Los Angeles FC vs Portland Timbers predictions

Wed 7/21 10:30 ET
Los Angeles FC
Portland Timbers

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There aren’t many sides that can come into an away match as a clear favorite against a team that won a trophy a season ago, but Los Angeles FC have certainly earned their status as one of the teams to beat in the Western Conference. Los Angeles have won three in a row and four of five, losing only an away match at dangerous Kansas City, to jump into a tie for fourth in the standings. We highlighted the lethal combination of Diego Rossi and Carlos Vela prior to the club’s weekend encounter with Salt Lake, and it was Rossi and Vela who scored the two goals in the club’s 2-1 win. Los Angeles’ core team is finally all back healthy and the team is playing as well as it has all season.

Unfortunately for the Portland Timbers, they can’t say the same. Last season’s MLS is Back tournament champions have struggled to stay relevant in 2021, barely managing to stay on the playoff bubble with their -4 goal differential. Portland are coming off a 1-0 win over an equally poor Dallas team, in a match that saw possession split evenly, and they’d gone three straight without a win prior to that, including a humiliating 4-1 loss at low-scoring Austin to kick off the month. The Timbers will be down at least six players between injuries and international duty, and it’s hard to see them scoring even a point against a team as hot as LAFC, no matter where they’re playing. Take the road team to get all three points.

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