The Montreal Impact will gunning for their second win of the season at home when they take on the Portland Timbers Saturday afternoon at Olympic Stadium.When the Impact host the Timbers for a Saturday matinee, both teams will be looking to develop on positives gained last week as Montreal was able to walk away from RFK Stadium with a point against a strong D.C. United squad, while Portland became the first team to defeat Sporting Kansas City last weekend at home courtesy of a 1-0 win.
Coming into the match, the Impact find themselves in second last place in the Eastern Conference with only five points from eight games, while the Timbers are at the bottom of the barrel in the West with seven points from seven games.
To win, Montreal is paying 2.25 on Ladbrokes while Portland is currently paying 2.90. The draw bet may be the best option here with a payout of 3.20 as both teams have failed to deliver the goods so far this season. Montreal has conceded a league worst 15 goals and sport a -8 goal difference, while Portland is still winless on the road with a 0-2-1 record.
The Asian handicap recommendation would be to wager on Portland at a respectable 2.16, while Montreal is at 1.70. Montreal's defensive woes have been costly early on in its inaugural season in Major League Soccer, and a team like Portland could capitalize on that, having scored an away goal in matches against FC Dallas and the L.A. Galaxy this season. The Timbers have also developed a physical style that was highly effective against Sporting last week, something that Montreal, which has more fouls than any other team in MLS, will have to effectively neutralize if the Quebec team wants the result.
The halftime/fulltime offerings include a draw/draw bet at 4.00, where a draw/Montreal result would pay 5.00 and a draw/Portland wager would see 6.50, the latter of which is something to consider. Even the Portland/Portland at 5.50 doesn't sound far-fetched.
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