Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders Prediction, Odds & Picks
- Seattle’s latest results foreshadow more complications ahead
- MLS Is Back MVP Sebastian Blanco should be ready to continue his dominance for Portland
- In attacking support for Portland, striker Jeremy Ebobisse has garnered attention of his own
Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders Odds
Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders Predictions and Picks
Still basking in the glory of their MLS Is Back championship, the Timbers are the favorites here against their heated rivals. The Sounders always pack a punch in these derby matches, but will likely be just short of stealing a win from their adversaries that have much more momentum.
Portland’s confidence will be sky high after winning MLS Is Back.
Portland Timbers to win +125
How to Watch Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders
|Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders Information|
|What||Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders|
|Where||Providence Park (Portland, Oregon)|
|When||Sunday, August 23rd at 10:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||FS1|
Often regarded as the best and most authentic rivalry in American soccer, any battle between the Timbers and the Sounders is not one to be missed. Dating back to a pre-MLS era of regional soccer, there is a long and storied history regarding the many matches featuring both clubs from the Pacific Northwest.
Although Seattle have the all-time winning lead in games across all competitions and leagues, it’s the Timbers who have gained a little more steam in recent months.
Thanks for their championship in MLS Is Back, the Timbers have gone from a dark horse contender to the team-to-beat in the league. Undefeated in their seven-game stretch in the Florida tournament, Portland went toe-to-toe and found triumphs against top squads like the LA Galaxy, New York City FC and Orlando City.
As for Seattle…
MLS Is Back Results Hint At More Problems For The Sounders
I’ll be frank. Before the tournament started, I selected the Sounders as my pick to win the tournament. Well-balanced and with an exciting amount of depth and talent, Seattle should have had no problems at least making it into the final or the semifinals.
The fact that they only collected one win in their four matches is an indictment of the issues at hand.
In the group stage, the Sounders lacked ideas in a 0-0 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes and were listless in the ensuing 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire. Their 3-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, although impressive, was one of the only positives from their tournament appearance that ended with a disastrous 4-1 loss to LAFC in the round of 16.
Seattle are a mess, and unless if something drastic changed since the end of the tournament, they’ll likely struggle again.
Portland’s Sebastian Blanco Is Gaining Momentum
Once MLS Is Back was over and Portland deservedly lifted the competition’s trophy, Blanco had another title waiting for him: Player Of The Tournament.
With three goals and five assists, the Argentine midfielder was extraordinary for the Timbers in MLS Is Back. Covering an immense amount of ground with his attacking presence, Portland may not have won their latest piece of silverware if it wasn’t for Blanco.
Now, with more plaudits under his belt, the midfielder should be eager to continue his team’s dominance of the MLS landscape by vanquishing the Sounders this weekend.
And he’ll have some help as well.
Another Big Stage Opportunity For Portland’s Jeremy Ebobisse
Quickly becoming one of the more promising names in MLS, Ebobisse was an absolute joy to watch during MLS Is Back. Intelligent and agile, the 23-year-old striker scored four goals and earned a place in the tournament’s Best XI.
Things can only go up from here, and with European teams rumored to be keeping an eye on him, the American should be more than eager to be a headache for Seattle’s backline.
According to reports from abroad, Belgian and Dutch clubs are keeping track of the striker who could soon make the leap across the Atlantic soon.
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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.