MLS Soccer Betting: Vancouver vs Portland
Friday, May 1st, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: This weekend, Portland and Vancouver meet for the second time in 2015, with the bitter rivals eager to revisit the Cascadia Cup rivalry.Portland plays their second straight Cascadia Cup match after losing 1 - 0 to Seattle last weekend, facing an 0 - 2 record in the three-way derby in the early going and having a 2 - 1 loss to Vancouver in the opening month.
Portland, Vancouver, and Seattle are all a part of the Cascadia Cup derby, and the team with the most points from all of their encounters takes home the Cascadia Cup at the end of the season. Vancouver comes in to the match in first place in the Western Conference, two points clear of Dallas as we enter the weekend. After losing the first game of the year to Toronto, the Whitecaps reeled off four straight wins, but have now only won one of their last four, but lost two of their last three games.
Last weekend in the 2 - 1 loss at home to DC United, the Caps took an early 1 - 0 lead in the second minute of the game, but gave up the lead just seven minutes later, when Bobby Boswell tied things up at one. Matias Laba picked up two yellow cards only eight minutes apart just before the first half came to an end, leaving the club to play the entire second half a man down.Chris Rolfe found the winning goal for United just after the hour mark, and United took all three points on the road.
Portland lost their second Cascadia Cup encounter last weekend in a 1 - 0 loss to Seattle, only putting two total shots on net.
The Timbers hang their hat on their defense, and they have done a formidable job for the most part this year, but they have been outscored 8 - 7 in the early going and have been held to a clean sheet four times this season.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Portland leads the recent series with 4 Wins, 2 Losses and 4 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Vancouver +0.5 -135
Portland -0.5 +115
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
The wrong team is favored here, and just because Portland is at home it does not mean they have a better team than Vancouver.
Vancouver has already taken one meeting from this Timber team, and it was one of those games this year where there was a goal in the 90th minute that decided the result.
Portland may rely on their defense, but they need to start getting more offensive presence, because there is no one on this roster who has that intimidation factor outside of Fanendo Adi. Most teams are catching on to the fact that he is the guy to keep off the score sheet, because when he scores, the team has a pretty good record in his two seasons with the team.
The goalkeeping is a push, with Kwarasey and Ousted likely to both hold their own and both having plenty of experience to add to the mix.
Vancouver can slow down Adi, although he was the one who scored to pull Portland to 1 - 1 in the last meeting with the Caps in Vancouver.
The play here is the Vancouver Pk Draw no Bet action at +150 or so, although the draw could also come in to play here. We just don't see the Portland offense as strong enough to go out and take three points, even if they are home, so the Pk on the Whitecaps has tremendous value. The draw itself has a semblance of value as well, but for us, if anyone is going to again find the net more than once, it will be Vancouver, as it was the first time they met.