Portland Timbers vs Sporting KC Prediction, 5/14/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs Sporting KC
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-110) Kansas City (+293)
Providence Park is the venue where Daniel Salloi and Sporting KC (2-3-6, 12th in Western Conference) will take on the Portland Timbers (2-6-3, 10th in Western Conference) on Saturday. The starting goalkeepers are Aljaz Ivacic for the Portland Timbers and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. The odds on this matchup have the Portland Timbers priced at -110 and Sporting Kansas City is at +293. The over/under opens at 2.75.
Portland faced off with New York in their most recent match and walked away with a draw with a final of 1-1. In regard to passing, they earned a 90.3% received passes percentage by connecting on 327 of the 362 pass attempts in their last game. The Timbers tried 21 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 13 of the attempts for a percentage of 61.9%.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Portland finished the game at a 14.3% rate by landing 1 shot on target of 7 total shots. Portland has an average of 1.00 goal per 90 (11 total goals) and are sitting with 5 assists in all matches for the season.
Yimmi Chara is a player who should be able to impact this game for the Portland Timbers. Chara has had a starting assignment in 172 contests in his career and he accounts for 0.23 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in Columbia has tallied 39 goals in 15,149 professional minutes. He has 34 assists while earning 6 yellow cards in his career.
Another player who could decide the outcome is Dairon Asprilla, the forward who is from Colombia. Asprilla has totaled 9,118 minutes in 105 career starting assignments and has been given a total of 23 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 12 times in his career while he has scored 32 goals. He scores 0.32 goals per 90 mins for his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Portland Timbers is Aljaz Ivacic. Ivacic has played for a total of 2,571 minutes and has accumulated 97 stops in his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.96 (56 goals surrendered) and he has earned a save % of 64.9. The goalkeeper hailing from Slovenia has had 151 shots tried at him in 28 starts. Ivacic (8-9-11 mark during his soccer career) has accumulated 4 shutouts, which has earned him a 14.3% clean sheet rate.
For their last game, Kansas City weren't able to secure a win with a final of 0-0 against New York City. They finished the contest by converting 190 out of their 285 attempted passes for a rate of 66.7%. Sporting KC finished with a 43.8% successful dribble rate by completing 7 of the 16 dribbles they pursued. Kansas City connected on 3 shots on goal out of their 5 shots attempted earning them a 60.0% rate in their last match. Having accumulated 7 goals and 3 assists for all their games, Kansas City sports an average of 0.64 goals and 0.27 assists per 90 minutes.
Daniel Salloi should provide solid play for Sporting KC. He averages 0.34 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 118 contests so far in his pro soccer career. The forward from Hungary has totaled 10,864 minutes while scoring 41 goals. He has totaled 12 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 23 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Johnny Russell, the forward representing Scotland. Russell has been given 30 yellow cards in 29,234 minutes played (330 starts). His G/90 average in his career is 0.33. He has totaled 107 goals in his career while helping on a goal 56 times.
Tim Melia will reside in front of the goal for Sporting KC. So far in his career, Melia has surrendered 288 goals and has totaled 679 saves in 229 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.26 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 94-57-79. He has earned a save % of 71.4 and his clean sheet rate is 30.6%. Melia has racked up 70 shutouts while defending 958 shots tried against him in 20,573 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (-110)
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