MLS Soccer Betting: Dallas vs Portland
Friday, July 24th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Portland Timbers enter Toyota Stadium to face FC Dallas for the final time in the 2015 MLS regular season. However, the two are both battling for the post-season and could meet again in the playoffs if the cards fall a certain way.
Entering this weekend, Dallas is alone on top of the Western Conference standings with 35 points, but the lead is not a comfortable one and can turn on any given weekend in the West. The way the table currently sits, three points separate all six teams in playoff contention and only 11 points separate the entire Conference itself from top to bottom.
Portland took the first meeting between the clubs when they met at Providence Park in early April. If you recall, Dallas opened the season with three wins and a draw, and Portland handed them their first loss of the season at the time.
Portland enters this weekend trying to rebound from a physical game with Vancouver in the Cascadia Cup match up last weekend, although they did have a 4 - 3 win over English Premier League side Newcastle United during the week.
Dallas ended their U.S Open Cup campaign with a deflating 6 - 2 loss to Sporting KC on the first if July, and have since rebounded to go 3 - 0 in MLS action. With wins over New England, Orlando City and DC United, they have outscored their three opponents 7 - 1, with the one being an own goal against them in the most recent win 2 - 1 win over United at home.
It took a Fabian Castillo goal in the 92nd minute to reveal the winner of the game after a tight match that had a draw written all over it. Andy Dykstra could easily have been man of the match with a handful of saves that were spectacular. In extra time, Castillo grabbed a loose ball just outside the six-yard box, and slammed home the goal to clinch the win, while ripping off his jersey in celebration with the fans and his team.
Dallas has a trip to Chicago on deck next weekend, and will have a bye week before returning home to face the Galaxy onAugust 15.
Will Johnson is suspended for Portland this weekend after the red card he picked up last weekend against Vancouver, and Alvas Powell, Liam Ridgewell and Diego Chara are all a booking away from facing suspension as well.
Dallas does not have a single player's name on the official MLS injury report, but Atiba Harris would earn a suspension if he gets a card this weekend.
Last 12 MLS Meetings:
There has been 12 MLS meetings between the two teams, and Portland leads the way with 5 Wins, 4 Losses and 3 Draws
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Dallas -0.5 +110
Portland +0.5 -130
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Dallas is 7 - 2 - 1 at home this season, and have only surrendered nine goals in the 10 outings. They have scored at least one goal on seven occasions, with no less than two goals scored in six of their last seven home games.
Portland loves to say they hang their hat on their defense, and we have talked about it often here at DSI. Yes, they are very good as a defensive club ok, don't take it wrong. We have also seen this back line get chewed up and spit out from time to time. They have given up at least one goal in their last nine games from all competitions, and have been outscored 10 - 0 during their current three-game road losing streak.
That, as you might imagine, turns us to the total as a spot to make the suggestion box for this match, as a 2 - 1 score when these two get done with each other, has a cashed ticket written all over it.
At a mere -105 towards the Over 2.5, we could potentially see this done by half time, and they should since we also see the both teams to score prop bet set up for a yes at -140 at most sites, so we agree.
Goals find the net, and we find our way to the window with a cashed ticket on the Over 2.5 at -105.