Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake 8/7/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

The Portland Timbers have been really struggling with consistency this season and are coming into this match after a 3-match win-less streak. They are up against another highly inconsistent team, as they will play host to Real Salt Lake on Saturday. Real Salt Lake are coming off a loss to the LA Galaxy and this will be their 3

The Portland Timbers (6 wins, 8 losses, 2 draws) played quite a balanced match at home against the San Jose Earthquakes. They conceded an early goal at the 24th minute but responded with a goal at the end of the first half for the final 1-1. Portland are now win-less in their last 3 (2 losses, 1 draw) and have won just 2 of their last 8 matches (2 wins, 4 losses, 2 draws). They are sitting at the 8th spot of the Western Conference with 20 points, scoring 20 and conceding 27 goals. 11 of their 15 matches so far had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 2.9 goals per match. However, Portland have been very effective at home so far (5 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw), scoring 12 and conceding just 7 goals (2nd best home defense). 5 of their 8 home matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 2.4 goals per match.

Real Salt Lake (5 wins, 6 losses, 5 draws) are coming into this match after a slim 1-0 loss on the road against the LA Galaxy. They have been really unstable since June, alternating between win, loss and draw in each of their last 11 matches (3 wins, 4 losses, 4 draws). Even so, they are still clinging to the 7th spot of the Western Conference with 21 points, scoring 24 and conceding 17 goals, which is the 3rd best defense in the Conference. 10 of their 16 matches had Over 2.5 Goals so far, with an average of 2.6 goals per match. Real Salt Lake have not been anything special on the road so far (2 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws), scoring 10 and conceding just 8 goals. 5 of their 7 away matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 2.6 goals per match and goals from both sides in 4 of those matches. 

Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake. Real Salt Lake remained unbeaten in 2 matches against Portland last season, winning by 2-1 at home after a mouth-watering 4-4 draw in this venue. Real Salt Lake have won just 3 matches in this venue over the years (3 wins, 4 losses, 6 draws), and have won just 1 of their last 8 here (1 win, 3 losses, 4 draws). Both teams are struggling with performance issues all season and they have a long history of draws between them in this venue. Taking a shot with the +260 Draw here.

Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake 8/7/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

MLS Starting Time: 21:30PM EDT

Location: Providence Park, Portland

Date: Saturday, August 7th

MLS Odds: Real Salt Lake +0.5

MLS Totals: 2.75

Free MLS Pick: Draw 

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