Portland Timbers (8th in the Western Conference – MLS) will host Sporting Kansas City (9th in the Western Conference – MLS) at Providence Park on the 8th of September. While Portland Timbers have 40 points in 27 rounds with 12 wins, 4 draws, and 11 losses, Sporting Kansas City managed to collect 37 points in 28 rounds with 10 wins, 7 draws and 11 losses.
First of all, Portland Timbers have returned to winning ways after losing twice in a row at home. They are currently only 2 points shy away from the playoff zone and they have played one less game than the team above them in the league table. They have been better on the road this season, which can be proven by statistics. Losing against Atlanta United and Seattle Sounders FC at home, they have shown us their incapability to compete against elite teams of the league. They were also on the verge of losing the game against Real Salt Lake but they managed to come out on top with an early goal scored by Diego Valeri.
On the other hand, Sporting Kansas City is in great form lately. They have won the last three matches and kept a clean sheet in two of them. Their objective is also to be in the playoff zone and recently they have been showing us the signs of their dedication. They remain three points behind Portland Timbers at the moment and this is a great opportunity for them to catch up with their rival.
While this will surely be a fierce competition between both teams, I do not think any of these two teams are clear favorites. Portland might have been better if you look at the overall performances of both teams but it should not be forgotten that Kansas City has been in an excellent form recently. As to head-to-head stats, Kansas City has kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 8 away matches against Portland in all competitions. Furthermore, Portland has seen under 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 9 home matches against Kansas City in all competitions. Two of the last four meetings between these two sides have ended goalless. Also, it should be noted that 3 of the last 5 matches between these two teams ended in a draw. Moreover, it can be clearly seen that Sporting Kansas City has experienced low scoring games recently. 3 of the last 4 matches of Kansas City have witnessed only 1 goal.
All in all, I believe the game will end in a draw and it is likely that a low-scoring game to take place. I will opt for Under 3 goals for this match. If you also want to enjoy these odds, open an account at the best betting software, VIP and win Big.