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LAFC v Portland Timbers

A rivalry showdown that could set the tone in the top of the table in the Western Conference. Portland Timbers trade snow for sun with their visit to the Los Angeles Football Club.

LAFC

In their home opener, LAFC rallied from a goal down to, winning in stunning fashion on a Adama Diomonde goal deep into stoppage time over Sporting Kansas City. And well deserved it was. With 14 shots and almost 500 passes on the day, LAFC put in a good day’s work overcoming Kansas City’s physical presence. So physical that seven yellows were handed to them including a player ejection.

It wasn’t pretty, but LA handled their business. After falling behind 16 minutes into the game, LAFC answered just after halftime with a Diego Rossi score. After being challenged by coach Bob Bradley to be as good as Messi, forward Carlos Vela was brilliant, dribbling with purpose and showing off his tactical abilities. Bold namedropping, Bob.

LAFC Injury News

  • Out: Midfielder Alejandro Guido (right quad strain)
  • Out: Midfielder Andre Horta (right quad strain)
  • Questionable: Forward Josh Perez (left hamstring strain)

LAFC Home MLS Form

04.03.2019 WIN LAFC v Sporting Kansas City 2 – 1 (HT 0 – 1)
02.11.2018 LOSS LAFC v Real Salt Lake 2 – 3 (HT 1 – 1)
21.10.2018 DRAW LAFC v Vancouver Whitecaps 2 – 2 (HT 2 – 1)
13.10.2018 WIN LAFC v Houston Dynamo 4 – 2 (HT 1 – 1)
22.09.2018 WIN LAFC v SJ Earthquakes 2 – 0 (HT 1 – 0)

Portland Timbers

Even though they won’t be home, and a tough opponent, Portland Is glad to be in warmer Los Angeles this weekend after the extremes of snow-mageddon in Colorado, the coldest game in MLS history. Weather aside, not being able to overcome a 10-man Rapids team has left a bad taste with the Timbers. They did come out with a tie, nonetheless a disappointing outcome considering having leads on two separate occasions, having a man up for almost an hour, and demoralized with an equalizer in the 94th minute.

Considering the conditions, it’s hard to have any meaningful takeaways from Portland’s overall performance. For what it’s worth, winger Andy Polo seems to be in midseason form, while on the other hand forward Jeremy Ebobisse was MIA. But, the weather. This game against LAFC will provide more of a measuring stick for where Portland is as a team.

Portland Timbers Injury News

  • Out: Goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic (left tibial stress fracture)
  • Out: Goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh (left thigh strain)
  • Questionable: Defender Bill Tuiloma (right lower leg strain)

Portland Timbers Away MLS Form

03.03.2019 DRAW Colarado Rapids v Portland Timbers 3 – 3 (HT 1 – 2)
09.12.2018 LOSS Atlanta United v Portland Timbers 2 – 0 (HT 1 – 0)
30.11.2018 WIN Sporting Kansas City v Portland Timbers 2 – 3 (HT 1 – 0)
09.11.2018 WIN Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers 5 – 6 (HT 0 – 0)
01.11.2018 WIN FC Dallas v Portland Timbers 1 – 2 (HT 0 – 1)

Head to Head Statistics

19.07.2018 US Open Cup LAFC v Portland Timbers 3 – 2 (HT 2 – 1)
16.07.2018 MLS League LAFC v Portland Timbers 0 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)
19.05.2018 MLS League Portland Timbers v LAFC 2 – 1 (HT 0 – 0)

The Odds

Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.

LAFC to win @ 1.70 (7/10) with Betfair.
Portland Timbers to win @ 4.80 (19/5) with William Hill.
Draw @ 4.33 (10/3) with Betfair.

Odds taken at 11:00 GMT 10/03/2019

Our Verdict and Best Bets

This has the looks of an even matchup. Both teams should get their opportunities, feeling like a draw could be in order. However, give Portland the slight edge if it means one team coming out victorious.

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