Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders Prediction & Betting Picks
While Major League Soccer has seen a number of rivalries develop across the United States and Canada over the last 26 seasons, none have the intensity, or history, of the Cascadian contest between the Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders. This weekend’s clash at Providence Park will be as fierce as ever.
Both rivals currently sit in the play-off places in the Western Conference with the Sounders just one point off the pace being set by Sporting KC. However, the Timbers have the quality to claim a victory in front of their own supporters. Here are some tips and predictions for the MLS fixture between Portland and Seattle on Sunday August 15.
Portland Timbers v Seattle Sounders Prediction
Providence Park, Sunday August 15, 10pm ET
The Portland Timbers come into this match on the back of a whirlwind 3-2 win over Real Salt Lake. Felipe Mora netted his sixth goal of the MLS season in that game and the Chilean will once again be a threat against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday - no Timbers player has averaged more shots per game (3.3) than him.
On the flip side of the fixture, Seattle’s recent form has been rather patchy having won just two of their last six fixtures in the league. However, Brian Schmetzer’s team boasts the second-best away record in the Western Conference having lost just one of the seven matches they have played on the road this season.
Injuries have played a significant role in the Sounders’ poor form over the last few weeks, but they are now coming to the end of that crisis with a number of players returning to the fold. Their 3-0 win over Tigres in the Leagues Cup hinted at what a fully healthy Seattle squad can produce, even if the Liga MX side played a second string side.
Nicolas Lodeiro played 25 minutes in that victory over Tigres with the Uruguayan showing hints of his former brilliance. That should serve as a warning to the Portland Timbers who will have to control the middle of the pitch to ensure Lodeiro, as well as Fredy Montero and Raul Ruidiaz, are kept quiet.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in six of the Seattle Sounders’ last seven games which hints at a certain toothless in front of goal, but they are slowly rediscovering their groove and a Cascadia Cup clash against their closest and most historic rivals could be the thing that sees them find firepower.