San Jose Earthquakes at Portland Timbers
|Date & Time||Saturday July 7, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Portland -215 / Draw +375 / San Jose +525 -- Over/Under: 3
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We have some MLS action from Providence Park late Saturday night as the Portland Timbers host the San Jose Earthquakes.
The Portland Timbers will be looking to extend their league unbeaten run which has hit double digits with a 3-2 win over Seattle Sounders last time out. All of the fireworks came in the 2nd half as we had a scoreless draw at half time. Larrys Mabiala gave Portland the lead in the 48th minute before Seattle tied the game just three minutes later. Sergio Armenteros gave the Timbers the lead back in the 57th before Seattle tied the game again in the 68th minute. Mabiala recorded the brace just six minutes later to give Portland the lead for good. Portland was out possessed by Seattle 57%-43% but outshot the Sounders 16-10 and 6-5 in regards to shots on target. Diego Valeri leads the Timbers with 6 goals and 5 assists this season.
The San Jose Earthquakes will look to snap out of an eight game winless drought following a third consecutive draw after a 3-3 tie with the LA Galaxy in their last outing. LA scored in the very first minute before Chris Wondolowski equalized on a rebound from the penalty spot. The Galaxy struck twice in five minutes in the 20th and 25th minute before Vako pulled one back for the Quakes six minutes before halftime. Wondo secured the brace in the 69th minute, this time converting from the penalty spot to tie the match in what would end up being the final score at 3-3. San Jose out possessed the Galaxy 55%-45% while outshooting LA 12-10 and 6-4 in terms of shots on goal. Danny Hoesen leads the Quakes with 10 goals while being one of five San Jose players to share the team lead with 3 assists this season.
Head-to-head, Portland has won five of the last seven league meetings between these two sides, including a 1-0 road victory in May of this year.
San Jose’s recent run of draws makes the draw tempting with the heavy plus money that comes with it. However, Portland’s current run of form combined with their success head-to-head with the Earthquakes makes it very hard to give San Jose a puncher’s chance in this match. All in all, I see Portland extending their run by securing all three points here.