MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Portland vs Sporting KC
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015By Ej Garr
Soccer Odds: The Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City square off in the knockout round of the Western Conference playoffs, with one game deciding who will advance to face Vancouver at BC Place in the semifinals. It took until the 83rd minute of the third regular season meeting between the teams to find the first and only goal scored in the series, after two scoreless draws left each team with a point from the first two games.
Sporting Kansas City advanced to the post-season after a 2 - 1 home win against the defending champion LA Galaxy in what was labeled #DecisionDay around MLS on the finalSundayof the season. Sporting KC was enduring a two-game losing streak entering the final weekend, with their most recent loss coming against Colorado at Sporting Park against a Rapids club who were the first to be knocked out of post-season contention in the West.
After entering the league as the Wizards in 1996, Kansas City is entering their fifth straight post-season and is making their 14th playoff appearance in their 20th MLS season. With nine other franchises that took part in the inaugural season, the restructuring of the club name came in the 2010 season, revolving around the finishing of Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.
Lamar Hunt, whose name is associated with the U.S Open Cup, among other achievements in the landscape of soccer in the United States, is responsible for forming the franchise that won their third U.S Cup this past September.
Sporting took on the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park, and took an eight-round shootout win to add to their 2004 and 2012 trophies in the U.S Open Cup in their history.
Sporting has two MLS Cups to their credit, the most recent coming just two seasons ago, with the first that opened the Millennium season in 2000.
Sporting appeared in, and lost, last year's knockout round against the Red Bulls, as they were spending their last season in the Eastern Conference after shifting to the West this year with Houston. Orlando City and NYCFC were integrated to MLS this season, which forced realignment to keep 10 clubs in each Conference.
The Portland Timbers are riding a three-game win streak into the playoffs, after coming in a tie with Vancouver on 53 points. This left them in third place due to having only 15 wins to the Whitecaps 16 victories.
Portland is in their fifth MLS season since joining the league in 2011, and are making their second post-season appearance after advancing to the 2013 Western Conference finals. The Timbers got past Cascadia Cup rival Seattle in the conference semifinals, before bowing out to Real Salt Lake, who lost to Sporting KC in the finals that season.
Last 8 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have only met 8 times in MLS action, with Sporting KC leading the series having 4 Wins, 2 Losses and 2 Draws.
Three of those meetings came in this year's regular season, and it took until the 83rd minute of the third outing to give us the only goal scored in the series.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Portland -0.5 -120
KC +0.5 +100
Total O/U 2.5:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
With the final contest between the teams in October finally giving us a goal in the season series, it is still fresh in our minds that these two needed 263 minutes to find the first and only goal that was scored.
Sporting is looking to add to their trophy case in hopes of earning the double, which has not happened since the 2005 season when the Galaxy last accomplished the feat.
The line setters are certainly not shying away from the fact that these two met three times and produced practically no offense, while listing the Under 2.5 at -130.
Kansas City has much more depth upfront, and are coming off a victory of Los Angeles on the regular season's final day to be in this position, even though San Jose did lose their final game as well.
Sporting is 3 - 1 in games played in Portland, and we hope that carries over at least to see a draw as we put the +0,5 handicap offer on Kansas City's handicap offer at +100.
We can almost assuredly expect that low-scoring game that we have seen three times, but at -130, the comfort level is not exactly there, so we would rather suggest the +0.5 on the away side to hopefully move on to face Vancouver in the next round.