Portland Timbers vs FC Cincinnati
USA – Major League Soccer Championship Playoff
Date: Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Kick-off at 03:30 UK/ 04:30 CET
Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Bay Lake, Florida).
Portland Timbers qualified as group winners in the MLS is Back Tournament and are favorites to win here with their decent form in the campaign so far this season.
Cincinnati turned things around post lockdown and has now qualified for the play-offs. It is their first-ever play-offs in MLS and it seems to be a tough opponent is ahead of them.
Portland Timbers vs FC Cincinnati Match preview
Apart from the opening loss in the MLS is Back tournament, Portland Timbers have been successful in their regular season fixtures this season with a four-game unbeaten run.
Their previous encounter was on the road and they shared the spoils with LAFC in a 2-2 scoreline.
FC Cincinnati showed no promise at the start of the regular season, but they turned the tables with a double win in the end after three consecutive defeats in the schedule.
They will visit on the back of a 2-0 win at home against New York Red Bulls last time out.
Portland Timbers had scored 8 goals while conceding 7 in the meantime to be the toppers in their group while FC Cincinnati rushed at the last minute for the second spot in their group.
Based on their recent form in the league and group performances this season, it is likely to see both teams struggle to find the back of the net.
Portland Timbers vs FC Cincinnati Head-to-head (h2h)
- The teams have met only once in the league until now.
- FC Cincinnati had the bragging rights at home with a 3-0 scoreline.
Portland Timbers vs FC Cincinnati Prediction
Portland Timbers had a pleasant run in the season and also exhibits a better league experience than the ‘Orange and Blue’, which gives the host a slight edge in the game.
Comparing the three consecutive losses by FC Cincinnati in five fixtures to the single loss of the Timbers in the same period, the advantages of doubts go to Giovanni Savarese’s men.
Besides, Jaap Stam and his men have fought the Timbers only once, and playing at a neutral location will take their home ground advantage away; which they had in that h2h win against the latter.
Portland Timbers qualifying to quarter-finals will probably be the best bets for the punters. Besides, their win coming in full-time will also be a probable tip to yield decent returns from the clash.
Given the sudden change of Cincinnati in the campaign, we will advise the punters to go with under 3.5 goals from the goals area.
Portland Timbers vs FC Cincinnati Betting tips
Portland Timbers to win @ 1.66 (4/6).
Under 3.5 goals @ 1.40 (2/5).
Portland Timbers to Qualify @ 1.40 (2/5).