Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles FC 7/21/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

The Portland Timbers have been struggling with consistency in this season but did manage to return to winning ways in their last match. They will now look to make it two in a row when they will host Los Angeles FC on Wednesday. Los Angeles FC had their struggled earlier in the season but they have now won 3 in a row and are coming in hot.  

Portland (5-6-1) are coming off a really quiet match at home against FC Dallas over the weekend. The two teams had just 4 shots on goal combined, and it was Portland who scored the only goal of the match at the 84th minute with Ebobisse for the final 1-0 win. They had won just 1 of their previous 5 matches (1-3-1) with their defense looking really bad. Portland are now sitting at the 7th spot of the Western Conference with 16 points, scoring 15 and conceding 19 points. 8 of their 12 matches so far had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 2.8 goals per match. The Timbers have been solid at home so far (4-2-0), scoring 9 and conceding 5 goals, but keeping just 1 clean sheet in the process. 4 of their 6 home matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 2.3 goals per match. 

Los Angeles FC (6-4-3) played a really one-sided match at home against Real Salt Lake, but it took a late goal for them to grab all 3 points. Rossi took an early lead at the 10th minute but Real Salt Lake pulled even just 8 minutes later. Carlos Vela had the chance to take the lead at the 60th minute but he missed on a penalty kick, but he made amends when he scored at the 79th minute for the final 2-1 win. That was their 3rd consecutive win and 4th in their last 5, while keeping 3 clean sheets in the process. Los Angeles FC are sitting at the 5th spot of the Western Conference with 21 points, scoring 17 and conceding 13 goals in return. Just 5 of their 13 matches so far had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of just 2.3 goals per match. Los Angeles FC have been mediocre on the road so far (2-3-1), scoring 6 and conceding 7 goals, and only 2 of those matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of just 2.2 goals per match.

Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles FC. The two teams met on 4 occasions last season, where 3 were draws and Los Angeles FC won at home by 4-2. All 4 matches had goals from both sides, but only 2 had Over 2.5 Goals. Things have been really balanced at Portland, with each team winning once and the third match was a draw. This is a tricky match, as Portland are generally good at home, while Los Angeles traditionally struggle on the road (they had a 1-6-1 record on the road last season, scoring 8 and conceding 19 goals). Taking Portland with +0.25 here.

Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles FC 7/21/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

MLS Starting Time: 21:30PM EDT

Location: Providence Park, Portland

Date: Wednesday, July 21st 

MLS Odds: Los Angeles FC -0.25

MLS Totals: 2.75

Free MLS Pick: Portland +0.25 

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