The two worst teams in the Western Conference face off on Friday night as the Portland Timbers look to jump ahead of the Colorado Rapids at 10:30 EDT.Colorado and Portland play their first of two matches this week against each other tonight at Jeld-Wen Field in the only MLS game tonight. In their only prior encounter this season, Colorado beat Portland 3-0 at home back in June.
All six games that Portland has won this season have been at home. The Timbers beat Vancouver last weekend 2-1 in a game that gave interim Head Coach Gavin Wilkinson his first win at the helm. It was the Timbers' first win after a nine-game winless run in all competitions.
That momentum may help them tonight, but Wilkinson will have to figure out a way to reduce the amount of goals hitting the back of the net as Portland has allowed 1.72 goals per game, second worst in all of MLS.
If Portland is able to hold the fort down, the outright win at 2.00 looks rather reasonable.
A draw result at 3.20 is tempting until you look at how dismal Colorado has been on the road this year.
The Rapids have lost 11 of 13 away games and have not tied either. The squad is winless in its last three, with a bad 4-1 away loss to San Jose coming in their match, and despite having beaten Portland earlier in the year it is not likely to leave the west coast with the full result.
If you still like Colorado but think the draw result may throw a wrench in the plans, then look at the Asian Handicap, where the Rapids at +0.0/+0.5 are offered at 1.86. On the opposite side of that equation finds Portland offering 1.98. The Over 2.5 is currently slated at 1.86 while the under can be had at 1.98.
Join Ladbrokes now for $120 in free bets when you open up a new account.