Portland Timbers vs San Jose Earthquakes: Preview and Prediction

Portland Timbers vs San Jose Earthquakes MLS 8 July 2018 by LeagueLane

Portland Timbers vs San Jose Earthquakes
Major League Soccer
Date: Sunday, 8 July 2018
Kick-Off at 04:00 UK
Venue: Providence Park (Portland)

Portland Timbers have bagged nine wins and three draws in their last 12 outings across competitions and proven a fine form ahead of their MLS clash against San Jose Earthquakes, coming as heavy favourites to secure the points at Providence Park once again.

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Timbers come into the match on the back of a 2-3 win over Seattle Sounders, where Larrys Mabiala netted a 74’ winner and brought another return to the winning ways, after a 1-1 draw seen at Atlanta beforehand. They have been rock-solid at the back in front of the home crowd, though, and will surely hope to build on such performances – seeing three clean sheets in last three outings.

San Jose Earthquakes have ended a streak of five consecutive losses with a 2-2 draw against New England midway through June, building on it with a 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake and a thriller 3-3 draw in California Clasico against LA Galaxy. They have been scoring many goals and showed they can play top sides, though, which promises a very solid challenge once again.

Portland Timbers vs San Jose Earthquakes: Head-to-head

  • Timbers have bagged two wins in two 2018 head-to-head clashes, including a 2-0 US Open Cup win in early June.
  • SJ Earthquakes have never bagged an MLS win at this ground.
  • We’ve seen both sides score in just one of their last seven matchups.

Portland Timbers vs San Jose Earthquakes: Prediction

We will now back Portland Timbers to build on their fine spell of results and the top 6 spot in Western Conference, going for a good-looking Home win at 1.50. They have been rock-solid at this ground and SJ Earthquakes could have trouble making their mark.

Timbers have based their success at Providence Park on such defensive displays and with that in mind, we’ll now also back them to keep a clean sheet at 2.62. This would be their fourth consecutive clean sheet in front of the home crowd and although Earthquakes have been scoring more goals, we feel they could struggle on the day.

Portland Timbers vs San Jose Earthquakes: Bet Tips

  • Home win @ 1.50
  • Timbers to keep a clean sheet @ 2.62

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