Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers Prediction, 10/9/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers
Date: Sunday, October 9, 2022
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Salt Lake (-110) Portland (+260)
Rio Tinto Stadium is the site where the Timbers (11-13-9) will try to defeat Real Salt Lake (11-11-11) on Sunday. RSL opens at -110 while the Timbers are at +260. The over/under comes in at 2.5. The expected starting goalkeepers will be Zac MacMath for Real Salt Lake and Aljaz Ivacic for Portland Timbers.
The Claret and Cobalt are 17th concerning goals expected having 43.3, and their xGA are coming in at 44.5. RSL has relinquished 44 goals while conceding 1.33 goals per 90, and their oppositition have recorded 137 shots on target on them. The team's goal differential is currently at -4 by 40 goals notched and also 44 goals allowed. They have amassed 10 clean sheets, which has them at a percentage of 30.3 this year. Real Salt Lake has accumulated 97 saves and also hold a save % of 72.3 so far this year. Salt Lake has compiled 68 yellow cards the season and also 1 red card. On the year, the club is sitting with an average of 1.33 points per contest (44 pts) and are 18th in MLS with 30 assists.
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On the campaign, Portland has a save % of 71.4 (168 SoT against), and also are ranked 11th in the league with 46 pts. The Timbers are sitting with an average of 1.4 pts/match while earning 34 assists and 5 red cards. The Portland Timbers have recorded 52 goals and their expected goals this year is currently at 46.5. Portland has tallied a clean sheet % of 18.2 the year and 92 yellow card cautions. This team's goals against per 90 min is at 1.48 with 119 saves, and they have a total of 6 shut outs. Portland ranks 12th in relation to goals relinquished with 50, and their goal differential is 2.
The guy protecting the net for Salt Lake will be Zac MacMath. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.29 (298 goals allowed) and he has earned a save percentage of .709. MacMath (79-70-81 record in his career) has earned 68 shutouts, which gives him a 29.6% clean sheet percentage. MacMath has seen the field a total of 20,768 mins and has 693 stops so far in his career. The goalie from the United States has faced 977 shots tried at him in 230 starts.
Aljaz Ivacic will reside in front of the net for Portland. He has conceded 1.61 goals per 90 and he has earned a record of 29-29-29. Ivacic has racked up 17 clean sheets and has defended 438 shots tried against him in 7,881 minutes throughout his career. So far in his career, Ivacic has surrendered 141 goals while earning 300 stops in 87 starts. He sports a save % of .685 and his shutout rate is currently 19.5%.
Pablo Ruiz is one guy who can make a noticable difference for Salt Lake. The midfielder who is from Argentina has accumulated 3 goals scored in 7,518 minutes played. Ruiz has been given a starting assignment in 86 contests thus far in his career and he accounts for 0.04 goals per 90 mins. He has accounted for 9 assists while accumulating 24 yellow card warnings in his career.
Portland has playmaker in Santiago Moreno, who has been known to frustrate defenses. He has earned 6 yellow cards during his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 14 times. The forward from Colombia has been on the field for 4,812 mins and has scored 13 goals. He currently averages 0.24 G/90 and has been a starter in 54 contests during his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Salt Lake (-110)
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