MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Real Salt Lake vs Portland
Friday, August 14th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Real Salt Lake will have two days to erase the memory of being knocked out of the U.S Open Cup by Kansas City, as they return home to face Portland at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday.
This is the third meeting of the season between the teams, although one of those meetings came at the U.S Open Cup in which Salt Lake prevailed at home with a 2 - 0 win. That win for Salt Lake continued the dominance in the series between the teams for the Utah side, as Portland has won only once in the last 13 MLS meetings, which came in their second meeting of the three-game set last season. The two will meet for the third regular season game onOctober 14here at Rio Tinto Stadium.
If you recall, and if you do you have a fantastic memory, the two met to get the 2015 campaign underway on opening day, with neither team able to find the net in a scoreless draw at Portland's Providence Park.
Entering the weekend, Salt Lake remains three points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference behind Seattle, who they face next weekend here at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Vancouver handed Salt Lake a brutal loss last weekend with a 4 - 0 win at BC Place, dominating every aspect in the stat sheet and on the field. RSL put only two shots on goal, while allowing two goals in both halves to the Western Conference leaders.
To add insult to injury so to speak, Salt Lake’s left back Abdoulie Mansally was given a straight red card with only two minutes remaining in regulation time, and will now be a spectator for the game this weekend. He will be sitting alongside Jordan Allen, Chris Schuler and possibly Nick Rimando, who are all listed as out or questionable this weekend, as each missed their last outing. And to update Jamison Olave's progress, he is still a few weeks away from recovering from the quad injury.
Portland comes into this weekend's round of games alone in fifth place in the West with 36 points, although they have only earned 11 of those points away from home, and have not won their last four away games.
The Timbers have been outscored 21 - 8 in their 12 games played away from Providence Park this season.
Portland did play to a scoreless draw with San Jose in their last road effort, and come into the weekend after taking out Chicago at home 1 - 0 last Saturday. Fanendo Adi scored the only goal of the game just three minutes in to the second half, which was the first shot of the game on frame for the Timbers. Portland returned to their defensive ways, limiting Chicago to only one shot on goal in the second half while taking a much-needed three home points.
Portland enters the weekend as healthy as they have been all season, with only the extended ACL injury to Ben Zemanski to speak of. Zamanski we know will not likely return to the field this year.
Last 14 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met 14 times in MLS action, with Real Salt Lake leading the series having 7 Wins, 2 Losses and 5 Draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
RSL Pk -110
Portland Pk -110
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
We knew right away when the line setters came out showing indecision on a winner, that the Draw no Bet option would be available at a reasonable price, and there sits the -110 on the Pk Handicap action on either team.
Portland won the first ever meeting between the teams back in April, 2011, and have only won once against Salt Lake over the last 13 games in the series.
At home we know that Real Salt Lake is tough, and they have used Rio Tinto Stadium well in trying to remain in the playoff hunt, although they have settled for six draws despite only losing once here.
We are calmly going to suggest the RSL Pk Draw no Bet action at -110 in this match, with the history stats on our side, the home team on our side, and the more desperate team needing points also on our side.
Even with a draw, we will simply walk away with no harm done, and live to bet another day.