Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 09:30pm EST at Earthquakes Stadium
Saturday Was a Fluke
You have got to hand it to San Jose for the way they bounced back after a 7-1 defeat last week. Quakes went back home and faced Galaxy; one of the most in form teams in MLS on the weekend and managed a 0-0 draw. I for one was shocked with that result, as San Jose owns one of the worst defenses in the league with twenty-six goals allowed.
Do not let that draw fool you. This team is still extremely poor defensively and will now host Portland who can fill up the net with the best of them. Ageless wonder Chris Wondolowski seems to be heading into his eleventh consecutive season with double-digit goals, which is astounding given his reduced playing time and, of course, his age. The thirty-seven-year-old forward has recaptured his spot in the starting eleven and has already put up four goals this season.
Unfortunately for Wondo and the rest of his teammates, the defense has been invisible all year, and things should be no different Wednesday night. Most sports betting websites have San Jose as the favorites against Portland, which is a price I would stay far away from.
The Goals Keep on Coming
If there is one thing you can say about Portland, it is that they are consistent when it comes to the goals market. The last four matches for this club have seen both teams score and over 2.5 goals. Portland’s midfield shape that helped them win the MLS is Back tournament has seemingly vanished as teams are breaking their lines with ease moving into the final third.
Skipper Giovanni Savarese has been modifying his lineup and formation to no avail over the last few weeks and it seems he is running out of options. Wide midfielder Sebastian Blanco was one of the best players in the league this season until he ruptured his ACL on September sixth versus rival Seattle Sounders.
Blanco had two goals and five assists going in just nine matches. Replacing that void has been difficult, but Timbers still managed to score two goals over the weekend against Los Angeles FC. That is encouraging news for all goal total bettors, and I will stay on the total in this match Wednesday night. If you look at the back line of this Portland squad you will notice the center back pairing seems to change nearly every single week.
Obviously that is a sign of complete uncertainty, which is why this team has allowed twenty-two goals this year, level with Vancouver who are the worst team in the Western Conference. You would have to think a team like San Jose will be able to jump on them at home Wednesday, and I see a heap of goals coming.
My Pick: Both Teams to Score & Over 2.5 Goals -135 (1.74) Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)