LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers
|Date & Time||Saturday June 2, 2018, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Portland -131 / Draw +288 / LA Galaxy +325
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The Portland Timbers and the Los Angeles Galaxy duke it out in MLS action from Providence Park on Saturday.
The Portland Timbers will look to extend their winning streak after making it six victories in a row with a 3-2 road victory over Colorado in their last outing. Samuel Armenteros gave Portland the lead 29 minutes in, before Julio Cascante conceded an own goal just two minutes later to give Colorado an equalizer. Armenteros struck again in the 37th minute and Diego Valeri gave the Timbers the lead for good in the 56th minute. The Rapids got a penalty late in stoppage time but it was too little too late as Portland secured the W. Valeri is tied for the team lead in scoring with Sebastian Blanco with 5 goals apiece, while Blanco also leads the Timbers with 3 assists this season. Both Blanco and Valeri have had 11 shots on target, but Valeri leads Portland with 20 shots this season.
The Los Angeles Galaxy will be looking to bounce back from a 3-2 home loss to FC Dallas in their last outing on Wednesday. The Galaxy dug themselves into a 3-0 hole by the 66th minute, however a pair of goals by Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled LA to 3-2 but that’s as close as the Galaxy would get, suffering their 5th loss in their last 7 games. Los Angeles had the bulk of the possession, owning 54% of the time with the ball, outshooting Dallas 21 to 14 with both teams having 8 shots on target. Ibrahimovic and Ola Kamara are tied for the team lead with 5 goals apiece, with Ibra leading the Galaxy with 26 shots, 13 on target. Ema Boating leads the Galaxy with 4 assists this season.
The home team has won back-to-back meetings between these two teams, and something worth noting is that five of the last seven meetings have seen both teams get on the scoresheet.
I’m sure Portland’s run will end at some point and it could very well come in this matchup, with star power like Ibrahimovic and co. on the other side. However, I think it would be foolish to try to step in front of the money train that is Portland right now. The Timbers just keep finding ways to win, and I think you have to ride the hot hand until it starts to cool off so that’s what I’m going to do here and back the home win.