Los Angeles FC vs Portland Timbers (By: Blitz)
Los Angeles FC and Portland Timbers are two high-scoring teams: while LAFC wins most of those shootouts, Portland often loses or ties, but they fight and concede many.
This is a US Cup game, but these two teams know each other from the MLS, so these performances should continue in this game, especially since both have shown that they care about winning:
- LAFC scored 3 goals in both their last cup games beating a nice San Jose team 3-1 and RSL 3-0 while on the road.
- Portland recently beat LA Galaxy 4-0 and Seattle Sounders 2-1 in the last games of the cup.
In their last two overall games, LAFC has just scored 11 goals while conceding 1. Yes, a week before these games they lost 0-1 in a weird game against upcoming Colorado Rapids, but immediately they recovered their rhythm and destroyed Vancouver and Sporting Kansas City, at home and away.
On the other side, Portland's defense has been very good recently. They didn't allow one single goal in their last two games against New York City and FC Dallas, while they have conceded 3 goals in their last 6.
But LAFC is in another level, especially when they play at home. The last time these two teams faced each other was on June 1st, not long ago, when Portland received LAFC. That was the last time in which Portland's defense looked so vulnerable after losing 2-3. They were losing 0-2 at halftime and, even after they really tried, it was not possible to match LA's power.
Portland has seen at least one goal scored before half time in every single game they have played in the new season, both league and cup games.
On the other hand, LAFC is the top team scoring before half. It's amazing how often they manage to score in the first 10 minutes.
I expect a game with many scores. These two teams also are in the top about BTTS games. I expect Portland to give a fight, but LA at home is way too much. They are in a very nice streak and want to win it all.
Other bet suggestions:
- Over 1.5 goals before HT (1.85)
- BTTS before HT (3.75)
- Goal before HT (this would be a live bet: if after minute 20 the game is scoreless, I would bet with confidence that a goal will be scored by any team, most probably by LAFC)
Los Angeles FC vs Portland Timbers predictions
|LAFC Win and BTTS||Bet365||2.25||8||0-1 LOST (-8 units)|
Los Angeles FC vs Portland Timbers betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Blitz).