149 outings during his pro soccer career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Nicolas Lodeiro, the midfielder representing Uruguay. He has earned 41 goals during his soccer career while assisting on a goal 51 times. Lodeiro has earned himself 27 yellow cards in 14,246 mins played (155 career starts). His goals per 90 minute average in his career is 0.26.
Stefan Frei will reside in front of the net for Seattle Sounders FC. So far in his career, Frei has conceded 392 goals while tallying 995 stops in 304 starts. He has allowed 1.29 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a record of 129-72-102. He has earned a save % of 73.0 and his shutout rate is 27.6%. Frei has 84 shutouts while defending 1,377 shots attempted against him in 27,336 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Seattle (+162)
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