Atlanta United FC vs. Portland Timbers MLS Soccer Betting Picks
Posted by: Charlie Smith
After a season filled with enticing MLS soccer betting action, fans are finally ready to wager on the league’s championship matchup. Who would’ve thought that the Atlanta United FC vs. Portland Timbers pairing would be for all the marbles. Both sides have turned in successful seasons and have fought through the playoffs to enter this Saturday’s championship matchup. So who are the MLS sportsbook betting odds pegging as the favorite in this year’s MLS Final? Let’s take a look at the betting lines to find out.
Atlanta United FC vs. Portland Timbers – Saturday, December 8th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Stream: ABC Sports
MLS Soccer Betting Odds:
Atlanta United FC
From the start of the season, Atlanta United FC has been one of the most dominant teams in the MLS. Although they were eventually beat out of the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference by the New York Red Bulls, the fact that they’re the ones representing the East in the league’s title match says it all. The United FC fought their way into this matchup by posting a 3-2 record in their last 5 games. They faced NYC in the first round of the playoffs and won off a 4-1 aggregate. Afterwards they faced the New York Red Bulls and managed to prove their dominance off a 1-3 aggregate. Now Atlanta looks to get the job done against a visibly weaker opponent. Naturally, the MLS soccer betting odds are pegging Atlanta as a sizable favorite in this one.
Players to Watch: Josef Martinez (4 GP, 3 G, 0 A), Eric Remedi (4 GP, 1 G, 1 A), and Franco Escobar (4 GP, 1 G, 1 A).
The Timbers turned in a 15-9-10 record this season which netted them 54 points on the season. That 54 point tally ranked Portland 5th in the Western Conference, narrowly allowing them to enter the postseason. In the first leg of the playoffs Portland was matchup up against the Seattle Sounders FC and managed to win off a 4-4 away goals aggregate. Afterwards they faced Sporting Kansas City, who was the best team in the conference throughout the season, and pulled off a surprising 2-3 aggregate upset. Now Portland looks to deliver another upset against a top MLS dog. All in all Portland finished 8th in the league in goal differential, 1st in assists, 5th in scoring and 10th in goals allowed. For comparison, Atlanta finished 1st in goals differential, 1st in scoring, 2nd in assists and 3rd in goals allowed.
Players to Watch: Diego Valeri (5 GP, 4 G, 2 A), Sebastian Blanco (5 GP, 3 G, 0 A), and Jeremy Ebobisse (5 GP, 1 G, 1 A).
Atlanta United FC vs. Portland Timbers Betting Predictions
Atlanta United FC vs. Portland Timbers Betting Picks
So which side should mobile betting fans take in Atlanta United FC vs. Portland Timbers matchup? All things considered, Atlanta is the clear cut favorite here. The money line is a bit lopsided so you’ll find better value on the spread here. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 4-2 Atlanta.