Los Angeles FC looked like they would not win in the opener but something amazing happened. They will look to double their wins when they will host the Portland Timbers on Sunday. Portland are coming off a frustrating away match against Colorado. They had the chance to take all three points but failed to do so at the last minute.
Date/Time: 3-10-2019, 18:30 EST
Spread: Los Angeles FC -0.75
Total: 3 Goals
Los Angeles FC (1-0-0) almost suffered an upset in their first match of the season. They hosted Sporting Kansas City who took an early lead in what was a very physical first half. But Los Angeles FC were much better overall and pulled even at the stat of the second half. It looked like a draw but Diomande scored a late goal at the 4th minute of stoppage time and grabbed all three points. Los Angeles FC finished 3rd in the West last season (16-9-9) and featured the best offense with 68 goals. Moreover, they were great at home where they lost just once (9-1-7).
On the other hand, the Portland Timbers (0-0-1) will be feeling they deserved more from the opener. They were hosted by the Colorado Rapids who took the lead at the 16th minute. But they faced a red card at the 27th minute which paved the way for Portland to dominate. They had already overturned the lead in their favor by the end of the first half but were equalized at the start of the second. Their opponents gave Portland the lead once again when they scored an own goal at the 66th minute but did pull even at the stoppage time for the final 3-3. The Timbers must really improve on the road where last season they won just four times (4-8-5).
This will be the fourth time these two meet, with total balance in the match-up so far (1-1-1). Last season Portland won at home by 1-2. But the two teams split the points in a goal-less draw in this venue. They also met here for the US Open Cup quarter-finals where Los Angeles won by 2-3.
Los Angeles FC have proven themselves to be really strong at home. They do win a lot but they also concede a lot of goals. Portland might not have fared too well on the road lately but they are consistent scorers. I expect to see a lot of goals in this match and I will also look for some correct scores.
MLS Los Angeles FC vs Portland Timbers Prediction: Over 3 Goals (-120)
Correct Score Prediction: LAFC by 1-2 (+689) / LAFC by 2-3 (+1637) / Draw 2-2 (+1059)
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