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MLS Soccer Betting Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers 6/19/2024

San Jose Earthquakes (3-2-12) vs. Portland Timbers (5-6-7)

As the MLS season progresses, the matchup between San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers is set to capture the attention of soccer fans and bettors alike. Taking place on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at PayPal Park, this game pits two teams with divergent recent histories against each other. San Jose struggles at the bottom of the table, whereas Portland occupies a middling position, making MLS picks and predictions a tantalizing challenge for this encounter.

San Jose Earthquakes have proven themselves capable of turning around their dismal league standing this season with key offensive figures Amahl Pellegrino (5 goals from 26 shots) and Jeremy Ebobisse (4 goals). Both will play key roles against Portland’s defense; yet their overall performance raises serious doubts regarding consistency and ability to turn opportunities into goals; these issues will certainly be tested when they face this defensively organized squad like Portland.

Portland Timbers possess an extremely potent attacking front. Felipe Mora and Evander have been standout performers, scoring 15 goals between them with 9 assists to lead their side to an increased shot conversion rate compared to their opponents. San Jose must find ways to contain these dynamic duos that create and finish scoring opportunities to give Portland an advantage on gameday.


San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers Game Info

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at 10:30 PM ET
Where: PayPal Park


William Yarbrough GK vs. Maxime Crépeau GK

William Yarbrough and Maxime Crepeau will play key roles in deciding the outcome of Saturday’s Major League Soccer (MLS) match-up between San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers, particularly given Yarbrough’s difficult season with 34 goals against in 13 starts; which could provide Portland attackers an opening. Although he recorded 38 saves overall, both his save percentage and goals against average indicate his weaknesses were often exposed by San Jose defense which could prove troublesome against an attacking power like Portland.

On the other side, Maxime Crepeau of Portland Timbers presents an increasingly comforting figure between the pipes. His 39 saves in 13 starts combined with 25 goals conceded suggests improved performance levels but aren’t free from their own issues. Crepeau has proven his worth during close matches by pulling off crucial saves that keep his team afloat; his experience and resilience will be put through rigorous scrutiny against San Jose forwards who, despite overall poor form, can present threats from time to time.


Soccer Odds/Point Spread: San Jose Earthquakes +130, Total Odds: 2.5

The current betting odds favor the San Jose Earthquakes slightly in terms of the moneyline, reflecting perhaps the home-field advantage more than their form. The total under 2.5 goals at +138 also indicates expectations of a tight, possibly low-scoring affair, considering both teams’ recent performances and defensive challenges.


San Jose Earthquakes Betting Trends

The last five matches played by San Jose are unimpressive with no wins and only one against the spread cover in the last five matches. Their failure to contain the scores in such games, they have breached the total in five games straight, point to a compromised backline and a troubled custodian; information that is vital to any bettor.


Portland Timbers Betting Trends

Portland has been the more consistent of the two teams and has won/ lost their last five matches and has marginally performed better in terms of the spread. They have also exceeded the total in most of their past games showing signs of inclined high-scoring games influenced mostly by their attacking side.


San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers 6/19/24 Betting Picks

Given the contrasting forms and strengths, Portland seems to have the edge in this matchup. Their offensive reliability and San Jose’s defensive woes might make Portland a safer pick, especially considering the Timbers’ ability to perform on the road.

For prop bets and over/under, the smarter choice might lean towards an over 2.5 total goals, given both teams’ recent trends. For those interested in additional betting opportunities, exploring top online casino options for MLS-themed slots or table games could offer extra entertainment around this exciting match-up.


Free Pick and Prediction: Portland Timbers 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1

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