Portland Timbers vs Atlanta United
Major League Soccer
Date: Sunday, 14th May 2017
Kick-off at 21:00 UK / 22:00 CET
Venue: Providence Park (Portland).
Since starting the season with three wins on the bounce, the Portland Timbers struggled for consistency. Their last seven produced just two victories, creating some real concerns for Caleb Porter in the dugout.
Last round saw the Timbers losing to San Jose away from home by a 3-0 margin, their worst performance of the season so far. They are coming back to home after two consecutive away matches and a better showing is expected to get the season back on track.
At home, Portland won 3, drew 1 and lost 1 from the 5 games to date. They conceded goals at least once in each of those five games. Moreover, the team kept only one clean sheet from their 10 matches so far, which was away at LA Galaxy.
Atlanta United are still gelling together as a team. The new franchise started the season on a high note by picking points in four of their first five games. Highlights among those was the 6-1 thrashing of fellow newcomer Minnesota on match-day 2, which was followed by another comfortable win by a 4-0 margin against Chicago Fire.
Since the back-to-back wins, the team managed by Gerardo Martino registered just 1 win from the 6 matches with 2 draws and 3 losses. They do have some real issues in the defensive unit that conceded 10 goals in the space of 5 matches.
Atlanta United played 6 of their 9 matches so far away from home. They have an acceptable away record for MLS standards with 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. They scored in 5 of those outings and conceded at least once in those games.
Portland Timbers vs Atlanta United: Head-to-head
This will be the first ever MLS fixture between Portland Timbers and Atlanta United.
Portland Timbers vs Atlanta United: Prediction
The patterns from recent form of the sides involved here clearly indicate that both teams struggle at large to keep clean sheets. Another similarity between these two is their attacking mindset. Therefore, this is the kind of game that can go either-ways. So it is better to focus on goal markets.
Portland Timbers vs Atlanta United: Bet Tips
Both teams to Score is a potential banker at the odds of 1.50 with Betfair.
While brave punters can opt for the combination of BTTS and Over 2.5 goals, priced by Bet365 at 1.80 odds.