MLS Soccer Betting: Portland vs New England
Saturday, June 6th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The New England Revolution arrives at Providence Park struggling to find wins lately and having to settle for four draws and a loss in their last five outings. The Revolution has still managed to have a secure grasp on the two spot in the Eastern Conference, but at the same time they are watching DC United start to open up a seven-point lead at the top of the table.
New England will get back Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney for this weekend's game after serving their suspensions for red cards that they acquired in the DC United match, which resulted in each missing the game with LA this past weekend. Their presence will likely be felt in the locker room and on the field, at a place that they have never scored a goal.
The 2 - 2 draw with Los Angeles for New England last time out had a fast pace, as Teal Bunbury got the show started just five minutes into the game. After taking a cross that found its way through the entirety of the goal mouth, Bunbury crashed the far post and slammed home the opening goal of the game.
The Galaxy rebounded to take a 2 - 1 lead with goals from Iganicio Maganto and Gyasi Zardes before the half-hour mark, but New England found the equalizer in the 37th minute. The teams went to the half at 2 - 2, and neither side was able to find a third, giving them both a point in the outing.
The Revolution will be without Jermaine Jones, Juan Agudelo and Darrius Barnes, with Jones also being a scratch for the U.S Men's Team for the two friendlies, but Agudelo will be on the U.S. roster.
Portland Captain Will Johnson will be traveling with the Canadian National Team for World Cup Qualifying onJune 11 and 16. They are also asking him to compete in the Gold Cup matches this summer. Johnson is just getting back in form after the eight-month layoff from a broken leg injury, which has seen him only make one appearance in a Timber uniform in 2015.
The Timbers have actually done better away from home than at Providence Park in the early going, with 10 of their 19 points coming on the road.
Portland is riding a modest two-game win streak, with wins over DC United and Colorado, and the Timbers will play two games at home over the next three weekends with a bye week in between.
The 2 - 1 win over Colorado this past weekend for the Timbers was a classic game, that saw an extra time goal decide the bout. Colorado came out in a 4-2-3-1 formation, which they have not utilized much this season. Portland was the team to take the 1 - 0 lead, after Gaston Fernandez found the net in the 38th minute. Fernandez had not scored a goal since the last time they faced Colorado, in September, 2014. The goal was created off the vision of Max Urruti, who found Fernandez making the break down the left side of the box.
Colorado equalized with only a minute left in regulation time, but the Timbers found the game winner in the third minute of extra time. Jack Jewsbury took a lunging feed from Ishmael Yartley, who should have been given the assist, and smashed home the game winner, sending the fans into a frenzy of celebration.
Last 5 MLS Meetings:
The two have met 5 times in MLS action since 2011, and the series is tied.
Each team has a win, and they have played to 3 draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
N England +300
Portland -0.5 -105
N England +0.5 -115
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
New England will not travel further West than Chicago for the rest of the season, making this their second of only two appearances on the West Coast in 2015.
We are hearing that Diego Valeri is close to seeing the field again, and his presence would be welcomed for the Timbers.
Both of these offenses have the ability to score early and often, and that will lead us in to our final play of theSaturdayslate.
Once again, we hope to catch the line setters asleep at the wheel, because this +110 offered on the Over 2.5 is exactly where we are going in this one.
A 2 - 1 match is certainly within reason, so why worry about who comes out on top when we can simply hope the two find the three goals that cash our tickets.