Portland Timbers vs. LAFC - 7/23/20 MLS Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Timbers vs. LAFC - 7/23/20 MLS Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

LAFC vs. Portland Timbers

MLS Soccer: Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10:30 pm

The Line: LA -159 / POR +340 / Draw +320 -- Over/Under: 3 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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LAFC and Portland Timbers meet Thursday night in the MLS is Back Tournament soccer action at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

LAFC had a draw again Houston Dynamo and are fresh off beating the LA Galaxy with six goals scored. LAFC has scored nine goals in the first two games this tournament, and they’re coming off a contest where they controlled possession for 58.2 percent of the match and had 12 shots on goal. Los Angeles Football Club has scored at least three goals in five of its last seven matches overall and is showing why many consider them to be the team to beat in this tournament. Diego Rossi leads LAFC with six goals, Francisco Ginella has three assists and Carlos Vela has six shots on goal. Defensively, Kenneth Vermeer has allowed six goals on 17 shots faced and Pablo Sisniega has given up two goals on three shots.

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Portland Timbers have a chance to surprise the field by sweeping the group after already beating the LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo. Portland Timbers are coming off a victory where they controlled possession for 53.4 percent of the match and allowed just four of their opponents 24 shots to be on goal. Portland Timbers have now won three straight matches and have found the back of the net at least once in 10 straight matches overall. Diego Valeri leads Portland Timbers with three goals, Sebastian Blanco has two assists and Yimmi Chara has six shots on goal. Defensively, Steve Clark has allowed five goals on 16 shots faced.

LAFC is 2-1-1 in the last four meetings against the Portland Timbers, and the two victories came in the last two meetings. LAFC has outscored Portland 7-3 in the last two matches. Three of the four meetings have produced at least three goals.

You can make a case for the Portland Timbers given that they've won both games in this tournament and have shown a solid balance attack. However, LAFC is the team to beat in this tournament and has shown effortless play on the offensive side where scoring comes easy. As long as Los Angeles Football Club is going to put up crooked numbers consistently, I don't think there's any stopping them from winning the title.

I'll lay the reasonable price with a LAFC victory.

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Randy’s Pick LAFC -159

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.