Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers
Major League Soccer
Date: Sunday, 7th October 2018
Kick-off at 2:30 UK/ 3:30 CET
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy).
The first of two matches between these sides this month will be start with Portland travelling to take on hosts Salt Lake on Sunday. Even though they have chances for a playoff spot, it’s not guaranteed. So a no-nonsense game can be expected at the Rio Tinto Stadium.
The hosts are at 6th place and the away side on 4th in the Western Conference.
The Claret and Cobalt, managed by American Mike Petke has 3 wins in last 6 games. The promising factor is that they have only lost one game at home.
In the previous match away to Sporting Kansas City they managed to conjure a 1-1draw.Playing using the width of the pitch Salt Lake managed to use through balls well. The coach has to address the problem of giving away too many free kicks around the box.
The Timbers, with only 2 wins in last 6 matches are under pressure to maintain their position at the top. Last game against table toppers FC Dallas saw them attain a goalless draw at home. Locking the leaders will be a huge boost to their morale.
Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers Head to Head
- Salt Lake won the last two MLS games versus the Timbers.
- However, Timbers were unbeaten in the 5 previous games prior to that with 3 wins and 2 draws.
- 4 of their last 5 h2h meetings saw both teams scoring, the same games saw over 2.5 goals.
- Real Salt Lake won 1-0 when the teams met at Rio Tinto Stadium last year. This put an end to Portland’s 4 match unbeaten streak at this venue (3W, 1D).
Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers: Prediction
All games except one between these two opponents recorded a total of 3 or more goals. So a high scoring match may be expected on Sunday.
Portland’s 6 away games have recorded a total of 5 or more goals this season. Both the teams will have to defend well in order to prevent this from happening again.
Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers: Betting tips
Over 2.5 goals @ 6/11 (1.53)
Match to end in stalemate @ 3/1 (4.00).