The Portland Timbers have gone off the boil in recent weeks, winning just two of their last five matches in all competitions. Still fourth in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference, the Timbers are primed to challenge for the MLS Cup – a playoff berth looks likely at this moment in in time.
Meanwhile, Montreal have won six of their previous seven games and the Impact are full of confidence ahead of this fixture. The Canadian outfit are starting to climb the Eastern ladder and it would take a brave man to back against Montreal here. It won’t be easy but this is a very winnable away fixture based on recent results.
This is the one and only time these two clubs will go up against each other this season and it could turn out to be an open and expansive affair. Expecting a hatful of goals may be unwise though; neither side is known for its goal scoring ability and this could turn out to be more of a tactical chess match than anything else.
Despite their recent struggles, Portland head into this one as red hot favourites to emerge victorious. 8/13 isn’t much of a price considering their current form and punters may be tempted to look elsewhere in the betting. Home advantage will give the Timbers some kind of boost but punters shouldn’t get carried away. Montreal are well equipped to combat Portland’s offensive power.
Backing the draw might be the best option in a fixture like this. It really is too close to call and bettors may have a tough job honing in on the best markets. At 5/2 with 888sport, a share of the spoils looks to be the smart option – neither club will want to lose at this stage of the campaign.
Canadian soccer fans can back Montreal at a very appealing 4/1 with William Hill. All signs point towards a close affair but Montreal could edge it; they certainly head into this one in better form. The Impact are well placed to push on and enjoy a successful 2018 campaign if they continue to shine and they will see this one as a winnable fixture.
Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets
Montreal’s defensive unit has been very impressive in recent weeks and another solid show could be on the cards here. Portland will be going all out for the win and the Impact must stand tall to prevent the Timbers from scoring. An away clean sheet looks unlikely but is well priced at 6/1 with Betway for those who fancy an assured defensive performance.
The under/over line is worth considering and it may be worth sticking with a low scoring affair in this particular market. Under 3.5 goals is 8/15 and that price is suitable for sticking in an accumulator – punters are used to betting overs on Major League Soccer fixtures but this has all the makings of a close contest.
A tough one to call and sticking with the draw might be the best bet. Montreal are in the ascendency but Portland have that class and home advantage could prove decisive. With that in mind, opting for the middle ground is preferred; a relatively low scoring draw is the way to go. Under 3.5 goals is the tip for accumulators but a correct score of 1-1 is not beyond the realms of possibility and should be considered at 7/1.
TIP: Under 3.5 goals (Priced at 8/15 with Betway)
CORRECT SCORE: Portland Timbers 1-1 Montreal Impact (Priced at 7/1 with 888sport)