Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers
Major League Soccer
Date: Friday, 9 November 2018
Kick-Off at 03:30 UK / 04:30 CET
Venue: CenturyLink Field (Seattle).
Seattle Sounders host Portland in the reverse fixture of their Conference semi-final tie on Thursday evening at CenturyLink Field. The tie is wide open after the opening leg played on Sunday evening in Oregon.
The Timbers managed to recover from conceding an early opener as they responded by netting two quick first half goals from Jeremy Ebobisse and Sebastian Blanco. Raul Ruidiaz has previously pushed the Sounders in front ten minutes into the game.
Even though both teams had their share of chances later on, it ended in a 2-1 win for the Timbers who will have a very complicated task saving such advantage away at the red-hot Seattle Sounders.
We have to mention the hosts will likely be without important first team regulars here. Midfielder Christian Roland had to leave the pitch in the first half of the opening leg through a groin injury, while defender Chad Marshall faced the same destiny after hurting his right knee five minutes before the interval.
Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers: Head-to-head
Even though these two teams have a long history with more than 100 head to head clashes in all competitions, this is only their second play-off tie.
Portland came on top in the first played back in 2013.
Portland won three and lost one of last four meetings with the Sounders.
Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers: Prediction
Seattle had a rollercoaster campaign throughout the entire season and nobody actually believed they could catch the play-offs spot after a dreadful opening to the campaign. They went on to win the second seed after a magnificent run of 14 wins in last 16 regular season outings in Major League Soccer.
The Sounders have a vast play-offs experience from recent years and they have caught just the wanted shape in the last couple of months. They won eight of last nine home games in MLS and we see them as clear favourites to snatch the victory and move on into the Western Conference final.
Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers: Bet Tips
Seattle Sounders to win @ 1.80 (4/5)
HT/FT Seattle Sounders/Seattle Sounders @ 2.75 (7/4).