- Timbers look to win back-to-back games for the first time this year
- Dynamo FC is looking for a win to move into the Top 7 in the Western Conference
- Timbers look to avoid the league-leading eighth draw
With only 19 points from their 17 games this season, Portland has struggled to recover from their MLS Cup loss from the previous season, placing them in 11th position in the Western Conference MLS standings.
Portland’s progress this season has been hindered less by defeats than by an inability to turn draws into victory.
According to the MLS stats, the Timbers have drew seven games this season, more than any other team in the Western Conference, but they’ll be feeling good following last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Colorado Rapids, so they’ll be ready to play on Wednesday.
Sebastian Blanco scored the game’s first goal in the last seconds of the first half, and Jaroslaw Niezgoda quickly scored twice more to help Portland snap a four-game losing streak.
After winning their last four home matches against Houston Dynamo, Giovanni Savarese will now be trying to secure a straight victory, and they will be confident of accomplishing so.
Timbers vs Dynamo FC Odds
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The odds above seem to favor the Timbers as they are favored by half a goal. For the spread to hit, the Timbers must win by at least a goal.
The moneyline also is in favor of the Timbers as they sit at -122 favorites. A bet on the Timbers of $122 would return you $100.
Portland Timbers vs Dynamo FC Information
- Competition: MLS Regular Season
- Providence Park – Portland, Oregon
- Time: Wednesday, June 29th, 9:30 pm
- How to watch: AT&T Sportsnet Southwest
Cristhian Paredes is questionable to return after being taken out of Saturday’s game against Colorado with an injury in the first half. Diego Gutierrez is still out for the Timbers with a foot injury and is not yet ready to return, which affects the soccer odds.
After serving a suspension of one game, Larrys Mabiala is now eligible to participate in the encounter on Wednesday; nevertheless, it is possible that the defender will have to make do with a spot on the bench because Savarese is likely to make few substitutions.
Niezgoda will maintain his position in the starting lineup at the forward position. The 27-year-old forward will aim to add to the five goals he has scored so far this season. Niezgoda scored a brace over the weekend.
Timbers Projected Lineup
- GK Aljaz Ivacic
- DL C. Bravo
- DC L. Mabiala
- DC D. Zuparic
- DR J. Van Rankin
- DMC E. Williamson
- DMC Diego Chara
- AML Yimmi Chara
- AMC S. Blanco
- AMR S. Moreno
- FW J. Niezgoda
Gutierrez, Paredes, and Blake Bodily are out for the Timbers in this game.
Houston FC Dynamo
Regarding Houston, it is anticipated that they will have their entire roster ready for the road game on Wednesday, which will help the MLS odds.
After their victory against Chicago on Saturday by a score of 2-0, the away team decided not to make too many changes to their roster. However, Paulo Nagamura may be tempted to insert Tim Parker back into the starting XI.
Sebastian Ferreira will continue to lead the line for his team, and he will be trying to continue the good form he has shown over the course of the previous nine games he has played in the MLS.
Ferreira has scored six goals in those nine games and is a juicy product for the MLS predictions. Houston has been on the cusp of being really solid but just haven’t been able to get on a roll.
Dynamo FC Projected Lineup
- GK Steve Clark
- DL A. Lundqvist
- DC Tim Parker
- DC T. Hadebe
- DR Zeca
- DMC A. Carrasquilla
- DMC Matias Vera
- AML Thor Ulfarsson
- AMC Darwin Quintero
- AMR Memo Rodriguez
- FW Sebastian Ferreira
Dynamo FC Injuries
The Dynamo have no injuries for this game noted.
Portland Timbers vs Houston Dynamo FC Pick and Prediction
We should be in for an exciting MLS matchups, but it is hard to look past the Houston here. I am going to go with the Dynamo FC as they are healthy on the pitch, and I think they will have a very good game.
According to the MLS odds, they are +322 on the moneyline, and I think that is great value for this one in a game that could really go either way. Look for the Dynamo to keep it close and eek it out in the end.
Pick: Dynamo FC +322