Competition: US Open Cup
Market: Minnesota United win
Odds: 6/5 @ Bet 365
After securing a 1-0 win over Portland in Sunday’s dress rehearsal, Minnesota United will welcome Portland Timbers to Providence Park in the early hours of Thursday.
Starting with the hosts, although back-to-back draws against Vancouver and Real Salt Lake may have worried fans in Oregon, Minnesota picked up a 1-0 win over Portland on Sunday and the mood in their camp continues to soar. Now sat second in the Western Conference and unbeaten domestically since the start of June, Head Coach Carl Craig will be most impressed by his sides’ continued success at Providence Park. Along with securing three points against the Greens over the weekend, Minnesota are unbeaten in their last seven domestic matches in front of their own fans and they have not conceded a goal on home soil in over 300 minutes of action.
As for the visitors, although Portland still have their sights firmly set on making a play-off charge in the Western Conference, Thursday’s traveling fans will be worried by their defeat in Oregon over the weekend. Despite that being just their first defeat since the 27th of June, Giovanni Savarese will be more than aware of his side’s issues in Minnesota. Although Portland performances on the road may have shown some real improvements prior to their defeat on Sunday, Portland do hold a very worrying record away in Oregon. Including their 1-0 defeat at Providence Park earlier in the week, the visitors have lost each of their last three matches in Minnesota and have remarkably never recorded a win in Oregon.
Bet: Minnesota United 6/5 to beat Portland Timbers in Thursday’s US Open Cup semi-final @ Bet 365
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