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LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers prediction and picks from MLS expert Graham Ruthven for the meeting between two Western Conference squads trying to solidify postseason positions.

LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers Prediction and Picks

When:  Saturday, October 16, 10.30 pm ET

Where:  Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson CA

LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers Odds

With just six rounds of fixtures left of the 2021 Major League Soccer regular season, there will be a lot on the line as the LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers meet in Carson this weekend. Both clubs are marquee MLS franchises with a track record of winning the biggest prizes in North American soccer. As a result, a lot is expected of both teams.

The Timbers arrive in California in good shape, but the same can’t be said of the Galaxy, who need a big result to stop their slide down the Western Conference standings. Here are some tips and information ahead of the MLS fixture between the LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers on Saturday, October 16.

LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers Prediction

The strong start LA Galaxy made to the 2021 season is fading with every match they go without a win. Indeed, Greg Vanney’s side looks to be falling away at the worst time, with the Carson club now nine MLS matches without a win. They must halt that slide to keep their place in the Western Conference play-off places.

On the flip side, the Portland Timbers look to be building genuine momentum ahead of the post-season, with Gio Savarese’s team currently on a run of seven wins from their last eight matches. As a result, the Timbers now sit in fourth place in the Western Conference standings and are edging closer to confirming their spot in the play-offs.

There have been over 2.5 total goals in the last nine meetings between the LA Galaxy and the Portland Timbers. This trend looks like a good bet to continue with the Timbers; currently, the hottest attacking outfit in the West - they have scored an impressive 14 goals in their last six MLS outings.

However, the LA Galaxy has found the back of the net just four times in the same timeframe. Vanney’s team has genuine attacking talent through the likes of Victor Vazquez and Javier Hernandez, but they are struggling to make the most of it. The failure to win another game would continue the Galaxy’s slide out of the play-off places this weekend.

LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers Picks

  • 1u - Portland Timbers Moneyline (+300)
  • 3u - Over 2.5 Total Goals (-182)

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Article Author


Graham Ruthven is a soccer writer and tipster who has written for the New York Times, Guardian, Eurosport and others.


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