MLS Betting: Orlando City SC v. Portland Timbers Preview
The MLS is Back Tournament started on July 8 and it comes to an end at the Wide World of Sports Tuesday night in Orlando. Two surprise teams play for the title as Portland Timbers take on Orlando City SC in the final night of action at the MLS bubble. The rest of MLS is ready to resume the regular season next week with games being played in home stadiums but without fans present. Let’s find out how these teams arrive into this Championship matchup, along with their MLS odds.
Orlando City SC v. Portland Timbers – MLS Betting Preview
Both teams won their groups in this tournament and then needed a shootout win to advance in the knockout round. The history between the teams is limited since Orlando City joined MLS as an expansion team. The Lions have won three times, Portland once and they have one draw in five total meetings.
Orlando City SC Outlook: Find Nani
Portuguese winger Nani has done exactly what Orlando City needed in this tournament after returning from an early-season suspension. He’s an MVP candidate with three goals and three assists in the six games plus a penalty shootout winner. He scored twice in the 3-1 semifinal win over Minnesota United and was unstoppable on the ball against the Loons.
Christopher Mueller has provided support for Nani with three goals while Tesho Akindele has two. Joao Moutinho has one goal and it was a massive strike to tie LAFC in added time and set the stage for an Orlando City shootout win. Orlando has outscored their opponents 11-6 in the tournament with Pedro Gallese making 17 saves.
Portland Timbers FC Outlook: Hold the Back Line
Portland’s attack has been fantastic in Orlando, minus the 0-0 draw against FC Cincinnati that resulted in a shootout win. Jeremy Ebobisse leads the way with four goals in six games while Sebastian Blanco has a tournament-leading five assists to go with three goals. Captain Diego Valeri has added two goals and one assists while helping Blanco control the pace.
The 2015 MLS Cup winners will look to hold the back line with Eryk Williamson and Diego Chara looking to neutralize Nani and Mueller. Steve Clark has made 19 saves in the tournament plus piloted a shootout win over FC Cincinnati. Manager Giovanni Savarese can count on experience as well as the Timbers have seven players remaining from the 2018 team that lost in the finals to Atlanta.
Orlando City SC v. Portland Timbers FC Betting Lines
- Money Lines: Orlando City SC +144 / Portland Timbers FC +170 / Draw +246
- Total: Over/Under 2 goals (O -117, U -112)
Orlando City was +5000 to win the tournament when play began while Portland was +2800. Both teams have improved throughout the month in Florida and now have nothing to lose as they go for the title Tuesday night. For Orlando it would be their first silverware in the MLS while Portland looks to add to their trophy case with the firepower of Blanco, Ebobisse and company.
FREE PICK: Portland Timbers FC to win (+163)