Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles MLS Betting Prediction

MLS Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles Prediction 4/28/2024

Portland Timbers (2-3-4) travel to face off against Los Angeles (3-3-3) on Sunday, April 28th. This match will be played at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. Both Portland Timbers and Los Angeles ended their previous matches with a draw. The match is scheduled for 10:30 PM ET.

Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles

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Portland Timbers Is Coming Off A Draw

The Portland Timbers played to a draw vs. the Columbus Crew, with the two combined goals surpassing the over/under line of 3.5 goals. This match took place on the Timbers’ opponent’s pitch, and they went into the match with a money line payout of +420.

Portland’s offensive attack took just four shots on goal and seven shots overall. Santiago Moreno and Felipe Mora were the two players to score, with each finding the net on their only shot attempt. Evander and Eryk Williamson each picked up an assist for the Timbers.

On the defensive end, the Timbers allowed a total of 24 shots, five of which were on target. James Pantemis finished with two saves on the four total shots he faced. Portland’s defenders blocked two shots and intercepted 11 others.

Through nine matches, the Portland Timbers have a record of 2-3-4, which has them in 11th place in the Western Conference. They are currently on a three-match draw streak, and their last four matches have all ended in a draw. On the road, the Timbers have a record of 1-2-2. After this match vs. Los Angeles, they will take on Charlotte FC on May 4th.

Los Angeles Is Coming Off A Draw

In their last match, Los Angeles hosted the New York Red Bulls, with the match ending in a 2-2 draw. LA was the slight favorite heading into this match, with a money line of -130, but the four combined goals were one short of the line of 5.5 goals.

On offense, LA took a total of 15 shots and six shots on goal. The LA offensive attack was led by Denis Bouanga, who scored both of the club’s goals and took five total shots. LA made good on their only penalty kick attempt, with Bouanga also converting this attempt.

Defensively, LA gave up two goals on just two shots on goal by the Red Bulls. One of these goals was an own goal, though, and Hugo Lloris finished with just one save. LA’s defenders intercepted nine passes and finished with three blocked shots.

Through nine matches, Los Angeles has a record of 3-3-3 and is currently in 7th place in the Western Conference. They have been favored in all nine matches and have a record of 3-3-3 in those games. The club has been on a draw streak, tying their last two matches. Overall, they are 3-0-2 at home and 0-3-1 on the road. Following this match vs. Portland, they will head on the road to take on the San Jose Earthquakes on May 4th.

Portland Timbers Offense Breakdown

The Portland Timbers are currently 5th in MLS in goals scored this season, averaging 1.9 per match. They have scored more than their season average in four straight matches. Evander is their top scorer, ranking 11th in MLS with four goals. He also leads the team in shots on goal, ranking 27th in MLS. Overall, Portland is 21st in MLS in shots on goal and 29th in corners.

Los Angeles Offense Breakdown

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Los Angeles has been one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the league this season, ranking 8th in goals per match at 1.7. They have scored more than that average in five straight matches. They are also the top team in MLS in shots on goal and are second in corners. Denis Bouanga is the top scorer for Los Angeles and is 7th in MLS with five goals. He also leads the team in shots on goal and is 3rd in the league in that category.

Portland Timbers Defense Breakdown

Heading into their match against the Los Angeles offense, the Portland Timbers’ defense is struggling, as they are giving up 2.0 goals per match, which is 27th in the league. Over their last five matches, they have given up 2.6 goals per match. They have also struggled with their fouling, as they are 29th in the league in that category. Keeper Maxime Crépeau has started six matches but has yet to record a clean sheet. He is also 26th in the league with 18 saves.

Los Angeles Defense Breakdown

Los Angeles has struggled on defense this season, allowing the 2nd most goals in the league. However, they have been better of late, allowing just 1.5 goals over their last six matches. Hugo Lloris is 8th in the league with two clean sheets, and he is 11th in saves. However, he has struggled against top offenses, allowing two goals to Portland earlier this season and two goals to the New York Red Bulls. Overall, they are 19th in goals allowed, 11th in blocked shots, and 12th in interceptions.

Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles Prediction

Looking at how we expect this match to play out, we are going to take Los Angeles on the money line at -210. Our projections have this one going in favor of Los Angeles by a score of 2-1. Coming into the match, Los Angeles is the better offensive team, both in terms of goals scored and shots on goal. Kei Kamara is our top projected goal scorer for Los Angeles, and for Portland, we are giving Jonathan Rodriguez the best chance to score.

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