Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers Prediction, Odds & Picks
- With a few good performances under their belt since last month, Seattle have looked like one of MLS’ best
- Striker Raul Ruidiaz has been a catalyst for Seattle in some of their latest positive results
- Portland have plenty to fix defensively before facing their rivals
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Sounders vs Timbers Odds
Sounders vs Timbers Predictions and Picks
There’s a reason why the Sounders are the favorites here. With more confidence in the attack and a handful of good results over the last few weeks, Seattle has quickly started to rise up to the lofty heights of MLS’ Western Conference table.
Timbers can give them trouble in this storied and significant North American rivalry, but with some problems behind them, it’s tough to imagine Portland will survive this encounter.
Seattle for the win +102
How to Watch Sounders vs Timbers
|Sounders vs Timbers Information|
|What||Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers|
|Where||CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Washington)|
|When||Sunday, September 6th at 10:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
Last month’s meeting between these clubs — which ended in a 3-0 away win for the Sounders over the Timbers — has so far defined the latest themes regarding the two Cascadia rivals who will meet once again this Sunday.
For the Sounders, the Washington-based squad utilized their 3-0 victory as a platform that they have since built on. A 3-1 win against LAFC and a 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake have followed. Averaging a little under three goals per game in their last three matches, Seattle has been flying high in the Western Conference table.
Sadly, for Portland, their stumble from last month inevitably led to more problems. Their loss has been accompanied by a 3-2 defeat by the LA Galaxy and a bizarre 4-4 draw with Real Salt Lake. The Oregon club has seen better days, and after going through the last three games without a win, the Timbers will now have to once again challenge the improved rivals that have already claimed a one-sided win against them.
Sounders Are Currently In The Middle Of A Hot-Streak
Eight goals and seven points for Seattle in their last three games. Not bad for a team that once bowed out the MLS Is Back tournament with a worrisome 4-1 loss to LAFC in the recent past.
What has changed since then? Most importantly, there appears to be more efficiency in the final third. Even without a high tally of shots, the Sounders have capitalized on the chances that have been given to them and have thrived under the attacking guidance of a number of key players in the frontline.
Of those helping find the back of the net, none has been more important than Peruvian striker Raul Ruidiaz.
Ruidiaz Has Been Brilliant For Seattle
The stats tell the story: Three goals and an assist in his last three games.
Thanks to his pace and incredible finishing, the Peruvian has been lights out for Seattle in his latest appearances. Much more than just a finisher, Ruidiaz has also connected well with the rest of his frontline and has been a handful for opposing defenders.
Rarely going more than one to two games without a goal since late last year, Ruidiaz should be eager to find the back of the net once again after failing to do so in his most recent match — especially against a rival that has been defensively lackadaisical.
Portland Are Allowing Far Too Many Goals
While Seattle is scoring goals, Portland is allowing them.
In their last three games, the Timbers’ defense has been caught watching an eye-catching total of 10 goals fall into the back of their net. What’s even more worrisome is that the team is also in the middle of a 10-game streak in which every opponent has scored at least one goal on them.
With all of this in mind, it’ll be surprising if Portland can turn things drastically around before this Sunday.
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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.
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