Portland Timbers at Atlanta United
|Date & Time||Sunday June 24, 2018, 4:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Atlanta -161 / Draw +295 / Portland +380 -- Over/Under: 3.5
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We have some MLS action on Sunday from Mercedes Benz Stadium as Atlanta United host Portland Timbers.
Atlanta United come into this match looking to extend their four game unbeaten run in league play following a 2-0 win over Columbus Crew in their last outing. Josef Martinez gave Atlanta the lead at the half hour mark and it stayed that way until United doubled their lead in the 82nd minute thanks to an insurance marker from Hector Villalba. Atlanta out possessed Columbus 53%-47%, but were outshot 13-6 with each side notching 3 shots on target. Martinez leads not only Atlanta, but all of MLS with 14 goals this season while Miguel Almiron leads MLS with 7 assists this season.
The Portland Timbers will be looking to extend their eight game unbeaten run in league play, following a second consecutive draw with a scoreless tie against Sporting Kansas City in their last outing. The match was fairly subdued as there was no scoring and no bookings until the third minute of injury time when each side received a yellow card. Portland found themselves out possessed 52%-48% by Sporting KC, outshooting Kansas City 13-10 with each side knocking on 4 shots on goal. Diego Valeri leads the Timbers with 6 goals this season while Sebastian Blanco leads Portland with 5 assists this season.
The lone meeting between these two teams ended with ended with a 1-1 draw last May.
Atlanta is a force to be reckoned with at home as Atlanta is one of the rowdiest home crowds in all of MLS. However, Portland has been rolling as well lately, and haven’t been afraid to get results on the road. All in all, I think the talent on both sides level out and that this match finishes as a draw when all is said and done.