LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers Match Prediction

By Bharath Ramm R

LA Galaxy had a nightmare 2017 MLS campaign, but the pre-season friendly games suggest that the 2018 campaign would be a tough one for the club. Experienced campaigner Sigi Schmid was unable to prevent the club’s decline last season, but the five-time MLS Cup winner have made some crucial changes to their squad over the summer. Portland Timbers have had a positive pre-season and come on the back of a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City. The team also beat New York Red Bulls 4-1 a few days earlier.

Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Galaxy have lost back-to-back matches against Portland Timbers and there could be more disappointment in line for Sigi Schmid’s team. Even though Caleb Porter has departed to be replaced by Giovanni Savarese in the Portland dugout, the squad has remained consistent from last season. They are up against a Galaxy outfit still searching for their best 11. I would go with a win for Portland Timbers. Diego Valeri will be keen to progress even further after managing to get an incredible 21 league goals from midfield. This earned him the MVP award. Valeri scored in the recent game with LA Galaxy back in August. He will be the key attacking asset for Portland, and I would back Valeri to score anytime.

Portland Timbers win – 2/1

Diego Valeri to score anytime – 13/8

LA Galaxy saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers have not conceded a goal in 60% of their last 10 games played

Portland Timbers saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against LA Galaxy

AVG Goals

1.8

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

LA Galaxy Form Guide

LA Galaxy Team Logo

LA Galaxy

Won

4

Draw

1

Lost

5
L H

29-04-2018

Major League Soccer

New York Red Bulls Team Logo New York Red Bulls

FT 2 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

06-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Houston Dynamo Team Logo Houston Dynamo

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

12-05-2018

Major League Soccer

FC Dallas Team Logo FC Dallas

FT 3 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

21-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Montreal Impact Team Logo Montreal Impact

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

26-05-2018

Major League Soccer

San Jose Earthquakes Team Logo San Jose Earthquakes

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

31-05-2018

Major League Soccer

FC Dallas Team Logo FC Dallas

FT 2 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

02-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Portland Timbers Team Logo Portland Timbers

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

07-06-2018

US Open Cup

FC Golden State Force

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

10-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Real Salt Lake Team Logo Real Salt Lake

FT 3 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

16-06-2018

US Open Cup

Portland Timbers Team Logo Portland Timbers

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Portland Timbers Form Guide

Portland Timbers Team Logo

Portland Timbers

Won

8

Draw

2

Lost

0
W H

15-04-2018

Major League Soccer

Minnesota United Team Logo Minnesota United

FT 3 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

22-04-2018

Major League Soccer

New York City FC Team Logo New York City FC

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

06-05-2018

Major League Soccer

San Jose Earthquakes Team Logo San Jose Earthquakes

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

13-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Seattle Sounders FC Team Logo Seattle Sounders FC

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

19-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Los Angeles FC

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

27-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Colorado Rapids Team Logo Colorado Rapids

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

D H

02-06-2018

Major League Soccer

LA Galaxy Team Logo LA Galaxy

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

07-06-2018

US Open Cup

San Jose Earthquakes Team Logo San Jose Earthquakes

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

10-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Sporting Kansas City Team Logo Sporting Kansas City

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

16-06-2018

US Open Cup

LA Galaxy Team Logo LA Galaxy

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

LA Galaxy Preview

Five-time MLS Cup winner, LA Galaxy finished at the bottom of the Western Conference in the 2017 campaign. It concluded a horrendous season in several ways for the club and things can only look North. Sigi Schmid had a lot of work to do during the off-season. As expected, there has been a string of departures from the club. The manager has also strengthened the team in several areas. Gyasi Zardes has left the club as the major departure, while Ola Kamara has been brought in from Columbus Crew on a trade. Surprisingly, Sigi Schmid has not been keen on many existing MLS players. The offence with the likes of Giovanni Dos Santos only managed 17 league goals – the lowest of any team in the Western Conference – and there has to be a significant improvement on this front.

LA Galaxy Team News

João Pedro Almeida Machado misses out due to a knee injury.

Portland Timbers Preview

The Portland Timbers outfit were let down by a narrow defeat against Houston Dynamo in last season’s play-off games. It was a disappointment for a team that had a consistent run toward the 2017 season. Portland show no signs of slack from last season, as the team has managed some decent results in the pre-season friendlies. The core of the team remains intact and this could be the foundation for Portland success this season. Diego Valeri won the 2017 MVP award and he will be the player to watch out this season. Darlington Nagbe had only three league goals last season and has moved on to Atlanta United.

Portland Timbers Team News

Diego Chara is doubtful with a broken foot, while Jeff Attinella’s participation also looks in doubt due to a leg injury.

LA Galaxy Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.4

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

1.5

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

LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK David Bingham 188 84
25 LB Rolf Feltscher 181 74
28 CD Michael Ciani 189 89
16 CD Joergen Skjelvik 183 77
3 RB Ashley Cole 172 67
8 CDM Jonathan dos Santos 173 69
2 CDM Perry Kitchen 183 72
7 CM Romain Alessandrini 166 60
10 CM Giovani dos Santos 178 70
24 CM Emmanuel Boateng 165 72
11 CF Ola Kamara 183 78
No. Pos Player M kg
90 GK Jacob Gleeson 193 91
33 CD Larrys Mabiala 187 83
24 CD Liam Ridgewell 188 79
32 RB Marco Farfan 178 -
2 LB Alvas Elvis Powell 182 75
20 CDM David Guzman 176 78
22 CDM Cristhian Paredes - -
11 CM Andy Polo 174 71
8 CM Diego Valeri 178 75
10 CM Sebastian Blanco 166 64
9 CF Fanendo Adi 193 84