Portland Timbers at Real Salt Lake 10/19/19 - MLS Playoffs Picks & Predictions

By: Paul |

Last Updated: 10/18/2019 at 11:33 PM ET

Real Salt Lake will have a dangerous match coming their way on Saturday, when they will host Portland for the Western Conference playoffs. The Timbers finished the regular season on a positive note and have not lost easily lately.

Portland scored twice in the second half of their home match against San Jose in order to win that match by 1-3. They remained undefeated for the fourth consecutive match (1-0-3) and have lost just two of their last eight (3-2-3). The Timbers were really dangerous on the road this season, featuring the 2nd best record (6-8-3). However, they failed to win any of their last three away matches in all competitions.

Real Salt Lake played a really balanced match on the road against Vancouver and scored the only goal of the match for the final 1-0 win. That was their second consecutive but those were their only ones in their last five (2-2-1). Real Salt Lake are strongest when they play at home, where they had the 2nd best record in the Western Conference (12-4-1). Moreover they conceded the second fewest goals at home, with just 15. They have lost just one of their last 11 home matches (7-2-1).

Portland won both matches against Real Salt Lake this season and have now won each of the last four. Real Salt Lake have the upper hand as hosts against Portland over the years (8-5-1) but have won just one of the last six here (1-4-1). Taking the Over 2.75 Goals here.

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