The Portland Timbers will try to add a second league title when they face relative newcomer New York City FC in Saturday's MLS Cup final at Providence Park. Both teams were seeded fourth entering the playoffs, and Portland beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 last Saturday, while NYC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Sunday.
Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET in in Portland, Ore. Caesars Sportsbook lists New York City as the +165 favorite (risk $100 to win $165) on the 90-minute money line in its latest New York City FC vs. Portland Timbers odds, with Portland the +180 underdog. A draw is priced at +215 and the over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. (For the latest soccer news and analysis, click here)
Proven handicapper Jon Eimer has broken down his best bets for the Portland Timbers vs. New York City FC matchup below. Eimer is a high-volume bettor who has vast knowledge about leagues and players most people don't know exist, including most oddsmakers. The Indiana-based handicapper compiled a winning record of 260-133-1 with over 90 units of profit for his community on various platforms over a recent two-month stretch.
NYCFC has the MLS Golden Boot winner on its side after Valentin Castellanos tied for the league lead with 19 goals and added eight assists. He led the league in shots and shots on target, putting 53 of his 129 attempts on net. NYC was fifth in the league is possession (53.3 percent), while Portland ranked last (44.9). Both teams scored 56 goals this season, but the Timbers conceded 52 while NYCFC gave up just 36.
Portland has a major home advantage, playing in historic Providence Park in front of the league's most boisterous fans. Sebastian Blanco is the catalyst of the attack and was third on the team with seven goals and set up six more in the regular season. He scored twice in the playoff opener. Felipe Mora has one goal in the playoffs after leading the team with 11, and 11 Timbers players scored at least two goals.
Eimer has examined Saturday's New York City FC vs. Portland Timbers matchup from all sides, and he is leaning Over on the goal total. He also provides two CONFIDENT best bets, including a strong pick on the money line, and offers his full breakdown of the match! You ABSOLUTELY need to see his picks and analysis before making any selections of your own.
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