MLS Soccer Betting: Portland vs NY Red Bulls
Saturday, September 19th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: In an East meets West battle, the Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls each have a spot in playoff positions entering the weekend and they both look to improve on their current placement in the standings. The Red Bulls are in the thick of the hunt for the Supporters Shield designation that brings home field advantage throughout the post-season. As we enter the round, New York sits three points behind Vancouver in the West, with Los Angeles, Dallas and New England just a point or two ahead of them in the chase.
New York blew an opportunityon Wednesdayto surpass New England for first place in the Eastern Conference, as it seems no one can slow down the Revolution as the season winds down.
The match got off to a crazy start, with each team finding the net in less than six minutes, but the Revs’ Kelyn Rowe scored the only goal of the second half to secure three points at home in the 2 - 1 win for New England. However, the Red Bulls do have two games in hand on New England, Columbus, and DC United, who are also in the top four of the Eastern Conference standings with the Bulls.
With a win for the New York side, they can clinch a playoff berth, but there are also other scenarios that can push the Red Bulls through to the post-season. With a draw combined with a NYCFC loss or draw to San Jose, and an Orlando City loss or draw to Chicago that would be enough to earn a playoff spot. New York can also back their way in this weekend if they lose, with a NYCFC loss or draw, a Philadelphia loss or draw, and if Chicago and Orlando City also draw.
Portland sits in a tie for the fifth position with Sporting Kansas City with 41 points, but are officially in sixth place as we enter the weekend. The Timbers do, however, have a three-game streak without a win to contend with, as they have two draws wrapped around a loss as they enter their home affair with New Yorkon Sunday.
The Timbers will be playing three of their last five games away from home after this match, with trips to Columbus, Salt Lake and Los Angeles to go along with two home games against Sporting Kansas City and Colorado.
There are no new injuries to report for either side, although New York has two suspended players this weekend. Connor Lade and Dax McCarty picked up yellow cardson Wednesday, and that will earn them a seat on the bench this weekend. The loss of McCarty is obviously the most impactful of the two, and his presence will, no doubt, be missed.
Last 5 MLS Meetings:
The two have met only 5 times in MLS action, with the Red Bulls leading the series having 2 Wins, 1 Loss and 2 Draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Portland -0.5 +120
NY +0.5 -140
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
The two are obviously unfamiliar with each other with one meeting a year to speak of between the teams in the last three years.
The Red Bulls will return home for a three-game home stand against Orlando City, Columbus, and Montreal upon exiting Providence Park, and will be playing four of their next five at Red Bull Arena, with a season finale at Toyota Park against Chicago.
Four of the five all-time meetings between the teams has gone over the total, but there is almost zero to take from that since the two really don't see each other too often.
Portland can ill-afford to get into an up-and-down affair with the Red Bulls, and we know the Timbers pride themselves on the defensive side of the ball.
We are going to offer the Under 2.5 at +115 here at Providence Park, expecting a long night of misfired shots, and unsuccessful set pieces, with a 1 - 1 score in mind.