There is a huge Cascadia Derby coming on Sunday when Seattle will play host to Portland. Seattle have turned their home ground into somewhat of a fortress this season. They will not have an easy job against Portland though. The visitors are coming here in really good form and having already won once this season.
Date/Time: 7-21-2019, 21:30 EST
Spread: Seattle Sounders -0.5
Total: 2.75 Goals
Seattle Sounders (10-5-5) did a great job in their home match against Atlanta United. They were better in that match and took the lead at the 59th minute but were equalized at the 65th minute. Shipp took the lead once again at the 71st minute for the final 1-2. That was the third win in the last four matches, but kept just one clean sheet in that span. Seattle are now sitting at the 3rd spot of the Western Conference with 35 points, two behind LA Galaxy. They are one of the few teams to not have lost at home so far in the season (8-0-2). Oddly enough, their only home loss this season came to Portland in the US Open Cup.
On the other hand, Portland (7-8-4) will surely be feeling frustrated about the outcome of their last match. They were so much better than Orlando City in that home match but struggled to get a point from that 1-1 draw. The Timbers are now undefeated in their last five matches in all competitions (3-0-2). They also moved to the semi-finals of the US Open Cup where they will clash against Minnesota United. When it comes to the MLS, Portland are sitting 9th in the Western Conference with 25 points. They have been quite feisty on the road so far (5-7-2), winning four of their last five matches in all competitions.
As mentioned before, Portland beat Seattle in this venue by 2-1 earlier in the season and have now won three of the last five in this H2H (3-2-0). Portland hadn’t won in this venue since 2013 but have won two of their last three here.
Seattle got some nice reinforcements back from the Copa America and the Gold Cup and are now complete again. The 2-1 loss to Portland here earlier in the season really hurt their feelings. I am going with the home team to win this massive derby.
MLS Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers Prediction: Seattle Sounders -0.5 (-107)
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