Market: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 3/5 @ 888sport
In a matchup that famously produces high-scoring encounters, both San Jose and Portland will be looking to make an immediate bounce back when they meet in Calfornia in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Starting with the hosts, making their return to regular-season action on Thursday, San Jose saw their MLS is Back adventure come to a thumping end with a 4-1 drumming against Minnesota earlier in the month. Although new boss Matías Almeyda was quick to praise his side’s dramatic 5-2 win against Real Salt Lake, the Quakes have continued to show some worrying issues at the back either side of football’s enforced break. Last seen on Western Conference duties back on March 8th, San Jose were hit with a 5-2 hammering against Minnesota, once again. Remarkably recording just a pair of MLS clean sheets since way back in September, it should also be highlighted that the midweek hosts have shipped an extremely worrying 14 goals in just their last four contests in California.
As for the visitors, while Portland really found the mood in their camp at a high after winning the MLS is Back tournament with a 2-1 win against Orlando earlier in the month, the Greens certainly came crashing back down to earth on their regular-season return to action. Despite opening Monday’s meeting against Seattle as a landslide pick with the bookmakers, Giovanni Savarese’s men were hit with what was a shocking 3-0 drumming at home against their Western Conference rivals. Desperate to make a return to winning ways in Calfornia on Thursday morning, Portland should take some solace from their eye-catching record against San Jose. Landing a 3-1 victory when the two sides last met, the one-time Millwall striker has seen his side win four of their last five meetings against the Quakes.
Bet: Over 2.5 goals at San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers 3/5 for Thursday’s MLS matchup @ 888sport
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