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MLS Soccer: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/18/15

Portland Timbers (9-7-4) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (10-8-2)

MLS Soccer: Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Providence Park)

The Line: Whitecaps +259 / Portland Timbers +119 -- Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TSN, MLS LIVE, RDS2, ROOT Sports, NW

The Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers square off Saturday night at the Providence Park.

The Vancouver Whitecaps look to keep rolling after winning three of their last five matches. The Vancouver Whitecaps have scored 23 goals in 20 matches and five goals in their last four matches. Octavio Rivero leads Vancouver with seven goals, Pedro Morales has four assists and Kekuta Manneh has 49 shot attempts. Defensively, the Vancouver Whitecaps have pitched seven shutouts and have allowed two or more goals in six matches. David Ousted has come away with 59 saves and has allowed five goals in his last five starts. The Vancouver Whitecaps have split their last six road MLS matches.

MLS Soccer: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/18/15

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The Portland Timbers look to remain hot after winning four of their last six matches. The Portland Timbers have scored 22 goals in 20 matches overall and five goals in their last three matches. Fanendo Adi leads Portland with eight goals, Rodney Wallace has four assists and Maximiliano Urruti has 30 shot attempts. Defensively, the Portland Timbers have pitched eight shutouts and have allowed two or more goals in six matches. Adam Kwarasey has come away with 44 saves and has allowed six goals in his last three starts. The Portland Timbers have won their last five MLS home matches.

This will be the third meeting of 2015, and Vancouver is 1-0-1 in those matches. In the last five meetings between these two teams, each has produced two victories and a draw. Vancouver has come away with points in three of its last four matches at Providence Park.

Vancouver has had success playing in Portland and may be in slightly better form overall than the Timbers. Given the value, I’m pulling for the road team to pull off the upset here.

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Whitecaps +259

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