Seattle Sounders FC vs Portland Timbers Prediction, 6/3/2023 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Seattle Sounders FC vs Portland Timbers
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2023
Location: Lumen Field in Seattle, WA
TV: Apple TV - MLS Season Pass
Odds/Point Spread: Seattle (-168) Portland (+440)
The Timbers (4-4-7) are hitting the road to Lumen Field on Saturday where they will take on the Sounders (8-2-6). The Timbers are priced at +440 while the Sounders are at -168. The over/under comes in at 2.5. The starting goaltenders will be Stefan Frei for Seattle and Aljaz Ivacic for Portland.
The Sounders have a ranking of 1st in relation to expected goals having 27.8, and the squad's expected goals against are coming in at 16.3. The Sounders have allowed 14 goals while relinquishing 0.87 goals per 90 min, and the opposition have recorded 57 SoT on them. Their difference in goals is currently at 7 with the help of 21 goals scored and 14 goals given up. They have amassed 8 shut outs, which has them sitting at a rate of 50.0% so far this season. Seattle Sounders FC has accounted for 44 SVs and have a save percentage of 75.4 the year. Seattle has compiled 32 yellow card warnings so far this year and 1 red card. This season, this club averages 1.63 pts/match (26 points) and also sit at 17th in MLS with 13 assists.
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On the season, Portland has a save % of 70.1 (77 shots on target against), and are 24th in the league with 16 pts. The Timbers average 1.07 pts/match while accumulating 15 assists. The Portland Timbers have totaled 19 goals and their expected goals over the course of the season is 15.3. Portland has accumulated a clean sheet percentage of 20.0% so far this season as well as 34 yellow cards. Their goals against/90 min is currently at 1.60 with 55 saves, and they are sitting with 3 shut outs. Portland is ranked 23rd when it comes to goals allowed with 24, and the difference in goals is coming in at -5.
The man who will protect the net for Seattle will be Stefan Frei. Frei has seen the field for 9,049 minutes and has tallied 256 saves in his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.11 (112 total goals allowed) and he has a save percentage of .703. The goalkeeper born in Switzerland has seen 364 shots sent his way in 100 career starting assignments. Frei (44-22-34 record in his career) has recorded 33 shutouts, which has earned him a 33.0% clean sheet rate.
Aljaz Ivacic will reside in front of the goal for Portland. Ivacic has racked up 8 clean sheets while he has seen 324 shots against him in 5,541 mins throughout his career. He has a save percentage of .676 and his clean sheet rate sits at 13.1%. He has conceded 1.79 goals per 90 while he holds a record of 20-18-23. So far in his career, Ivacic has conceded 110 goals and has accumulated 219 saves in 61 starting assignments.
Nicolas Lodeiro is a member of the team who can help decide the match for Seattle. The midfielder from Uruguay has racked up 49 goals scored in 18,400 minutes played. Lodeiro has been in the starting lineup in 201 matches thus far in his career and he scores 0.24 goals per 90 minutes. He has accounted for 61 assists while earning 35 yellow card warnings so far in his career.
Portland has a player in Santiago Moreno, who can change the course of a fixture. He sports an average of 0.19 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 69 games in his pro soccer career. The forward from Colombia has been on the pitch for 6,004 mins while scoring 13 goals. He has totaled 8 yellow cards thus far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 17 times.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (+440)
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