With the Timbers boasting a superb defensive record at home, Phil Kitromilides thinks that backing 'No' in the both teams to score market is the best betIf LA Galaxy's away form mirrored their efforts at home, they would be comfortably clear at the top of the Western Conference.
As it is, four defeats in their last five matches on the road has left the reigning champions third in the table, just a point above their opponents from Portland.
Portland Timbers, meanwhile, boast one of the best home records anywhere in the country having won five of their last six games and suffering just one defeat in 13.
BetVictor price another home win at 29/20 (2.45) which, given the Timbers' run and Galaxy's away form, looks a fantastic price, while the side from Los Angeles can be backed at 2/1 (3.00).
Not only have the Timbers not lost a game at home since mid March, they have not even conceded a goal during that time, with six successive clean sheets at home.
Indeed, when the two sides met in California just three weeks ago, the match finished 0-0 and there is a temptation to back another low-scoring game.
Under 2.5 goals is offered at 10/11 (1.91), but for some higher odds back "No" in the both teams to score market at 23/20 (2.15).
This bet has paid out in each of Portland's last six home games and in three of the Galaxy's last five away matches.
For those looking for even higher odds, the price of 21/10 (3.10) for the home side to keep another clean sheet is surely difficult to ignore given their aforementioned defensive prowess at home.
|Both teams to score "No" 23/20 (2.15) with Bet Victor
||Portland Timbers to keep a clean sheet at 21/10 (3.15) with Bet Victor
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid