MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Portland vs Sporting Kansas City
Tuesday, September 8th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Portland and Sporting KC will face off twice in the next 25 days to finish off their three-game season series, and Portland will have the luxury of hosting both affairs at Providence Park. Both teams enter their mid-week match tied for the two final spots in the Western Conference playoff picture with 40 points, although Portland does have two games in hand on Sporting Kansas City.
Sporting Kansas City has fallen in the Western Conference standings lately, with their three-game losing streak in tow entering the game. Their 3 - 3 - 6 road record will be tested even further, as they face three road games in their next four outings.
The return of Matt Besler from international duty with the U.S Men's National Team could help ease the course for Sporting, although there are still some injuries facing head coach Peter Vermes. We know that Ike Opara and Roger Espinoza are dealing with significant time away from the field as we have updated constantly, but five players also are in doubt for this affair.
Soni Mustivar is dealing with a left groin strain, while Amobi Okugo's knee sprain, Bernardo Anor's left ankle sprain, Jalil Anibaba's left thigh strain, and Chance Myers' hammy have all five players listed on the MLS injury report as questionable or out.
Krisztian Nemeth is also likely out after taking part in Hungary's Euro 2016 campaign just two days ago, earning his 19th international cap while trying to keep his nation alive in third place in Group F.
Sporting's defense is again at the head of the issues as to why this current three-game losing streak is haunting them. With 10 goals surrendered to San Jose, Columbus and Colorado combined, which includes a 5 - 0 drubbing at home by the Quakes to start off the stretch of defeats, Sporting only has nine games left to right the ship, and get back on track.
We mentioned the three road games in the next four games for Sporting, but in all actuality they will finish the season with 6 road games, that also includes a road game that decide the U.S Open Cup, when they play the Union at PPL Park onSeptember 30.
Portland has only suffered a single defeat at Providence Park this season, which came at the hands of Orlando City way back in April. The Timbers, however, are seeking to stretch their home streak without a loss to ten games despite being the only team in the top eight of the Western Conference to have given up more goals than they have scored this year.
Portland finished their Cascadia Cup quest this past weekend with Seattle, and will be finishing last place no matter the result of the final meeting that will take place between Seattle and Vancouver onSeptember 19.
The Timbers will be playing three of their next four games at Providence Park, and will have 10 days off to prepare for the Red Bulls visit to Oregonnext Sundaynight. Their one stop away from home in that stretch will be at MAPFRE Stadium to face the Columbus Crew, before returning home to face this same Sporting KC club onSaturday, October 3.
Last 6 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have only met 6 times in MLS action, with Sporting KC holding a 3 Win, 2 Loss and 1 Draw advantage in the all-time series.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Portland -0.5 -120
KC +0.5 +100
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
It is certainly strange how the two have gotten themselves tied with 40 points in the Western Conference.
Sporting could easily be vying for the best record in all of MLS if not for the three-game losing streak that couldn't have come at a worse time of the year.
Portland's home dominance is hard to ignore, but they still have been outscored by a -3 ratio, and are coming off a crazy loss to Seattle where they threw 20 shots towards frame.
Kansas City just does not have any rhythm, and can't seem to stop anyone at all lately, and a road game in Portland will probably not make that any easier to break the recent run of poor results.
We are suggesting the -120 on the Timbers 3-Way line to take all three points and continue their home success.