Place: USA. Portland (Oregon State). Providence Park.
Date: on the 22nd of July, 2018 (Sunday)
Match start: 04:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: MLS championship. Regular season. West-East.
Portland Timbers (the head coach Giovanni Savarese)
We present to your attention a match between two challengers for berths into preliminary round of the MILS Cup playoffs. In the status of the hosts is the fourth club of the Western Conference Portland, and the guests – the sixth team of the East Montreal.
In sixteen last matches the main club of the Oregon State has won eight victories and has suffered three defeats. And, the last for today the third fiasco of the team of Giovanni Savarese has happened more than three months ago, on the 8th of April (away match against Orlando City (3:2)). Since then the current winning streak of Portland which consists of eight victories and four draws has begun. And in five last home matches the hosts of Providence Park have won over Seattle (1:0), FC Los Angeles (2:1) and San Jose (2:1). And during the matches with Galaxy (1:1) and Sporting Kansas City (0:0) the draw was recorded.
Thus, a stable game within three months has considerably strengthened the positions of the Greens in a champion race of the Western Conference where today the team of Giovanni Savarese takes the fourth position – 30 points (+8=6-3).
As we have already noted, one of three Canadian clubs in the current season of MLS Montreal Impact will be the closest rival of Portland. Recently, the Black and blues are headed by well-known to the European football fans French expert Rémi Garde, who was earlier the coach of Lyon (2011-2014) and English Aston Villa (2015-2016).
The new team of Rémi Garde has scored twenty seven points (+9=0-12) in twenty one matches of the current championship and now takes the sixth line in the standings of the Eastern Conference. However here it is necessary to say about absolutely different game of Montreal on home arena and during away matches. In eleven away matches the Canadian club has suffered nine defeats.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Portland vs. Montréal
The previous meeting of current rivals in the State of Oregon has taken place on the 14th of July 2016, that is, two years ago and has ended with a productive draw (1:1). But, nevertheless, in the forthcoming new match the hosts are considered to be the bright favorite: Portland – 1.55, Montréal – 5.75.
So, we have classical variant of the match of two extremely motivated rivals. Now both Portland and Montreal are fighting for places into autumn round of the playoffs. Taking into account more stable game of the team of Giovanni Savarese, here the bet made on clear win of the hosts of Providence Park seems to be more logical.
Portland Timbers And Over 2.5 – odds 2.1 Betfair
Portland Timbers And Both teams to score – odds 2.55 10 Bet