USA Major League Soccer (MLS): Portland Timbers vs San Jose Earthquakes Preview, Betting Tips and Prediction
Portland Timbers hosts Western Conference rivals San Jose Earthquakes for the first time at Providence Park on Sunday evening. Both teams entered into the match after the teams were eliminated from the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night with Portland Timbers 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake and San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 loss to LA Galaxy. Both teams have registered wins last weekend: the Portland Timbers demolished Seattle Sounders FC with a score of 4-1 on Sunday at home, while the SJ Earthquakes thrashed the LA Galaxy 3-1 on Saturday evening.
Portland Timbers are in outstanding form this season, winning five games in their last six encounters. The team have registered wins against DC United, Colorado Rapids, New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders FC. Portland are also riding a four-game winning streak at home soil, scoring nine goals and conceding just one goal in those matches. Portland Timbers sits third in the Western Conference standings with twenty-eight points having won eight games, drawn four and lost six.
San Jose Earthquakes are also in very good shape this season and have registered back-to-back wins over Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy. Those two wins have moved the team into the playoff positions. SJ Earthquakes sits seventh in the Western Conference standings with twenty-five points having won seven games, drawn four and lost five.
In the last eleven meetings between the teams, Timbers have won four games, Quakes have won just one game and six games ended in draw.
Both teams have injuries to their key players. Portland Timbers are likely to miss Ben Zemanski and Dairon Asprilla due to injuries. San Jose Earthquakes will be playing without Sanna Nyassi, Innocent Emeghara, Steven Lenhart, and Chris Wondolowski.
Portland Timbers are strong and better team than SJ Earthquakes in all areas of the game so we predict Portland Timbers will register a simple victory here. Also, we expect a very attacking game so place your bets on Total Goals- Over 2.5.
1. Portland Timbers To Win @ 1.53 at William Hill Sports
2. Total Goals: Over 2.5 @ 1.91 at William Hill Sports
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