San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers Prediction, Preview and Odds - 5/15/21
The San Jose Earthquakes will be trying to bounce back from their first home loss of the season when they face the Portland Timbers on Saturday night. The Earthquakes are coming off a 1-0 loss to Seattle. The Timbers are coming off a 2-1 loss to Seattle.
Portland is 6-1-3 in its last 10 games against San Jose.
Earthquakes Going For Fourth Win In Five Games
The Earthquakes have played well since their season-opening loss to Houston, winning three of their last four games. They had their three-game winning streak snapped by Seattle in their last game and will try to bounce back with a win on Saturday, which will give them their fourth win in their last five games.
San Jose is one of the best offensive teams in the league, scoring 10 goals in five games. They were shutout for the first time this season by the Sounders in their last game even though they controlled 60 percent of possession and had six of their 15 shots on target.
San Jose has also done a great job defensively, giving up six goals in five games. James Marcinkowski has saved 70 percent of the shots he faced, but gave up a goal on the only shot the Sounders had on target in their last game.
Timbers Trying To Snap Two-Game Losing Streak
The Timbers have struggled this season and have only one win in four games. They will try to put an end to their losing streak with a win over the Earthquakes, which will give them their second win of the year.
Portland has struggled offensively, scoring four goals in four games. They scored only one goal in their last game despite having four of their 12 shots on target. Bill Tuiloma scored their lone goal in the final minutes of their last game.
Portland is one of the worst defensive teams in the league, giving up eight goals in four games. They gave up two goals in their last game and will need to play better if they want to snap their losing streak.
Side: San Jose Earthquakes +125
The Timbers aren’t playing well and they lost both of their road games this season. They are playing one of the better teams in the league and a very good offense that’s scored seven games in three home games. They have been terrible defensively and will have a hard time slowing down the Earthquakes in this game. The Timbers have also struggled offensively, with four goals in four games. Things won’t get easier for them in this game because the Earthquakes haven’t given up more than one goal to an opponent at home, so don’t expect the Timbers to keep up with them offensively in this game. Even though Portland has won two of the last three games between the two teams, San Jose is the best bet here.
Total: Under 2.5
The Earthquakes are averaging two goals per game, and their average goes up to 2.33 goals per game at home. They are facing a defense that is giving up two goals per game and will hit their average in this game. The Timbers are averaging one goal per game, but their average drops to 0.5 goals per game on the road. They averaged 3.33 goals per game in their last three games against the Earthquakes. With the Earthquakes giving up one goal per game at home, don’t expect the Timbers to score enough goals to push the score over the total.