MLS Soccer Betting: Portland vs Seattle
Friday, April 24th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Portland and Seattle revisit their historic rivalry, which some may call the only true and real 'derby' in the United States. Of course the derby word is used all across European leagues, most commonly heard among English Premier League, but now it has spread all through Europe.
For those unaware, there is a Cascadia Cup in effect here as these two teams, along with Vancouver, play for a trophy that depends on the results at the end of the season. Overall, the two played four times last season, with three MLS encounters and a U.S Cup clash where Seattle won 3 - 1 in extra time. Portland's midfield has certainly made the news on the injury front, as five players from the position now appear on the MLS injury list.
The Timbers have won two of their last three MLS games. Last weekend, they won their match at Yankee Stadium by a score of 1 – 0, on the strength of a Dairon Asprilla goal in the 79th minute.
Only one point separates the teams in the Western Conference standings in the early going, and the rivalry is certainly alive. Obafemi Martins took home the MLS Goal of the Week. It was the third goal that got the fat lady started against Colorado in a 3 - 1 win for Seattle. It was not so much the goal, as it was the first touch he took from Andy Rose's send about 10 yards in front of the 18 yard box. Martins beat a 1-on-2 defense with a flick to create space, and snapped off a left-footed bullet to the back of the net.
It was the return from injury for midfielder Clint Dempsey who made an immediate impact on the match, feeding Lamar Neagle for his first goal of the game just five minutes after the whistle blew at the start of the game. Neagle scored again in the 27th minute to help Seattle regain the lead at 2 - 1, after Gabe Torres leveled the game at one in the 22nd minute for Colorado.
Seattle's Chad Marshall will be facing a suspension this weekend, which was handed down from the MLS Disciplinary Committee for a dangerous tackle against Colorado. As a result, it leaves the former MLS Defender of the Year on the sidelines.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Seattle leads the recent series with 4 wins, 3 losses, and 3 draws in the last 10 MLS meetings
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Portland +0.5 +105
Seattle -0.5 -125
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
The late news of Chad Marshall sitting out of the game is certainly worth noting, as his presence on that back line is as important as anyone on this Sounders roster.
Portland and Seattle simply do not like each other, and this will be a physical game, a borderline fight actually, between the two teams at Century Link Field.
However, Seattle is pretty tough to slow down on their home carpet, although if you recall last year's games between the two, the goals came in droves. The first 4 - 4 meeting of the 2014 season was an epic match, with Seattle being down 4 - 2 and scoring twice in the last 3 minutes to draw.
These two simply get up for each other and, with the recent history of the two teams, it points us right to a play on this total. With the line setters offering +105 on the action to see three goals cash an Over 2.5 ticket, there is nothing more left to be said about this game.