We’re here to bring you the latest MLS betting tips, and this one is no different! We present, we analyse, and we put together a soccer betting tip for you to make the most of. With the 2021 MLS season well underway, there’s a number of exciting upcoming clashes.
Earthquakes vs Timbers on Saturday Night
There’s a wide range of betting opportunities available for most of the upcoming MLS fixtures, which is great for us soccer punters! This weekend, it’s a Western Conference matchup that sees second-place San Jose Earthquakes host Portland Timbers. The teams have had very contrasting starts to the league, but who will win in their weekend encounter?
San Jose Earthquakes
The San Jose Earthquakes find themselves second in the Western Conference after four games in the league. Despite a 2-1 opening weekend loss to Houston Dynamo, San Jose were able to make a strong start to the season, winning three on the bounce. San Jose have also been able to find the back of the net numerous times this season, scoring 10 goals in their first four games. Striker Chris Wondolowski returned with an impressive performance in their latest fixture, scoring twice to secure the win against Real Salt Lake. This was after being sent off in San Jose’s 3-1 win against FC Dallas in the second game of the campaign.
It’s safe to say that it’s been a disappointing and underwhelming start to the season for the Portland Timbers. As well as being knocked out in the quarter-final of the CONCACAF Champions League, Portland have only managed one win from their first four games in the league. After an opening weekend loss to Vancouver Whitecaps, Portland managed to secure a 2-1 victory in their first home game of the season. However, back-to-back defeats from the hands of FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders has left Portland 12th in the Western Conference (only Minnesota United are below them in the table). The side will definitely be looking to bounce back from their poor run of form ASAP, and will attempt to do so at the weekend.
Head to Head
Despite the very different starts to the campaign, it’s actually Portland that has the upper hand in terms of previous head to head encounters. In the pair’s last five matches,
Portland have come away victorious on three occasions, with the other two resulting in one draw and one win for San Jose. This is definitely a statistic that Portland will be looking to continue, whilst San Jose will be looking to capitalize on the Timbers’ poor performances and put an end to the trend.
Our dedicated soccer experts have compiled all of the information and details about the two teams’ past matchups, as well as current league form. From analysing all of the information, we have been able to put together an expert betting tip for you to take advantage of for Saturday’s fixture.
With San Jose’s strong start to the new season, we’re expecting the trend of goals to continue. On top of that, we predict that due to the impressive performances in the early stages of the season, San Jose will claim all three points by the end of the 90 minutes on Saturday night.
San Jose Earthquakes Pile on the Misery for Portland
The main reason for our prediction is very apparent – the two contrasting starts to the season suggest that San Jose will continue their run of form and take three points away from the weekend’s fixture. Even though past encounters have gone in favour of Portland, we predict that this matchup will go against the tale, with San Jose favourites according to the bookies. As well as all of that, it’s clear that San Jose can score goals, and if Portland want to compete for points in this one, they will need to do the same.
If you’re looking to make the most of our betting tip for San Jose vs Portland, you can place a bet with BetMGM for San Jose to win and over 2.5 goals at odds of +190.