MLS Soccer: Portland vs Vancouver
Friday, March 27th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Portland and Vancouver may have only met 11 times in MLS history, but these two have known each other for a lot longer than that. The two teams spent years together in first division, before they both arrived to the MLS in 2011.
Portland has had three draws this season with two 0 - 0 results, and a 2 - 2 result with the defending champions LA Galaxy. They opened the year with two home games, and now face their second straight road game, and they have had plenty of success over the years against the Whitecaps. Vancouver has only 1 MLS win in 11 attempts against Portland, and has still yet to beat them at BC Place.The three meetings the two had last year saw Portland score 3 goals in all 3 games, with Vancouver winning the first game 4 - 3 in Portland, and Portland winning the last two meetings 3 - 0 in each park.
It was announced this week that Portland has acquired Ghanaian winger/midfielder Ishmael Yartey on loan, with a transfer option from Swiss Super League club FC Sion.
Jack Jewsbury and Alvas Powell will both be off the back line for Portland this weekend, with Jewsbury facing a concussion issue, and Powell on international duty with Jamaica. The Timbers have been dealing with injuries since opening day, so the last thing they need is more players spending time away from the field. Four midfielders are still out the lineup, with Will Johnson dealing with surgery from his broken leg, and two ACL injuries cost both Diego Valeri and Ben Zemanski their start to the season. Michael Nanchoff is recovering from sports hernia surgery as well.
Vancouver will now get to host three straight home games, while coming off two 1 - 0 road results against Chicago and Orlando City. In the first game of the year, Vancouver hosted Toronto at BC Place and after scoring first, ended up losing the match 3 - 1.
Octavio Rivero has scored the only three goals that the team has to their credit, and has scored them in each of their outings through week 3 of the season.
Last 11 MLS Meetings:
Portland leads the series in their only 11 meetings, with 6 wins, 4 Draws, and only 1 loss to Vancouver.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Portland +0.5 -120
Vancouver -0.5 +100
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction Quick Analysis:
Portland obviously has a lot of questions about who they can put on the field this weekend, and we heard Caleb Porter's concern in their weekly 1-on-1 interview that can be found on the Portland MLS team page.
Vancouver naturally comes in to the match on a high, especially with the fashion they ended up taking all three points from Orlando City last weekend, with practically no time left in the game, scoring in the 96th minute to earn the win.
We can throw the history stats out the window with these two, as we know Portland has certainly owned the Whitecaps since the two joined MLS in 2011.
We are not the biggest fans of settling for even money on a home team to win, since the value is not exactly there, but in this case, Vancouver should be able to keep it together and find three points to snap the recent hold Portland has had in the series.
Vancouver and the 3-Way line of +100 will have to do here, and with LA on deck next weekend the fans are already showing they will be there. The weekend is sold out, and next weekend is already looking like it will be a sell out too.