MLS Soccer Betting: Portland vs San Jose
Friday, July 3rd, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes meet for the first time in 2015, with only three points separating the two clubs in the Western Conference standings. San Jose has only one win in the series that dates back to 2011, when the Portland Timbers first entered MLS as an expansion franchise, although there has been six draws in 11 all-time meetings. Both teams are coming off July 1 losses in the U.S Open Cup and were held to clean sheets in their round of 16 outings.
San Jose lost 1 - 0 to the LA Galaxy at Avaya Stadium, after defeating the Galaxy the weekend before in MLS action at Stanford Stadium, 3 -1. Jose Villarreal scored in the 6th minute of the game, which will see the Galaxy moving on to face Real Salt Lake in quarterfinals. Portland lost 2 - 0 on the road to the same Real Salt Lake club that the Galaxy will be facing next in the Cup.
Prior to the loss for San Jose against LA in the U.S Open Cup outing, the Quakes have been among the hottest teams in all of MLS, only suffering one loss in their last nine league games. They have not fared well in their history against Portland, and have never won an MLS game in the state of Oregon.Portland took last year's series with two wins and a draw in the three regular season meetings, which contributed to the Quakes last place finish in the Western Conference in 2014.
These two will meet for the second and final time in the regular season onAugust 2at Avaya Stadium, and San Jose will be making a trip to Vancouver and Los Angeles in their only two MLS games on the July schedule before their next encounter.
They will have a couple of friendlies with Club América and Manchester United of the English Premier League mixed in the July schedule, but obviously there will not be much emphasis on those two affairs.
Portland has a strange schedule ahead of them, as they will pack their bags for a game against Philadelphia next weekend, and then returning home to face Western Conference leaders Vancouver onJuly 18. The Timbers will end the month with a trip to Dallas and, as mentioned, start August with a rematch with San Jose on the road.
11 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met 11 times in MLS history, with the Portland Timbers leading the series having 4 Wins, 1 Loss and 6 Draws
1x2 3-Way Lines:
San Jose +525
Portland -1 +100
San Jose +1 -120
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
This game was originally slated for a2 PMkickoff in PT, but a heat advisory, in conjunction with ESPN2 televising the game have now moved the start of the match to 8 PM PT.
San Jose will be without their leader Chris Wondolowski, who is serving international duty with the U.S National Team for the Gold Cup.
The Timbers have allowed just one goal in the last 455 minutes of action at Providence Park, and have outscored their opponents 14 - 6 in their nine home games thus far.
Without Wondo in the lineup for the Quakes, it will certainly make us shy away from recommending anything towards success of San Jose on the road.
Obviously, the -175 on the 3-Way line on the home side is completely untouchable, but to see an even money +100 on the -1, certainly grabs our attention.
Portland should likely find success at home as they have all season, and the +100 line on the home handicap line is suitable enough for us to throw it down as a play in this match.
Portland -1 is the suggested action to wrap up this week's round in MLS actionon Sunday.