Columbus Crew vs Portland Timbers Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Columbus Crew vs Portland Timbers Match Prediction

By Gary Gillles

Columbus Crew finally managed a first win of the season after a 2-0 success over DC United. Federico Higuain’s penalty in the 38th minute opened the scoring, while Columbus Crew doubled their advantage through yet another penalty in the second-half. Ola Kamara scored the second penalty in the 66th minute. Portland Timbers excellent start to the season continued with a 4-2 win over Houston Dynamo. Portland were trailing at half-time after goals from Erick Torres and Rommel Quioto cancelled out Diego Valeri’s penalty. However, second-half goals from Valeri, David Guzman, and Fanendo Adi preserved Portland’s 100% record this season. Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

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Betting Tips and Predictions

Portland Timbers have managed just one win at the MAPFRE Stadium in their four visits. Even though the club has started with a 100% record, the club have had two of their three games at home. They did manage a win over LA Galaxy, but it was when the home team were reduced to 10 men. I would back Columbus Crew to continue their excellent home run. Just one of the last five meetings between the two clubs has seen one or both teams fail to scored. Despite managing just one win this season, Columbus Crew have scored in all of their games. Portland Timbers have scored a remarkable 10 goals in the three games. I would back both teams to score.

Columbus Crew win – 1/1

Both teams to score – 4/7

Columbus Crew Preview

Columbus Crew’s first win of the season gives them massive confidence, but surprisingly, it came on the road. The club struggled with regard to away games last season after managing only wins in 17 matches. They seem to have preserved their best for games at the MAPFRE Stadium, although it was not sufficient enough to earn a play-off spot. Ola Kamara has scored in his last two games, and his form will be key to the club this season. Coach Gregg Berhalter will be rubbing his hands at the prospect of facing back-to-back games at home, where the club suffered only three defeats in the 2016 regular season.

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Portland Timbers Preview

Portland Timbers have displayed the kind of form that saw them win the 2015 MLS Cup final. Caleb Porter has seen his team open the campaign with three successive wins, but he will be disappointed with a return of one clean sheet in these three games. A major positive for the club, though, is the attack featuring Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi. Both players have made incredible starts to the campaign with four and three goals respectively. Even though there are some key absentees due to international action, Portland Timbers do have plenty of strength in depth.

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Columbus Crew Team News

Jukka Raitala is away on international duty, while Gaston Sauro (knee), Dilly Duka (calf), and Waylon Francis (shoulder) are unavailable.

Portland Timbers Team News

David Guzman and Darlington Nagbe are unavailable due to internationals. Gbenga Arokoyo (Achilles), Liam Ridgewell (foot), and Vytas (calf) are unavailable due to injuries.

Portland Timbers saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

AVG Goals

0.9

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Columbus Crew Form Guide

Columbus Crew Team Logo

Columbus Crew

Won

3

Draw

2

Lost

5
L A

05-11-2017

Major League Soccer Playoff

New York City FC Team Logo New York City FC

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

22-11-2017

Major League Soccer Playoff

Toronto FC Team Logo Toronto FC

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

30-11-2017

Major League Soccer Playoff

Toronto FC Team Logo Toronto FC

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

03-03-2018

Major League Soccer

Toronto FC Team Logo Toronto FC

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

10-03-2018

Major League Soccer

Montreal Impact Team Logo Montreal Impact

FT 3 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

D A

17-03-2018

Major League Soccer

Philadelphia Union Team Logo Philadelphia Union

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

24-03-2018

Major League Soccer

DC United Team Logo DC United

FT 3 - 1

(HT 3 - 1)

L H

31-03-2018

Major League Soccer

Vancouver Whitecaps Team Logo Vancouver Whitecaps

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

08-04-2018

Major League Soccer

Chicago Fire Team Logo Chicago Fire

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

15-04-2018

Major League Soccer

DC United Team Logo DC United

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Portland Timbers Form Guide

Portland Timbers Team Logo

Portland Timbers

Won

3

Draw

3

Lost

4
W H

16-10-2017

Major League Soccer

DC United Team Logo DC United

FT 4 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

22-10-2017

Major League Soccer

Vancouver Whitecaps Team Logo Vancouver Whitecaps

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

31-10-2017

Major League Soccer Playoff

Houston Dynamo Team Logo Houston Dynamo

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

06-11-2017

Major League Soccer Playoff

Houston Dynamo Team Logo Houston Dynamo

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

05-03-2018

Major League Soccer

LA Galaxy Team Logo LA Galaxy

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

11-03-2018

Major League Soccer

New York Red Bulls Team Logo New York Red Bulls

FT 4 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

24-03-2018

Major League Soccer

FC Dallas Team Logo FC Dallas

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

31-03-2018

Major League Soccer

Chicago Fire Team Logo Chicago Fire

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

08-04-2018

Major League Soccer

Orlando City Team Logo Orlando City

FT 3 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

15-04-2018

Major League Soccer

Minnesota United Team Logo Minnesota United

FT 3 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

Columbus Crew Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.9

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Portland Timbers Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.6

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Columbus Crew vs Portland Timbers Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
23 GK Zack Steffen 190 -
25 LB Harrison Afful 168 64
4 CD Jonathan Mensah 188 75
14 RB Waylon Francis 175 73
24 CD Nicolai Naess 182 80
20 CDM Wil Trapp - -
7 CDM Artur - -
13 CM Ethan Finlay - -
10 CM Federico Higuain 172 68
9 CM Justin Meram 185 75
11 CF Ola Kamara 183 78
No. Pos Player M kg
90 GK Jacob Gleeson 193 91
2 LB Alvas Elvis Powell 182 75
7 CD Roy Miller 187 75
16 RB Zarek Valentin 180 70
13 CD Lawrence Olum 188 -
18 CDM Amobi Okugo 183 79
21 CDM Diego Chara 170 65
8 CM Diego Valeri 178 75
27 CM Dairon Asprilla 178 70
10 CM Sebastian Blanco 166 64
9 CF Fanendo Adi 193 84