Last Week’s Record:
Chicago Fire vs Portland Timbers
The Fire have opened this season 0-2 but their games have certainly been exciting with 10 goals scored combined in their matches. They’ve managed to score four times in these games, but defense has been their problem with the backline shipping six the other way.
Chicago Fire home games in MLS have historically been high scoring. If you look back at the last 27 home games, two or more goals have been scored an incredible 26 times! But it gets better as 22 times at least three goals have been scored, with at least four goals not far behind at 14.
The Fire are basically a given to score when playing on home soil, having done so in 33 consecutive league games.
This has been a tough start for Timbers’ new coach Giovanni Savarese as Portland is winless in their first three games, while only scoring twice—both by Sebastian Blanco. Defense has also been an issue for Portland with seven goals allowed.
Portland has a long history of road struggles having only won two of their past 18 league matches and none of their past six. Their games have seen goals though, with two or more coming 14 times. Last year’s meeting between these two sides saw a 2-2 draw. It’s only a matter of time before Portland’s offence gets going, and with Blanco, Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi available in attack, coupled with a suspect Fire defense, this could be the game.
BET: BTTS -188
LA Galaxy vs LAFC
It’s the first installment of what’s affectionally being called “El Trafico”. The old guard Galaxy versus the new kids on the block LAFC. LAFC have been the hotter of the two out of the gates winning 1-0 on the road to Seattle and 5-1 on the road to RSL. LAFC have put up six goals already while only allowing one.
Galaxy have seen a mixed bagged to open the season going 1-1-1 and scoring and allowing three goals. Last week, despite only dressing 17 total players, they mananged to hang on, on the road for a 0-0 draw in Vancouver.
With some players hopefully returning from injury, others returning from international duty and the massive addition of Zlatan Ibrahimovic available for selection, the Galaxy hope to be better prepared for this derby match.
With the amount of firepower on the pitch including the Galaxy’s Ibra, Ola Kamara and LAFC’s Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi, coupled with the sheer magnitude of how important this first derby match will be in establishing/maintaining relevance in the LA market, goals are the only way to look here.
BET: BTTS -175