LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers Prediction, Betting Odds, Picks
- With the 2021 Gold Cup continuing through the weekend, some prominent names will be missing for the LA Galaxy
- Questions surround the Portland Timbers in their matches away from home
- Both teams have shown some deficiencies in defense
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LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers Odds
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|LA Galaxy win||+110 |
|Portland Timbers win||+225 |
LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers Picks
The LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers, each coming off a loss in their latest matches, have seen better days.
The Galaxy are returning to southern California with low morale after two defeats and a draw during a recent away trip.
Without some of their best names, countless weaknesses and problems have emerged in their XI.
As for the Timbers, inconsistency seems to be the theme for 2021. Heading into Friday, Portland have yet to go more than two matches in a row without a loss.
The Galaxy should be able to have the advantage at home against an erratic team, but that said, it’s difficult to think they’ll be able to compensate for some of their absences.
It’ll be a close one.
Pick the tie for Galaxy vs Timbers (+275).
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How to Watch LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers
|LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers Information|
|Teams||LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers|
|Location||Dignity Health Sports Park (Los Angeles, California)|
|Time||Friday, July 30th at 7:00 pm PT/10:00 pm ET|
|How to Watch||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers Prediction
Although both teams are in the playoff conversation for the Western Conference, fans likely haven’t been thrilled with how things have turned out in recent weeks.
Often mercurial, Portland have drifted in and out of encouraging victories and suspicious defeats.
This month has been a perfect example.
After kicking off July with a noteworthy 4-1 loss to Austin, the Timbers clinched two wins at home before allowing Minnesota United to launch 28 shots against them in a 2-1 defeat.
In theory, this should point to three points for the Galaxy.
Nonetheless, they’ve had some complications as well with only one win in their last five games.
The Galaxy are dropping points left and right, and unluckily, the solution won’t be within reach this week.
Galaxy Have Been Left Without Some Crucial Components
Here are a few of the missing players in the Galaxy’s last match: Javier Hernandez, Efrain Alvarez, Jonathan dos Santos and Sebastian Lletget.
While Hernandez was recovering from an injury, the rest of those named (and a couple more) were absent due to their involvement in the 2021 Gold Cup.
Without those options, the Galaxy look like an entirely different group of players that have allowed eight goals in just their last three matches.
And even if Hernandez is 100% fit for the upcoming game, he won’t have the assistance of Alvarez, Dos Santos or Lletget in support.
Portland Haven’t Offered Much Away From Home
The Galaxy will be vulnerable, but then again, so will the Timbers.
Along with their occasional discrepancies, they’ve also emerged as a team that hasn’t been able to do much damage outside of Portland.
Of their seven away games, they have five defeats, one draw and just one win.
As for that one away win, it was up against a San Jose Earthquakes side that have had 12 goals scored against them in just seven matches at home.
Offensively, Portland have had some low numbers when it comes to hitting their target, averaging only 2.9 shots on target per away game.
Both Sides Have Had Questionable Defensive Performances
In the end, what both teams have in common in recent weeks are doubts regarding their backlines.
As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy have given up eight goals in just their last three matches. In their latest game, they were clobbered 4-0 last week by FC Dallas.
Portland have allowed 10 goals in their last six matches, and most notably, they’ve only been able to claim one clean sheet in their last eight.
Granted, they were able to defeat LAFC and FC Dallas earlier this month, but like the Galaxy, the Timbers are far too inconsistent.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast. Email: [email protected]