MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Portland vs DC United
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Portland Timbers come into their match with DC United at Providence Park as generous favorites, with injuries starting to take over the story line for the team from the nation’s capital. DC United has a growing list of players who will not be appearing in the mid-week match, with Michael Farfan being the most recent addition to the absences for Coach Ben Olsen to deal with.
Farfan left the game over the weekend with a hamstring issue in the 38th minute of the match against New England, which resulted in a 1 - 1 draw at Gillette Stadium. The game was played with high intensity, as each team tried to secure first place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Two red cards were given to the Revolution, as Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney were both sent off just six minutes apart in the second half. New England had a 1 - 0 halftime lead erased when Farfan's replacement, Jairo Arrieta, leveled the game at one in the 80th minute playing, with United playing 11 vs 9 for the last half-hour of the game.
Portland is facing a two-game losing streak and the next two games without their midfielder Diego Valeri, who just returned from injury just two weeks ago. Valeri had to be replaced in the 25th minute byGastón Nicolás "The Cat" Fernández after hurting his ankle. Coach Caleb Porter was quoted as saying that he expects Valeri to miss both this match, and the weekend's match against Colorado.
Portland's midfield is now without three players again, as Ben Zemanski is still recovering from ACL surgery on his left knee that he hurt in the pre-season, and Will Johnson is still making his way back from the broken leg.
The Timbers have now only won one game in their last five outings, and the goal scoring issues might be a factor again with Valeri set to miss at least two games. They are tied with Colorado at the bottom of the Western Conference with 13 points, and have only 10 goals scored through 12 games played.
Last 5 MLS Meetings:
Portland and DC United have met 5 times in MLS action, with Portland leading the series having 2 Wins, 1 Loss and a Draw.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Portland -0.5 -140
United +0.5 +120
Total O/U 2.5:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
It certainly makes sense to see the Under 2.5 juiced at -135, with the line setters expecting a low-scoring affair at Providence Park.
The loss of Valeri again for the Timbers is undoubtedly a setback, especially with Portland losing their last two road games of the three-game trip. They will also face New England, Los Angeles and Seattle in three of their four game schedule for June, so there is no rest for the weary.
DC United are completing a three-game road trip, as they have one point to show from the two games thus far, and have only a single goal scored as well. The loss of Michael Farfan is also a concern going forward, but it is not like they have a weak midfield without him, as Kitchen, Rolfe Pontius, Arnaud and Doyle certainly are not to be taken lightly.
We are going against the grain on this one, and expect DC United to come out of Providence Park with some type of result. We enjoyed the +0.5 with United vs New England, and we will hope to enjoy the same success with the exact handicap line of +0.5 at +120 with the away side in this one.