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Pick: Portland Timbers (+175)
Portland has put together a stellar MLS postseason so far. In fact, they have not conceded a goal in their last two matches, which helped them win the conference title.
Portland cruised past Real Salt Lake 2-0 in the conference final which was preceded by a diligent 1-0 win against Colorado in the conference semis. This defensive solidity is one of the reasons that Portland will be hard to beat in this particular contest.
New York City FC, on the other hand, have beaten two quality opponents in their last two games. However, those performances would have taken a lot out of New York City FC, from an energy standpoint. That could be one of the reasons to back Portland in this final.
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Portland have built a game so strong that they are not relying on individual players for production. Felipe Mora has led the scoring for the team with 11 goals.
Not too far behind is Dairon Asprilla, who has scored 10 goals.
However, the team is waiting on the fitness of one of their playmakers in Sebastian Blanco. He has led the team in assists with seven this season, and his return to fitness will undeniably buoy the team. Here is what he had to say about his health status.
After Colorado, I was almost out. So we talk about it almost being a miracle to arrive in this game. So be part of this team and be part of this game is very important to me. But of course, no matter what happens Saturday, if I can play or not, the important thing is to be ready to be part of what we need to support our team.
New York City FC have certainly been in sprightly offensive form in the postseason. They scored 56 goals in the regular season, second-most in the Eastern Conference.
“It’s about our performance and we have the confidence that we know if we’re performing well, we can beat anybody,” Ronny Deila said. “And that’s something that the teams who play against us know. And we have shown that over and over again over a long time. I’m quite convinced that we’re in the right mode to go out and perform.”
This was done primarily on the back of a sensational season from Valentin Castellanos, who is currently leading the MLS in goals scored this season, with 19. Maxi Moralez and Jesus Madina will both be influential factors in the final third, which should ensure that New York City FC are no pushovers in this MLS final.
“We enjoy playing in good atmospheres and we’ve done that at Yankee Stadium for season after season now and going to different places,” goalkeeper Sean Johnson said. Obviously, this is going to be a great atmosphere on Saturday, but I think a big thing for our group is that we’ve embraced all these moments along the way. We don’t look at it as something that’s a negative, but more so that we worked hard and we deserve to be here.”
If you’re looking for prop betting suggestions, you could consider over 2.5 goals in this match. That is because both teams have showcased incredible offensive prowess in the final third this season.
New York City FC’s offensive excellence was evident in their last two games, where they have combined to score four goals, two in each of their previous two matches. Overall, this seems like one for the over in terms of total goals scored.
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|Portland Timbers vs New York City FC Information
|Portland Timbers vs New York City FC
|Providence Park (Portland, Oregon)
|Saturday, December 11 at 3.00 PM EST
|How to Watch
|ABC, UniMás and TUDN (USA) and on TSN and TVA Sports (Canada)
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