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Date: Jul 24, 2020
   
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LAFC v. Portland Timbers FC Betting Preview

 

The MLS is Back Tournament group stage winds down on Thursday as Group F takes the night stage with LAFC playing Portland Timbers at 10:30 p.m. ET with the top spot in the group on the line. Portland will win the group with a draw as they have six points from winning the first two games. However LAFC sit on four points with a win and a draw thus far so they will snag the group from the Timbers with a head-to-head win.

 

Last season the Western Conference rivals met twice in MLS play with LAFC winning 4-1 and 3-2 while Portland won the US Open Cup quarterfinal match in July 1-0. In LAFC’s inaugural 2018 season they knocked off Portland in the same round of the US Open. In MLS play they teams drew 0-0 in Los Angeles and Portland won at home 2-1. 

LAFC Outlook: Press Forward

The LAFC offense had no trouble getting into gear after falling behind their rivals LA Galaxy twice on Saturday night with five unanswered goals in a 6-2 triumph. The six goals tie a team record on a MLS contest and Diego Rossi scored four times while Bradley Wright-Phillips and Mohamed El Monir also tallied. LAFC now have a MLS best 13 goals on the 2020 season through four team games.

 

Even without 2019 MLS MVP Carlos Vela who is sitting out the tournament, the LAFC offense is in peak form. They have scored nine goals in the two games with Rossi scoring five. Wright-Phillips has also scored on both games while Brian Rodriguez has one goal and two assists through two games.

 

The defense has been a bit shaky with three goals allowed in the draw against Houston. The two goals against the Galaxy were an own goal and a penalty kick as LAFC controlled possession.  

Portland Timbers FC Outlook: Charge Forward

The Portland Timbers began this tournament with the worst odds in group F to qualify for the knockout round (+135) and to win the group (+750) but now they are 90 minutes away from achieving both of those longshots. Portland put themselves in this position with 2-1 wins over LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo. Jeremy Ebobisse has scored in both games while Sebastian Blanco and Diego Valeri have also tallied for the Timbers.

 

Keeper Steve Clark saved a penalty from Chicharito in the Galaxy win but allowed a penalty kick in the 88th minute as the Dynamo lone goal. Portland gets Dario Zuparic back for the LAFC game after the defender was suspended for the Houston game following a red card in the group opener.

 

Ebobisse has a history of scoring against LAFC with two goals and an assist in three games last season including the game winner in the US Open Cup win. Clark has allowed five goals in four games total this season and Portland has allowed more than two goals just once in the 27 games since falling to LAFC 3-2 last June. 

LAFC/Portland Betting Lines By Scoresandstats

LAFC -161 to win

Portland Timbers +350 to win

Draw +318

Over/Under 3 goals (O -114, U -114)

 

A win in this game gives either team the top group spot and better seeding in the knockout round. A draw automatically sees both teams advance with Portland going through as the group winner and LAFC as the runner up, no matter what happens in the Galaxy/Dynamo game. Even with a loss LAFC likely qualifies for the final 16 as one of the four best third place team given their goal differential, but they way they are attacking right now expect LAFC to top the group.

 

Head to our favorite pay per head bookie site at A1pph.com and bet LAFC to win (-161)


 

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