Portland Timbers vs Sporting KC Prediction, 6/19/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs Sporting KC
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+144) Kansas City (+187)
Providence Park is the venue where Khiry Shelton and Sporting KC (5-2-2, 2nd in Western Conference) will play the Portland Timbers (3-0-4, 7th in Western Conference) on Saturday. The goalies expected to start will be Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. The odds on this contest have the Portland Timbers priced at +144 and Sporting Kansas City is at +187. The O/U has been set at 3.
Portland faced Philadelphia in their most recent game and took a loss by a final of 3-0. The Timbers tried 15 dribbles in this matchup and converted 6 of the attempts for a rate of 40.0%. In the passing game, they had a 87.8% rate by converting 331 out of their 377 pass attempts in their last match. In regard to shooting accuracy, Portland walked away from the pitch at a 40.0% clip by hitting 4 shots on target of 10 total shots. Portland is averaging 1.29 g/90 (9 total goals) and have accounted for 6 assists in all games this year.
Yimmi Chara is a player who should be able to impact this game for the Portland Timbers. Chara has been in the starting lineup in 139 matchups in his pro soccer career and has 0.23 goals per 90 minutes. The forward born in Columbia has totaled 31 goals in 12,372 professional minutes played. He has 28 assists while tallying 4 yellow card warnings thus far in his career. One more guy who could decide who wins is Diego Valeri, the forward representing Argentina. He has helped a teammate on a goal 66 times in his career and he has scored 85 total goals. Valeri has totaled 20,072 minutes during 228 starts and has earned himself 31 yellow card warnings. He has an average of 0.38 goals per 90 minutes during his career.
The man defending the goal for Portland Timbers is Steve Clark. Clark has played for 21,038 minutes and has earned 818 stops during his soccer career. His GA/90 is 1.46 (341 total goals conceded) and he has earned a save percentage of 71.6. The keeper hailing from the United States has had 1,160 shots tried at him in 234 career starts. Clark (81-68-84 mark during his soccer career) has accumulated 54 shutouts, which leaves him with a 23.1% shutout percentage.
For their last match, Kansas City earned the draw by finishing with a tally of 1-1 against Austin. They finished this game by connecting on 490 out of their 554 passes they tried for a rate of 88.4%. Sporting KC finished the match with a 35.3% successful dribble percentage by converting 6 of the 17 dribbles they tried. Kansas City connected on 10 shots on target out of their 32 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 31.3% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having accumulated 16 goals and 9 assists for all their games, Kansas City averages 1.78 goals and 1.00 assist per 90 minutes.
Khiry Shelton should be able to be counted on for Sporting KC. The forward representing the United States has accumulated 6,234 mins while earning 13 goals. He has tallied 6 yellow card cautions during his soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 14 times. He scores 0.19 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 65 matches during his pro soccer career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Alan Pulido, the forward representing Mexico. Pulido has been handed a total of 17 yellow card warnings in 13,952 professional minutes played (144 starts). His goals per 90 min average during his career is 0.45. He has totaled 69 goals thus far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 23 different times.
Tim Melia is expected to look after the net for Sporting KC. During his pro soccer career, Melia has conceded 243 goals while totaling 604 saves in 194 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.26 goals per 90 mins while earning a record of 81-49-65. He is the owner of a save percentage of 72.4 and his clean sheet rate sits at 30.9%. Melia has 60 clean sheets and has defended 840 shots tried against him in 17,423 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (+144)
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