LAFC have been stunning in their maiden season in the MLS, and been very successful overall. They have also found success in the US Open Cup, where they have reached the quarter-finals. They will now play host to the Portland Timbers on Wednesday, when the two teams will clash for a spot in the semis. The Timbers have been in really solid form over the past couple of months, but so have LAFC. The two teams just played against one another in the same venue on Sunday, splitting the points in a goal-less draw.
Date/Time: 7-18-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Portland Timbers +0.75
Total: 3.25 Goals
LAFC will now have to face Portland in the same venue just two days after the two teams clashed there. It wasn’t a very pretty match between the two, as neither team was able to score a winning goal. Despite the draw, LAFC extended their undefeated streak to eight matches in all competitions (6-0-2). But they have kept just three clean sheets in that span. LAFC are still sitting at the 2nd spot of the Western Conference with 35 points, just three behind FC Dallas. LAFC have also been undefeated at home so far (7-0-4 in all competitions), keeping five clean sheets in the process.
On the other hand, the Portland Timbers were not very good on Sunday against LAFC, but it was not a pretty much anyway. They did try, especially in the first half but the two teams were looking to avoid the loss. The Timbers will not be feeling bad at all, as that draw means that they are now undefeated in their last 14 matches (10-0-4). They are now sitting at the 4th spot of the Western Conference with 30 points, three behind Sporting Kansas City. They have been quite solid on the road so far (3-3-4), where they have lost just one of their last eight (3-1-4). Moreover, they have only failed to score once in that span.
This will actually be the third match between the two in the season, as Portland had won by 1-2 prior to that draw. Both teams have been in really strong form lately, with the Timbers actually being pretty stunning.
The Timbers do have a ton of experience in situations like this, and should have the upper hand by default. LAFC have been doing a great job this season, but I am not sure how they will react in this serious situation. I will back Portland to cover the spread here, as the Draw looks like a very possible outcome here.
US Open Cup LAFC vs Portland Timbers Prediction: Portland Timbers +0.75 (-116)
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