Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers MLS Betting Prediction

Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers Prediction 7/13/2024

Real Salt Lake (12-3-7) travel to face off against Portland Timbers (9-8-6) on Saturday, July 13th. This match will be played at Providence Park in Portland, OR. Both club’s come into this one having won their previous match. The match starts at 10:25 PM ET.

Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers

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Real Salt Lake Is Coming Off A Win

In their last match, Real Salt Lake hosted Atlanta United FC in a high-scoring affair, winning by a score of 5-2. The over/under line going into the match was 3.5 goals, and the seven total goals easily surpassed this figure. The four goals on offense came on just six shots on goal for Real Salt Lake.

On the offensive end, Real Salt Lake was led by the play of Diego Luna and his three assists. Braian Ojeda and Cristian Arango were two of the different players to score for Real Salt Lake, with Luna, overall, setting up the scoring on four different occasions.

Gavin Beavers finished with three saves and allowed two goals. Real Salt Lake’s defensive unit blocked one shot and intercepted 12 passes. Atlanta United FC finished with five corner kicks and took a total of 14 shots.

Real Salt Lake heads on the road to take on the Portland Timbers. They are currently 2nd in the Western Conference, tied with the Los Angeles Galaxy and Los Angeles FC with 43 points. Over their last seven matches, they have gone 4-1-2. This will be their 11th road match of the season, where they have gone 4-1-6. After this match, they will head back on the road to take on Los Angeles FC on July 18th.

Portland Timbers Is Coming Off A Win

The Portland Timbers will be looking to build off their 4-1 win over Nashville SC. This match took place on their home pitch, and the over/under line was set at 2.5 goals. Heading into the match, they were the -125 favorite.

Portland’s offensive attack was led by Jonathan Rodriguez, who scored two times on his four total shot attempts. Felipe Mora and Eryk Williamson were the other two offensive players to score, with Santiago Moreno and Juan David Mosquera picking up the assists.

On the defensive end, the Timbers allowed just three shots on goal, with James Pantemis making two saves. Overall, Nashville took 12 shots, and Portland’s defenders finished with three blocked shots and six interceptions.

Through 23 matches, the Portland Timbers have a record of 9-8-6, which has them in 5th place in the Western Conference. Overall, they have been a better team at home, going 6-2-3, compared to 3-6-3 on the road. In matches where they have been favored, they have a record of 6-1-2. Over their last three matches, they have gone 2-1, with their only loss coming on the road against FC Dallas. Following this match, they will head on the road to take on the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 21st.

Real Salt Lake Offense Breakdown

Real Salt Lake has been the best offensive team in MLS this season, averaging 2.2 goals per match. Cristian Arango has been the catalyst for their attack, leading the league with 17 goals scored. He also leads the team in shots on goal. Diego Luna is the team’s leader in assists, with eight on the season, which is sixth in the league. He has also scored five goals, which is fourth on the team. Overall, Real Salt Lake is fifth in the league in passing percentage and second in shots on goal per match.

Portland Timbers Offense Breakdown

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Jonathan Rodríguez is the top scorer for the Portland Timbers this season, and he is also 13th in the MLS in goals scored. He has 11 goals on the season, and he has also taken the most shots on goal for the Timbers. Evander is the leader in assists for Portland, and he is also 4th in the league in that category. He has 9 assists on the season, and he is also 2nd on the team in goals scored. This season, the Timbers are 5th in the league in goals scored, and they have scored more than their season average in 5 straight matches. They are 14th in shots on goal, and they have taken more shots on goal than their season average in 4 straight matches. They are 26th in the league in corners, and they have had fewer corners than their opponents in 60.9% of their matches. They are 19th in the league in passing percentage.

Real Salt Lake Defense Breakdown

Real Salt Lake’s defense has been inconsistent of late, as they have given up seven goals over their last four matches (1.8 per match). They have given up two goals in each of their last two matches, including a match against the 22nd ranked offense in the league. On the season, they are giving up 1.2 goals per match, which is 6th in the MLS. Keeper Zac MacMath has four clean sheets on the season, which is 11th in the league.

Portland Timbers Defense Breakdown

Heading into their match against Real Salt Lake, the Portland Timbers’ defense is currently 20th in MLS, allowing 1.7 goals per match. This includes giving up three goals to FC Dallas on July 5th. However, they did have a clean sheet against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on June 23rd. Overall, they are 24th in blocked shots and 19th in interceptions. Keeper Maxime Crépeau is 29th in saves and has yet to record a clean sheet in 13 starts.

Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers Prediction

With Real Salt Lake coming in as the top-scoring team in the MLS, we like them to pick up a road win over the Timbers. Our prediction is a final score of 2-1 in favor of Real Salt Lake, with the payout at +200. Real Salt Lake has been the better team at getting shots on goal this season, and they also have a slight edge in terms of shooting percentage. Look for Cristian Arango to find the net for Real Salt Lake, while Jonathan Rodriguez is our top projected goal scorer for the match.

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