Portland Timbers vs Montreal Impact: Preview and Prediction

Portland Timbers vs Montreal Impact:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016
Kick-off: 3:30 UK Time
Venue: Providence Park, Portland (Oregon).

Portland Timbers rely on their home form when Montreal Impact visit on Wednesday for the only meetings between these two sides in MLS this season.

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The Timbers held New York Red Bulls to a goal less draw in the weekend, their second 0-0 draw in as many matches. However, this helped them to extend their unbeaten run to 7 matches. They had drawn each of their last 4 away games, while winning in the last three home games.

Portland Timbers are currently 7th in the Western Conference table, one below the play-off spot. A win here will help them move one play high if the 6th placed Whitecaps drop points in the match against Real Salt Lake.

on a good scoring form at home after netting 8 goals in their last three, but kept a clean sheet only once in 9 home matches this season. They

Montreal Impact visited Real Salt Lake on Saturday and returned with a point moving to third in the Eastern Conference table. Montreal are at a 5 point gap with leaders New York City and have three games in hand. They can potentially move up to the top of the table if they manage to take maximum points from the next three matches.

Impact are coming on the back of a five match unbeaten run in the league, with 2 wins and 3 draws. They tasted defeat only once in the last 10 games, while they had draws 7 games.

Portland Timbers vs Montreal Impact: Head-to-Head Stats

The teams had met once each in the last four seasons and share 2 wins each.

Three of these matches were played at Montreal, and the hosts were defeated by Portland Timbers on two occasions, leaving them with one win.

The only match played between these two sides at Portland was won by Montreal Impact.

Portland Timbers vs Montreal Impact: Prediction

Portland are on a three match winning streak at home and are on a goal scoring form after finding the back of the nets 8 times during the period. However, they haven’t scored in the last two matches, both matches played away from home.

Montreal who are on a 5 match unbeaten run in the league seems to struggle while playing away from home. They haven’t won in any of their last 5 matches on the road, drawing 5 and losing 1. Considering their opponents recent home form, I believe Montreal must do really well if they are to avoid a defeat here.

I believe Portland will get at least a point out of this match, so I will be backing them on double chance to earn a win or draw from this tie.

Portland Timbers vs Montreal Impact: Tips

  1. Double Chance: Portland/Draw
  2. Over 2.5 goals