Portland Timbers (@1.8) vs Real Salt Lake (@4.2)

Our Prediction:

Portland Timbers will win

Portland Timbers – Real Salt Lake Match Prediction | 27-08-2019 22:30

Kreilach scored in the fiftieth minute to end any faint hopes of a New England comeback, and is a good job he did too because Rowe did manage to pull a goal back for the visitors in the sixty-ninth minute. The game ended 4-1, but that scoreline certainly flattered Real who had just 42% of the possession, three corners to their guests ten, and only edged ahead in the shots on target statistic.

Portland won both meetings during the 2018 season, including a 4-1 road win on Oct. 6, 2018, behind a brace from Blanco. Saturdays match marks the 22nd meeting all-time in MLS regular-season play between Portland and Real Salt Lake (3-5-1, 10pts), with the series record even at 7-7-7. In the last 10 matches between the two clubs, the Timbers have posted a record of 5-2-3, and have earned at least a point in four of their last five trips (3-1-1) to Rio Tinto Stadium.

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Four of Portland Timbers and three of Real Salt Lakes last six matches have seen both teams score and produced over 2.5 goals, which is why were expecting goals at both ends of the pitch on Sunday. Were confident that both teams will score and over 2.5 goals will be produced in Sundays game, and have backed the match to end 2-2. Five of the last six meetings between the two clubs have seen both teams score and over 2.5 goals produced.

I dont suspect that Gio Savarese will stray too far from what has been working, and thats the old fashioned 4-4-2. The team seems to be clicking and it looks like Gio has settled on a back four of Jorge Moreira, Larrys Mabiala, Bill Tuiloma and Zarek Valentin. The Timbers are looking to put on a genuine winning streak if they can nab three points against RSL. Right now, it seems to be getting the job done, and why fix something that aint broken? I think this back four is working well together and no reason to screw that up either.

I knew they were hungry; the pairing of Marcelo (Silva) and Nedum (Onuoha), we knew we were facing a team that was extremely athletic, extremely strong, extremely fast and aggressive and if you look at those two thats a big part of their game, head coach Mike Petke said.

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Real Salt Lake gave it a good go away at LA Galaxy last time out, outdoing their hosts in all departments apart from the one that truly matters. The game appeared to be heading for a stalemate when that man Ibrahimovi popped up in the seventy-eighth minute to score what turned out to be the winning goal for Galaxy. The visitors created more chances and just about deserved the three points which were handed to them thanks to a seventieth minute effort from Ebobisse. A goal from Antuna saw LA Galaxy go in at the break in front, but Toia equalised for Real Salt Lake shortly after the hour mark. Portland Timbers had to come from behind away at Toronto last weekend, equalising just two minutes after conceding through Tuiloma.

He came to Real Salt Lake via Norwegian side Valerenga, where he netted 11 goals in 21 matches. Newly acquired Liberian forward Sam Johnson will be the lone striker up top in the 4-2-3-1. He has picked up just one assist so far this season. While he hasnt scored yet this season, he is a danger to do so. In four starts this season, hes netted two goals. Another one to keep an eye on is homegrown player Corey Baird.

Real Salt Lake continued to push forward in search of a goal that would bring them back into the game, but instead it was Portland who scored next through Melano late on to wrap up a 4-1 win. Salt Lake had 55% of the overall possession and more corners than their guests, so to lose by three goals will have hurt and the visitors will surely be out for revenge this weekend.

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Portland Timbers have won their last two matches, both of which have come away from home and featured over 2.5 goals, and with that in mind were expecting an away win and plenty of goals scored in Sundays match. The recent head to head record between these two clubs and their performances over the last couple of weeks, suggests that Portland Timbers have a great chance of picking up three points on Sunday, and that the game will likely feature over 2.5 goals. Portland Timbers have won four of their last six matches against Real Salt Lake, and the last five encounters between the pair have produced over 2.5 goals. Five of Real Salt Lakes and each of Portland Timbers last six matches have also seen over 2.5 goals scored, but both teams head into the game having lost four and won two of their last six MLS matches.