On a weekend full of big matches, Toronto FC, leaders of the Western Conference
Will host the Portland Timbers. Both teams have excellent attacks, amongst the best in the whole league. On the defensive side however, the Canadians stand out, being much better than their visitors this weekend.
Toronto has been showing signs of inconsistency, since they are capable of comfortable victories, for example at Orlando (3-1) or at home vs New Your City (4-0), but also some compromising draws, against opponents such as Colorado, at home, and DC United, on their last week’s away match.
This team has become solid in the back, and they live off of the inspiration of Italian flamboyant attacking midfielder Sebastian Giovinco, well backed by the experience of players such as Altidore or Michael Bradley.
Their system with 3 defenders and very offensive wing backs has allowed them to bring their game to their opponent’s midfield.
The Portland Timbers have their inconsistency as a trademark, despite having bought several good players to reinforce their squad, namely for the midfield positions.
After the end of the Gold Cup, Caleb Porter now has Guzmán, Blanco, Valeri and Nagbe available again, which turns the Timbers in one of the most creative squads in the whole MLS.
They lack however, defensive solidity, which has made them suffer 39 goals in only 24 matches played.
Toronto FC vs Portland Timbers Pick:
If you’re looking for a safe bet, going for Both teams to score is an easy pick, that wouldn’t shock anyone if it does occur (1.48 at Bet.pt).
However, it is worth it to go a bit greedier on this match, since we have this Toronto FC side showing great motivation in these important matches, and a great ability of imposing their dominance at their own stadium.
If i tis true that Guzmán has brought an increase in quality for the Timbers, in this match it might not be enough to give a good result for the green and white jerseys.