San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers Pick – MLS, August 26, 2020
Following their MLS is Back Tournament triumph, Portland was brought back down to earth by Seattle Sounders on Sunday. The Timbers lost 3-0 as they returned to regular-season action, so they will be aiming to get back on track when they visit San Jose on Wednesday.
The Quakes reached the quarter-finals in Florida but haven’t played since. Still, Matias Almeyda’s side could leapfrog Portland in the Western Conference with a win on August 26.
I discuss the odds before sharing my San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers prediction and betting pick.
Latest Betting Odds
After lifting the MLS is Back Tournament trophy, Portland (3.25) surprisingly comes into this game as the bookies’ outsider. San Jose (2.15) is 10bet’s favorite here, but I like the price for the draw (3.45) at first glance.
Can the Timbers upset the odds? Or will the Quakes come out on top? I assess both teams’ chances below.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers Preview
Days before the regular season was put on hold, San Jose suffered a crushing 5-2 defeat at the hands of Minnesota United. Things didn’t look good in California at that stage, but a lot has changed since then.
The Goonies strung together an eye-catching unbeaten group-stage campaign at the MLS is Back Tournament before thrashing Real Salt Lake in the Round of 16. San Jose eventually fell to Minnesota in the quarter-finals, but I’m sure that Almeyda will be proud of his team’s efforts.
Veteran forward Chris Wondolowski has been the star of the show for the Quakes of late. The 37-year-old netted three goals in Florida, coming off the bench to score in three consecutive games. However, the club would be foolish to rely on the aging Wondolowski to produce goals on a consistent basis throughout the 2020 campaign.
Following a sixth-place finish in the Western Conference last term, I don’t think many people expected Portland to do anything special at the MLS is Back Tournament. But the Timbers exceeded all expectations. After finishing above pre-tournament favorite LAFC at the top of Group F, Giovanni Savarese’s men saw off FC Cincinnati, New York City, Philadelphia Union, and Orlando City to clinch the prize.
Still, Portland was comprehensively beaten by Seattle on Sunday. The Timbers conceded three goals in the final 20 minutes on the way to suffering their second defeat of the season. If the Oregon club continues to defend so poorly, dreams of an MLS Cup success will quickly disappear.
Prediction and Pick
Portland was given a huge wake-up call in their previous game, so I’m expecting a response from Savarese’s players on Wednesday. Having said that, San Jose is more than capable of getting something from this game. Given the unpredictable nature of both teams, I recommend backing the draw.