Sporting Kansas City will play host to the Portland Timbers on Saturday, with the two teams being on opposite form. Sporting Kansas City have won back to back matches on the road while keeping clean sheets. Portland are coming off a couple of really bad losses against DC United and Vancouver. But this is a very crucial match that will shape the top spots of the Western Conference.
Date/Time: 8-18-2018, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Portland Timbers +0.5
Total: 3 Goals
Sporting Kansas City (11-6-6) are coming into this match after a really solid 2-0 win on the road against LAFC. They were really great in the first half, while their opponents were non-existent. They took the lead at the 17th minute with Fernando, but met quite the resistance in the second half. Even so, they sealed the win with another goal at the 66th for the final 2-0. After a bad streak, Sporting Kansas City have now won two in a row. They are still sitting at the 2nd spot of the Western Conference with 39 points, just as many as LAFC. Both teams are three points behind FC Dallas. Sporting Kansas City have been mediocre at home (6-2-3), conceding multiple goals in each of their last four there.
The Portland Timbers (10-5-7) suffered a really frustrating loss on the road against DC United on Wednesday. They actually took the lead in that match, but Wayne Rooney and co. destroyed them in the rest of the match. They eventually lost by a harsh 1-4 just days after a 2-1 loss at home against Vancouver. The Timbers are now sitting at the 5th spot of the Western Conference with 37 points, just as many as the Galaxy. They have been mediocre on the road so far (3-4-4), where they have won just one of their last five (1-2-2). Moreover, there have been goals from both sides in eight of their last ten away matches.
The two teams have already met once in the season, when they split the points in a goal-less draw in Portland. That was the third draw in the last six matches between the two, regardless of venue. There has been total balance in matches between the two in Kansas (2-2-2).
Sporting Kansas City have not kept a single clean sheet in their last five home matches, and Portland are consistent scorers on the road. Matches between the two sides in this venue didn’t have a lot of goals, but this might turn into a goal-fest.
MLS Sporting Kansas City vs Portland Timbers Prediction: Over 3 Goals (-108)
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