Portland Timbers - Seattle Sounders Betting Preview: Backing the home side looks a solid bet

Sounders travel 170 miles south to Portland for a crunch match in the Western Conference for second versus third - and there's a spot at the top up for grabs
With only a handful of game-weeks left in the MLS regular season, every point is vital in trying to secure a spot in the play-offs. Seattle Sounders visit the Portland Timbers with one point separating the two sides, with the Timbers playing an extra game.

Despite sitting in second position in the Western Conference, Sounders seem to be throwing away their chance to finish top, losing their last two matches and without a win in their last four.

Adrian Hanauer's side finished third in the Western Conference last term, a position they should better unless they don't win until the end of the regular season.

With the Sounders finishing up in the Conference Finals in the play-offs last term, expectation is high amongst the squad. BetVictor price them at 13/5 (3.60) to win the match.

Portland Timbers, in contrast to the Sounders, have been in solid form of late. Caleb Porter's side are unbeaten in their last five, winning three of those matches. They currently sit in third position in the conference, two points behind Real Salt Lake at the top, with a game in hand over them.

The Timbers had a disappointing campaign last season, finishing eighth in the Western Conference and failing to qualify for the play-off stage. BetVictor price them at 23/20 (2.15) to take all three points. The same firm price the draw at 23/10 (3.30).

The price of Portland to win at 23/20 (2.15) seems like a fantastic option when you consider their current home form.

The Timbers are unbeaten in their last 16 matches at Jeld-Wen Field, winning a remarkable 13 of those games, including their last three in the MLS. With Sounders losing five of their last eight matches away from home, it's certainly worth backing the home side.

Portland Timbers to win for a 2pt stake at 23/20 (2.00) with BetVictor

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