Okay, MyBookie soccer betting faithful, if you’re ready for some big-time action, then you should know it’s going down in a big way on Tuesday night when the Portland Timbers and Orlando City SC meet in the MLS is Back Tournament Final on Tuesday night. With both clubs looking to cap off this fun-filled tourney with a huge victory that will see the winner claim a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League, let’s find out which team is offering the best betting value in this high-stakes pairing of championship hopefuls, along with their MLS odds.
MLS is Back Tournament Final – Portland Timbers Vs Orlando City SC Analysis
Why Bet On Orlando SC
Orlando City SC has not lost in their last six matches and comes into the championship off a convincing 3-1 victory over Minnesota United FC on Thursday night. Orlando controlled the ball for 49.8 percent of the match and got the win as Nani scored a pair of goals and Benji Michel added another. Orlando got outshot by a whopping margin of 17-7 but they won the shots on target battle 4-3. Chris Mueller has scored a team-high four goals in the competition while Nani has two goals and two assists. Defensively, keeper Pedro Gallese has allowed been outstanding in limiting the opposition to just five goals on 18 shots faced. Orlando averages 1.5 goals per game (11th)while allowing just 0.9 per contest defensively to rank third overall.
Why Bet On Portland
Portland has won two straight and has not lost in their last seven matches. The Timbers reached the finals by recording a hard-fought 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday as Jeremy Ebobisse and Sebastian Blanco found the back of the net. The Timbers were outshot 17-15 and lost the shots on target battle 8-7, but keeper Steve Clark turned back six of those shots while allowing seven goals on 19 shots faced in the competition. The Timbers have scored at least two goals in five of their last six matches. Diego Valeri leads Portland with three goals, while Blanco has one goal and three assists. Portland averages 1.8 goals per game (6th) while allowing 1.3 goals per game defensively (7th).
General Match Info Portland Timbers (6-1-1) vs. Orlando City SC (5-1-2)
- When: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 8:30 PM ET
- Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, FL
- Timbers Vs Orlando City Live: ESPN
- Money Lines: Orlando City SC +144 / Portland Timbers +170 / Draw +246
- Total: 2¾
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Orlando City SC has gone an impressive 3-1-1 in five all-time meetings while outscoring the Timbers 10-7 along the way, but the pair played to a 1-1 draw the last time they met back on July 18, 2019. With this clash being a virtual home game for SC, I like Orlando for the ‘upset’ seeing as how the slight majority of soccer betting enthusiasts are backing Portland to get it done in this one, based mostly on past postseason experience. Orlando’s defense has been rock-solid and keeper Pedro Gallese is my pick to win MVP. This one will be a tight affair, but in the end, I like Orlando to get it done by a single goal.
Pick: Orlando SC 3 Portland 2