After a brief blip, the Portland Timbers have found their mojo in recent weeks. Giovanni Savarese’s side are unbeaten in three Major League Soccer fixtures, winning their last two and a third successive victory looks likely this weekend. Portland are yet to taste defeat on home turf this campaign – the Timbers have won seven of their 10 matches at Providence Park.
With just one win in their last nine road games, the Vancouver Whitecaps may struggle to keep Portland at bay here. The Canadian outfit sit seventh in the MLS’ Western Conference – seven points behind the Timbers ahead of this weekend’s clash. On paper, this looks like a rather straightforward encounter for the hosts…
Portland have won the last three meetings between these two clubs and another victory for the Timbers beckons here. 2-1 has been a popular scoreline in this fixture in recent times and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Portland secure another win against this spirited Whitecaps outfit. Watch this space, it could turn out to be an enthralling contest.
Portland are well fancied to emerge victorious in this encounter and 10Bet punters can back the Timbers at 4/9 to secure another valuable three points. We’ve already discussed just how important homefield advantage is to Portland and it would take a brave man to write the Timbers off in this one. A win for Savarese’s men will see the hosts close the deficit to FC Dallas at the top of the Western Conference.
The 7/2 with Betway for a draw is generous – especially when you consider how the general pattern of this game will go. Vancouver are likely to adopt a defensive approach whilst the Timbers attempt to break them down and the Whitecaps could snatch a point if they stay strong at the back. Resolute defending is rare in the MLS but the Canadian side are one of the better teams at shutting up shop.
Or perhaps you fancy the visitors to grab a shock win? The Whitecaps are available at 5/1 with William Hill ahead of this one and there will be some fans out there backing the upset this weekend. It is going to take a monumental effort from Vancouver to topple Portland in front of an expectant Providence Park though – that may be a stretch too far.
Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets
The Timbers could run away with this one and fans may be tempted by the 6/4 on offer for over 2.5 home goals with Winner Sports. Portland have scored two or more goals in their last four fixtures at Providence Park and plenty of punters will be backing the Timbers to put in another entertaining performance on home turf.
In addition, the 2/1 available with 888sport for Portland to win with over 3.5 match goals is a price well worth taking. The Timbers are prone to conceding goals and Vancouver will be quietly confident of notching at least one. Over 3.5 goals was our winning tip in last week’s clash between Atlanta United and Toronto FC and another high-scoring encounter could be on the cards.
This is Portland’s match to lose and it would be foolish to back against the Timbers based on recent results. The hosts have won three on the spin against Vancouver and another victory beckons here. Canadian fans will be hoping for an upset but the Whitecaps may struggle to keep tabs on the red-hot Timbers.
TIP: Over 2.5 Portland Timbers goals (Priced at 6/4 with Winner Sports)
CORRECT SCORE: Portland Timbers 3-1 Vancouver Whitecaps (Priced at 11/1 with Betway)