Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers – MLS, October 22, 2020
The top two in the Western Conference go head-to-head on Thursday, October 22, as Seattle welcomes Portland to CenturyLink Field.
The teams currently sit level on 31 points, although the Sounders have a game in hand over the Timbers. Both sides will be eager to return winning ways this week following draws in their previous outings.
After assessing the bookies’ odds, I give my Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers prediction and betting pick.
Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers Odds
Despite the teams being locked on 31 points, the leading online soccer betting sites view Seattle (1.85) as the favorite to win this one. The bookies clearly believe the Sounders will benefit from playing at home, but you’d be foolish to write off Portland (3.50) altogether.
At first glance, I really like the look of the hefty price for the draw (4.00). Let’s take a closer look at both sides and attempt to make sense of the odds.
Seattle has only lost four of their 17 games this season, but it is important to remember that two of those defeats came against Portland. The Sounders have destroyed just about everything in their path in 2020, but they have struggled to deal with the Timbers.
Three straight victories over LA Galaxy, Vancouver Whitecaps, and Real Salt Lake saw Brian Schmetzer’s men put daylight between them and the rest of the division earlier in the month. But having taken just one point from their previous two outings, Seattle’s lead has diminished.
Still, the defending MLS Cup champions remain on course to defend their crown.
The Sounders put in an uncharacteristic performance against San Jose last time out, with the Quakes limiting Schmetzer’s side to just a single shot on target. But with Raul Ruidiaz and Jordan Morris in solid goalscoring form, it’s difficult to imagine Seattle going two straight games without a goal.
Meanwhile, Portland appeared to be heading for victory over LAFC on Sunday. Jeremy Ebobisse netted his third goal in four games to give his side the lead just after half-time, but 16-year-old Christian Torres stunned the Timbers with an injury-time equalizer.
A victory would have seen the Oregon club leapfrog Seattle at the top of the Western Conference, but Giovanni Savarese’s men were forced to settle for a draw.
But having lost just one of their last eight games, Portland will be confident of getting back on track pretty quickly. RSL ended an impressive five-game winning streak for the Timbers last week, and not many MLS teams pick up five wins in a row.
Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Pick
Seattle and Portland will both be aiming to end two-game winless runs on Thursday, with both sides taking just one point from their previous two outings. This is likely to lead to a cagey encounter, as neither team will want to go three games without a victory.
The Timbers have enjoyed playing against the Sounders this year, although Seattle did claim a 3-0 win in this fixture just after Portland won the MLS is Back Tournament. There really is very little to separate the two teams at the moment, so I can see this game ending in a draw.