MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Portland vs Vancouver
Friday, July 17th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Vancouver and Portland trail Seattle by a mere two points in their quest for the Cascadia Cup, as the Whitecaps hope to take home the trophy for the third straight season. Vancouver still has two matches remaining with Seattle, while the Timbers will only have one game left to play with the Sounders to decide the rivalry among the three teams.
The Cascadia Cup notwithstanding, the Western Conference table is extremely tight at the top, with Vancouver and Portland only separated by a single point for first place in the standings. Vancouver set their team record for away wins in a season over their five-game road trip through June and into July, but have since lost two straight outings to Colorado and Kansas City.
The goal in the 1 - 0 loss to Kansas City last weekend for Vancouver was unexpected to say the least, as Soni Mustivar was trying to send a ball into the box, but the defender blocked it and sent Mustivar backwards. With a flick back into the box facing his own goal, the ball came to the feet of Krisztian Nemeth, who sent the ball into the six-yard box. Kevin Ellis made no mistake with his header opportunity and completely quieted the BC Place crowd.
The Whitecaps find themselves tied with Seattle and Dallas with 32 points and leading the Western Conference. They have 14 games left on their regular season schedule and will play eight games in August in three competitions.
The Caps will be competing in the Canadian Championship finals against Montreal in mid-August, and will play in their first North American Champions League in team history.
Portland seemed to have gotten back on track after the 5 - 0 loss to the LA Galaxy, putting together two straight home wins over Seattle and San Jose entering last weekend. The Timbers made their final trip to the east coast last weekend to take on the Philadelphia Union, and the wheels fell off in the 69th minute of the game. The match was relatively even through the first 68 minutes, but the Timber defense allowed two goals in three minutes, and found themselves down 2 - 0 by the 71st minute. Vincent Nogueira scored two goals, with his second making it 3 - 0 in the 82nd minute, and that was all she wrote, as the Union took a much-needed three points from the Whitecaps.
In seven games played in Portland, Vancouver has only one win in the Beaver State which came in their first meeting of 2014.
The Timbers enter the weekend with a laundry list of players on the MLS injury report, with five players listed as questionable for the game, outside of Ben Zemanski ACL injury he sustained in the preseason against this same Vancouver club. Diego Chara (ankle sprain), Darlington Nagbe (shoulder sprain), Norberto Paparatto (calf injury), GK Adam Kwarasey (quad strain), and Maximiliano Urruti (quad strain) make up the list.
Last 13 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met 13 times in MLS action, with Portland leading the series having 6 Wins, 2 Losses and 5 Draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Portland -0.5 +105
Vancouver +0.5 -125
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
We enjoyed Sporting KC's victory over Vancouver last weekend, throwing a pleasant +170 on the board against them a week ago and cashing it out with the 1 - 0 win.
We are going to revert back to the hopes the Vancouver can get by Portland, or at least come up with some type of result this weekend, as Portland's defense is simply not all that and a bag of chips, like they try to advertise.
The prediction comes in as the +0.5 handicap on the Whitecaps, needing only a draw to cash the ticket, and if they win so be it, we will not argue with that result either, as both outcomes will support our prediction.
The Caps have already gotten a win and a draw in the season series, and hopefully they can manage to finish out the Timbers, and increase their lead in the Cascadia Cup standings as well.