MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI Portland vs Kansas City
Friday, March 20th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Portland and Kansas City are still both seeking their first win of the season, when they meet at Sporting Parkthis Saturday. Portland has played two contrasting matches to start 2015, with a 0 - 0 draw against Real Salt Lake to open the season, and a 2 - 2 result with the defending Champion Los Angeles Galaxy last weekend. Both of their games took place at home in Providence Park. Obviously, that makes this the first game away from home for the Timbers this year, and they won both recent meetings the two have played here at Sporting Park.
Last season, Portland won 3 - 1 in their U.S Cup encounter and, in their only meeting in the 2013 MLS season, Portland again scored three goals in a 3 - 2 win.
Last weekend, the Timbers had the Galaxy on the ropes, when Adi scored his second goal in the 90th-minute to seemingly secure three points in a big home win, but the Galaxy found the net in the second minute of extra time to salvage the draw, leaving Portland wondering how they let the lead disappear in only two minutes.
Kansas City played a 1 - 1 draw to open the season at home with the Red Bulls, and got soundly defeated last weekend 3 - 1 by first place Dallas FC. Dom Dwyer blew a chance from the spot to cut the lead to 3 - 2 in the 78th-minute, which would have given Sporting a fighting chance with just over 10 minutes left in regulation.
The two sit in 8th and 9th place in the Western Conference standings, making it obvious that a win is of the utmost importance on either side of the field.
Last 5 MLS Meetings:
These two have only met 5 times in league play, with Sporting KC leading 3 wins to 2. However, Portland knocked KC out of the U.S Cup last year with a 3 - 1 win in Sporting Park.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Kansas City +105
Portland +0.5 -125
Kansas City -0.5 +105
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction Quick Analysis:
Kansas City has not been able to stop either team from finding the net in their two outings so far, and Portland comes off the debacle as we mentioned that let LA simply steal a win from them in their own park.
The time is certainly now for these two teams to get in gear, because starting the season with three games played and no wins to show for it could put someone in an early hole that might not be so easy to climb out of this year. We cannot imagine these two sitting back and hoping to let the game come to them. We have seen that Fanendo Adi is also playing well for Portland, scoring both goals last weekend.
Even though we know that Portland had a nice shutout streak going into last weekend, we still cashed that Over with LA and Portland, even though it took 90 minutes for it happen. We know what they can do defensively, and they showed us last weekend that they do have the ability to put some passes together and create some chances.
Why not take a chance on this total to go Over, expecting both teams to come out aggressive and knowing that a poor start to the year could potentially put jobs in jeopardy, as well as playing time for some players being derailed?
We mention again that we did a ton of damage last year playing Over 2.5's at + money, and we see a lovely +105 on the hopes these two come out fighting to not get even further behind the 8-ball than they already are.
The Over 2.5 makes our board here, and the price is fair enough.