San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers Prediction, 5/15/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Location: PayPal Park in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: San Jose (+129) Portland (+203)
PayPal Park is the site where Yimmi Chara and the Portland Timbers (1-0-3, 12th in Western Conference) will play the San Jose Earthquakes (3-0-2, 2nd in Western Conference) on Saturday. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be JT Marcinkowski for the San Jose Earthquakes and Hunter Sulte for the Portland Timbers. The odds on this game have the San Jose Earthquakes coming in at +129 and the Timbers are at +203. The over/under opens at 3.
San Jose faced off with Seattle in their last matchup and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 1-0. The Earthquakes tried 16 dribbles in this matchup and successfully completed 8 of those tries for a rate of 50.0%. In sharing the ball, they finished this match with a 84.2% received passes percentage by connecting on 417 out of their 495 pass attempts last match. In regard to shooting accuracy, San Jose ended this match at a 40.0% clip by putting 6 SoT out of 15 total shots. San Jose averages 2.00 goals per 90 min (10 total goals) and have accumulated 7 assists in all matches this year.
Cristian Espinoza is a guy who should be able to impact this match for the San Jose Earthquakes. He has totaled 28 assists while earning 18 yellow card warnings thus far in his career. Espinoza has been given a starting assignment in 100 games in his career while scoring 0.13 goals per 90. The forward who is from Argentina has 12 goals in 8,568 minutes played. One more player who should impact this match is Andres Rios, the forward representing Argentina. Rios has 9,466 minutes in 101 starts and has earned himself 22 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 5 times in his pro soccer career while scoring 27 total goals. He has an average of 0.26 goals per 90 during his pro soccer career.
The guy defending the goal for San Jose Earthquakes will be JT Marcinkowski. Marcinkowski has defended the goal for 5,580 mins and has earned 194 saves so far in his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.40 (87 total goals conceded) and he has a save % of 69.6. The goalie born in the United States has had 276 shots tried at him in 62 starts. Marcinkowski (28-14-20 mark during his soccer career) has earned 14 clean sheets, which gives him a 22.6% shutout rate.
For their last game, Portland took a loss by a score of 2-1 against Seattle. They finished this game by completing 458 out of their 515 passes they tried for a percentage of 88.9%. The Timbers had a 40.0% successful dribble percentage by converting 8 out of the 20 dribbles they tried. Portland landed 4 shots on target out of their 10 shots tried which had them at a 40.0% clip in their last game. With 4 goals and 3 assists in all their contests, Portland has an average of 1.00 goal and 0.75 assists per 90 minutes.
Yimmi Chara should provide solid play for Portland Timbers. The forward born in Columbia has been on the field for 12,121 mins and has scored 30 goals. He has collected 4 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 28 times. He is currently averaging 0.22 goals per 90 mins and has started 136 matches during his soccer career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Diego Valeri, the forward born in Argentina. He has totaled 84 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 66 different times. Valeri has been handed a total of 31 yellow card cautions in 19,895 mins played (226 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average so far in his career is 0.38.
Hunter Sulte will reside in front of the goal for Portland Timbers. Sulte has totaled 0 clean sheets while defending 65 shots against him in 833 minutes throughout his career. He sports a save percentage of 52.3 and his shutout rate is currently 0.0%. He has given up 3.46 goals per 90 mins while he holds a mark of 1-0-8. In his career, Sulte has conceded 32 goals and has racked up 34 stops in 9 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (+203)
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