Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers predictions and betting tips for this Major League Soccer Match on Monday 22nd July. These two sides renew their rivalry on Sunday night (US time), with the Cascadia Cup up for grabs. Both sides arrive in decent form, with each franchise bidding to protect their unbeaten run.
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The Sounders beat Atlanta last weekend, and their home form is very impressive. They’ve won four of their last six, and each of their last three games at Century Link Field, and they’ll be feeling confident about their chances on Sunday night. They are clearly benefitting from their players returning from the Copa America, with Raul Ruidiaz getting his first goal since returning last weekend. Unfortunately, Will Bruin will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury, and that is a significant blow to Brian Schmetzer. Games between these sides are always hugely entertaining, and the Sounders have a number of talented attack-minded players in their squad. However, they haven’t kept more than two clean sheets in a row at any point this season, and they must learn to tighten up. Having said that, they are unbeaten in 14 matches here, and they will be desperate to prevent their rivals from ending that magnificant home record.
The Timbers were unlucky in midweek. They could only draw 1-1 with an inconsistent Orlando side, but a quick glance at the statistics and momentum graphs show that Portland dominated from start to finish. It was a disappointing outcome, but it continues their four matches unbeaten streak. Although their away form is patchy, they have beaten Philadelphia Union, NYCFC and Real Salt Lake on the road, and they are not to be taken lightly. They are very capable on their travels, and have one the better road records in the MLS. They have the second best away record in the league having taken 17 points from a 42, and are always tough to breach on their travels.
The Sounders have been priced as odds-on favourites for this clash, and are available at around 10/11. That is fair enough for a side who have the best home record in the division. Portland came here and won in the US Open Cup, although Seattle were the better side that day. There isn’t much between these rivals, and therefore the points could easily be shared. An outstanding home side face a highly competent away team, and the 14/5 available for a draw is the pick.
Raul Ruidiaz has returned to form recently, and he is the main focal point for this side. He only has seven goals so far this campaign, but he wasn’t present during the Copa America. He will be keen to get into double figures this seasons, and could be the man to find the net here. The 28-year old rarely scores multiple goals, but he’s found the net in seven of his 11 appearances so far this campaign, and has found the net in four of the last five. He’s also scored in four of Seattle’s five home games this season.
The Peruvian is 6/5 to score anytime in this fixture, and looks the best option to score his customary goal on Sunday night.
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