Portland Timbers vs Sporting KC Prediction, 2/25/2023 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Timbers vs Sporting KC
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Location: Providence Park in Portland, OR
TV: Apple TV - Free
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+103) Kansas City (+255)
Providence Park is the site where Sporting KC (11-7-16 last season) will attempt to beat the Portland Timbers (11-13-10 last year) on Saturday. Sporting Kansas City is priced at +255 while the Timbers are at +103. The over/under has been set at 2.75. The expected starting goalkeepers are Aljaz Ivacic for Portland and Tim Melia for Kansas City.
The Timbers ranked 11th in relation to goals expected with 50.3, and the xGA were sitting at 51.8. Portland conceded 53 goals while conceding 1.56 goals per 90, and the opposition earned 173 shots on target against them. The team's goal differential was at 0 with 53 goals scored and also 53 goals given up. They compiled 6 clean sheets, which had them at a percentage of 17.6% last season. Portland amassed 121 SVs and also earned a SV% of 69.9 in the previous season. Portland accounted for 94 yellow card warnings the prior year and 5 red cards. The prior year, this team finished with an average of 1.35 points per match (46 pts) and also ranked 11th in the league with 35 assists.
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Kansas City accounted for 42 goals and the squad's expected goals last season was sitting at 38.8. The team's goals against per 90 was 1.59 in addition to 83 saves, and they accounted for 8 clean sheets. Last season, KC had a save percentage of 63.8 (138 SoT against), and they also sat at 23rd in MLS with 40 pts. Kansas City sat at 23rd in goals conceded with 54, and their goal differential was sitting at -12. Kansas City sat with a clean sheet rate of 23.5% in the prior season and also 64 yellow card warnings. The Wizards finished with an average of 1.18 points per contest while totaling 21 assists and 6 red cards.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Portland is Aljaz Ivacic. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.64 (145 total goals allowed) and he holds a save percentage of .682. Ivacic (29-29-30 record in his career) has totaled 17 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 19.3% shutout percentage. Ivacic has been on the pitch a total of 7,971 mins and is sitting with 302 stops in his career. The goalie from Slovenia has faced 443 shots sent in his direction in 88 starts.
Tim Melia will be residing in front of the goal for Kansas City. Melia has racked up 78 shutouts and defended 1,153 shots tried against him in 25,035 mins throughout his career. He has earned a save % of .685 and his shutout rate sits at 28.0%. He has surrendered 1.34 goals per 90 mins while he holds a record of 107-66-107. So far in his career, Melia has conceded 374 goals and has accounted for 790 stops in 279 starting assignments.
Santiago Moreno is a member of the team you are going to want to keep your eye on for Portland. He has totaled 14 assists while earning 6 yellow card cautions thus far in his career. The forward born in Colombia has earned 13 goals in 4,885 professional minutes played. Moreno has been a starter in 55 matches in his career and accounts for 0.24 G/90.
Kansas City is being led by Remi Walter, who has been known to frustrate defenses. He is averaging 0.06 goals per 90 and has been a starter in 158 contests so far in his pro soccer career. The midfielder representing France has 14,250 minutes while earning 9 goals. He has tallied 10 yellow cards during his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 8 times.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (+255)
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