MLS Soccer Betting: Portland vs Seattle
Saturday, June 27th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The last time Portland and Seattle squared off, Clint Dempsey had a complete breakdown in the U.S Open Cup and got himself suspended for three MLS matches. His suspension will be fully served after this weekend, but the health of Obafemi Martins is still of major concern for the Sounders going forward.
The Sounders have now lost three of their last four league games, and each of the two outings since the Dempsey banning, as a result of the Open Cup affair. Seattle has been held to a clean sheet in all three losses, and have also now been caught by Vancouver in the standings, being tied for the top spot with 29 points in the Western Conference.
The Sounders have a long list of names on the injury list headed to the weekend to add to Dempsey's suspension. We know Obafemi Martins is set to miss the next few weeks, while they are still without Chad Marshall, who has been out the last month. Osvaldo Alonso and Andres Correa will also sit this one out, while Brad Evans and Gonzalo Peneda will be game time decisions.
Seattle took the first game of the three-game regular season set, with a 1 - 0 win at CenturyLink Field back in April. The two will face off for the final segment of the Cascadia Cup series onAugust 30, back in Seattle.
The Portland Timbers entered their mid-week game with the Galaxy limiting their last six opponents to a total of five goals. The defending MLS champions lit up the Portland defenseon Wednesdayfor five goals of their own, continuing their torrid pace of late. The Galaxy has scored 16 goals in their last three outings, which includes a 6 - 1 win over PSA Elite in the U.S Open Cup, and two five-goal performances against the Union and Timbers.
With so much emphasis on the defensive side of the ball this year, the Timbers need to regroup quickly and manage their way through a depleted Sounders lineup at home if they want to keep pace in the West.
They will immediately pack their bags and head to Utah to prepare for their U.S Cup round of 16 games against Real Salt Lakeon Wednesday, only to return home and face the Earthquakes next weekend and putting the Timbers on the field three times in the next eight days.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Seattle lead the recent series with 5 Wins, 3 Losses and 2 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Portland -0.5 -115
Seattle +0.5 -105
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
As you may be aware, we have faded the Sounders in their last two outings, and gone 2 - 0 obviously, after not even being able to score on the Union last time out.
Seattle will once again be without Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans for the Gold Cup that beginson July 7, as the two will join the U.S team for the extent of the tournament. By the time they both get back, the team might be all the way back in the middle of the Western Conference standings, as they have already given up their lead after the poor stretch of results lately.
Of course we would love to continue to fade Seattle, as they simply do not have the team that can compete with anyone, when Martins and Dempsey are both off the field. The two of them present so many problems for opposing defenses, and open up things for everyone around them with the attention they get.
Since we do not expect much scoring to go on in this one, we would rather turn to the Under 2.5 at -105 than offer the Timbers at -115 on the 3-Way line.
Sure, we expect Portland to win, but they need to be able to score to do it, and they are not exactly one of the most dangerous teams in MLS on the offensive side of the ball.
The Under 2.5 at -105 goes in as our recommendation to close out the MLS weekend at Providence Parkon Sundaynight.