Free MLS Pick Atlanta United FC vs. Portland Timbers
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Atlanta United FC vs. Portland Timbers
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Atlanta United FC vs. Portland Timbers
Date: Sunday, August 18th, 2019
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Venue: Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
MLS Moneyline Odds: Atlanta United FC +215, Draw +280, Timbers +110
MLS Spread Betting Odds: Portland Timbers -0.5
MLS Betting Total: 3.0
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Both of these teams played mid-week matches, both one was for a trophy and the other was not. Atlanta played in the Campeones Cup final against Club America, while the Timbers took on the Chicago Fire. Atlanta was in this particular final because of their MLS Cup win over the Timbers last December. Portland has also never beaten Atlanta in their three matches against them.
Atlanta United FC
Atlanta is on fire right now having won 4 of their last 5 MLS matches. All 4 of the wins have come at home however, where they have been dominant. The tables will turn when they head out West to Portland for this match. They have won just 3 of their 11 away matches so this could be a struggle for the defending champs. As of right now, they are 2nd in the East with 42 points. A win would keep the pressure on first place, Philadelphia Union.
Atlanta has been scoring a ton of goals recently, but again most of their success has been at home. They average just 1.27 goals per game on the road, so we may not see the explosive Atlanta attack in Portland. They still have so many guys that could score, so I like their chances to score at least one. If Josef Martinez gets into a groove, he has the ability to score multiple by himself.
The Atlanta defending is another area that excels, but mainly just at home. Their last away match was against LAFC, where they proceeded to allow 4 goals. This was also in a very short span of time. Maybe with recent success they can contain Portland, but I see Atlanta allowing the home side to score at least once.
Portland hung on for a 3-2 on Wednesday against the Chicago Fire. They went up 3-1 in this game before allowing a 2nd goal to give the Fire a chance. Regardless, they got the full three points and now sit 7th in the West. They are only 1 point ahead of 8th so a win could cushion their seeding. They have won 5 of their 8 home games, so they very excellent soccer in front of the home crowd.
The Timbers were able to score 3 times against the Fire on Wednesday. They now average 2.5 goals per game at home. The Timbers will have bad memories of the game in December, so they will be looking to attack early. Because Atlanta’s attack is so potent, the Timbers will need to score multiple times to get the result they want.
The Timbers defending has been overall good at home, but they really tried to let the Fire comeback. After going up 3-1, you would think that the game was in the bag, but another late goal by Chicago kept this one tight until the end. This method of defending will not work against Atlanta. If the Timbers let up for an instant, Atlanta could counter attack and put one in the back of the net. Look for Portland to focus on shutting down Josef Martinez and try to keep them under 2 goals.
Free Atlanta United FC vs. Portland Timbers MLS Prediction:
Their only meeting played in Portland ended in a draw and that is where I am leaning in this game. Both sides have plenty of scoring options and I think we will get at least a goal from both clubs.
4* Free MLS Betting Pick: Atlanta United FC +0.5
As much as I want to take the value with Atlanta, they have not been good enough on the road. I will take Atlanta on the goal line to give us two different chances to cash a ticket.
MLS Free Score Prediction: Draw 2-2
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