Chivas - Portland Betting Preview: Expect goals to be few and far between

With both teams out of form and struggling for goals, Phil Kitromilides is predicting a low-scoring encounter at the Home Depot Center on Wednesday evening
Having failed to win an away match in MLS since October last year, it is perhaps surprising to find the Portland Timbers priced at only 61/20 (4.05) with Panbet to claim a victory this evening against Chivas.

Having lost six of their last seven away matches, the team from Washington State are on a miserable run of form on the road, and the bottom side in the Eastern Conference will be short of confidence.

Their opponents tonight have fared a little better in recent weeks, with Chivas recovering from an appalling start to the season, to record three wins in their last six matches in all competitions.

A home win can be backed at evens (2.00) this evening, but with only two victories in their own backyard all season, Chivas too inspire little confidence for punters.

In encounters where both sides are out of form and lacking that all important confidence, the temptation is to back under 2.5 goals being scored and this is offered at 18/25 (1.72).

Chivas' home matches have generally been low scoring affairs, with seven of the 10 played in MLS this season, seeing under 2.5 goals.

Portland meantime have been in woeful scoring form on the road, failing to net in any of their last five away matches, and while they have been leaking goals fairly consistently, expect this to be a tight affair between two of the conference's most out-of-form sides.

If a close match is predicted than a small value bet on the draw could be a wise investment and it is available at 12/5 (3.40). Both sides would be fairly satisfied with a draw and with two of Chivas' last four matches ending in stalemates, the price looks appealing.

Under2.5 goals at 18/25 (1.72) with Panbet
The Draw at 12/5 (3.40) with Panbet

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.