MLS Soccer Betting: Dallas vs Portland
Friday, April 3rd, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Portland and Dallas face off for their first of two meetings this season when they meet at Providence Parkthis Saturday.
Dallas comes off what they must see as a positive result last weekend, after going down a man in the 18th minute against Seattle, and managing to keep the game scoreless. They came away with a point that keeps them in first place in the Western Conference where they have been since opening weekend. Kellyn Acosta was given an early shower for Dallas, in what was a controversial decision after a hard tackle by the defensemen was not called right away.
The referee chased him down after play had stopped and, instead of the yellow card that might have been deserved, he sent Acosta off the field, leaving Dallas shorthanded for the last 72 minutes of regulation time.
Dallas actually had the first chance to score when Michel rang a free kick off the crossbar just outside the 18 yard box, although they did not officially put any shots on goal. Fortunately for them, Seattle was also held without a shot on goal, although there were a couple of great chances from Chad Barrett that he should have likely converted.
Portland seemingly had a point in hand last weekend when they took on Vancouver at BC Place. Fanendo Adi found the equalizing goal in the 82nd minute to tie the game at 1. However, he couldn’t hold on to the draw when Robert Earnshaw, who was making his season debut for Whitecaps, found himself alone in the box and chipped a shot past the Timbers keeper, sending the BC Place crowd into an absolute frenzy. The referee had just given the signal to add 3 minutes to regulation time and just seconds after the clock hit 90, Earnshaw took his first real touch of the game, to give Vancouver their third straight win on the year.
Last 11 MLS Meetings:
These two have met 11 times in MLS league play, with Portland leading the series with 4 wins, 3 losses and 4 draws. Portland also won the only U.S Cup meeting the two have had, which came in 2013.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Dallas +0.5 -135
Portland -0.5 +115
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Dallas may be without Kellyn Acosta on the back line this weekend, but at least they do not have to play with 10 men for over 70 minutes of the game. His loss won’t be all that significant, and Dallas should be able to find a replacement on the left side of the back line, be it that it will change the lineup a bit.
Portland knows they let points escape them last weekend, when they had seemingly put the draw in their hands only to let Vancouver take a clearance from their goalkeeper that only took 3 passes to find Earnshaw alone in the box to rip their hearts out.
It is absolutely amazing to see even money on this total to go Over the 2.5. As we saw in the three meetings last year, the scoring opportunities were seen often. Four of the last five meetings, including the U.S Cup meeting, have gone over the total and these two do not exactly love each other, to say the least.
Dallas will be happy to be back at even strength after such a pressure situation last week when they played that much of the game down a man, although Seattle was depleted, playing without Dempsey, Martins, Pappa, among others.
This Over 2.5 will certainly make our board at +100, and we expect a good bit of back and forth in this one.