Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake prediction and betting tips (December 4)
The Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake meet in the Western Conference finals on Saturday evening. The former have won their last three meetings. Who will be the Western Conference Champions?
Portland Timbers won each of the last three H2H games against Salt Lake
Portland Timbers won each of the last three H2H games against Salt Lake
by Paul Awoniyi Paul Awoniyi

Portland Timbers face Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference finals of the MLS. The winner of this tie will advance to the MLS Cup final.

The match is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, 4 December 2021. The game time by GMT is 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 4. The match venue is Providence Park, Portland, Oregon.

Latest betting odds

Portland Timbers to win odds are priced at 2.00 (+100 American; evens), the odds for a draw are priced at 3.90 (+290; 29/10), while Real Salt Lake to win odds are priced at 3.80 (+280; 14/5).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Portland Timber — 49%, draw — 25%, Real Salt Lake — 26%.

Latest betting odds on Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake (4 December 2021):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 1.69 (-144; 25/36)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 2.12 (+112; 28/25)
  • Asian handicap (-0.75) on Portland Timbers — 2.10 (+110; 11/10)
  • Asian handicap (+0.75) on Real Salt Lake — 1.67 (-150; 2/3)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.64 (-156; 25/39)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 2.20 (+120; 6/5)

Match preview and statistics

Portland Timbers are on a five-game winning streak. They won 3-1 in their first knockout round against Minnesota and won 1-0 over Colorado in the last match.

It took a dying minute goal to make them advance to the next stage of the MLS play-off knockouts. Larrys Mabiala scored the game winner in the 90th minute with a right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal following a corner. In the 90+3 minute, Dairon Asprilla was shown a red card for violent conduct.

Team statistics: 45% possession, 79% pass accuracy, 12 total shots, 10 chances created, three big chances, 293 accurate passes, 2.13 xG, 10 fouls conceded, five corners.

Portland Timbers team news: Andy Polo, Eryk Williamson, Hunter Sulte, Ismaila Jome, Jeff Attinella are sidelined due to injuries. Sebastian Blanco is doubtful for this match. Dairon Asprilla was shown a red card in the last match and is suspended for this game.

Real Salt Lake have won each of their last three games. They played a goalless draw in their first knockout game, before eventually beating the Seattle Sounders 6-5 in the penalties. Salt Lake beat Sporting KC 2-1 in the last match to the last stage before the finals.

Johnny Russell opened the scoring and gave Kansas City the lead in the 24th minute from the penalty spot. He converted the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner. Anderson Julio equalized in the 71st minute with a header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal, assisted by Andrew Brody with a cross.

Bobby Wood scored the match winner in the 90th minute with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner, assisted by Justin Meram. Team statistics: 56% possession, 79% pass accuracy, 11 total shots, nine chances created, two big chances, 367 accurate passes, 1.07 xG, 14 fouls conceded, five corners.

Real Salt Lake City team news: Albert Rusnak is doubtful for the match due to Covid-19.

Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake H2H

The Portland Timbers have won each of the last three meetings between both sides. They won 3-1 in the last meeting. Sebastian Blanco scored a brace for the Timbers, Aaron Herrera scored an own goal, while Albert Rusnak scored a penalty for Salt Lake.

Key players and lineups

Portland Timbers projected starting lineup:

  • Steve Clark
  • Josecarlos Van Rankin
  • Larrys Mabiala
  • Dario Zuparic
  • Claudio Bravo
  • Diego Chara
  • Cristhian Paredes
  • Yimmi Chara
  • Diego Valeri
  • Marvin Loria
  • Jaroslaw Niezgoda

The key player to watch out for is Jaroslaw Niezgoda. He needs to wear his scoring boots ahead of this clash. With Blanco doubtful, Niezgoda has to be on the scoresheet.

Real Salt Lake projected starting lineup:

  • David Ochoa
  • Aaron Herrera
  • Justen Glad
  • Marcelo Silva
  • Andrew Brody
  • Everton
  • Pablo Ruiz
  • Jonathan Menendez
  • Albert Rusnak
  • Damir Kreilach
  • Rubio Rubin

Damir Kreilach is the key player to watch out for in this match. This is a big game and he needs to put up a show to help the team get the win they need. Kreilach is the leading scorer in the team with 16 goals and has the second-most assists (8).

Betting tips and prediction

Portland Timbers have not lost any of their previous meetings against Real Salt Lake, with three wins in three games. They’ve also not lost any of their last five matches, with five wins in five games. The Salt Lake have won their last two matches in the play-offs. Based on current form, both sides are in form and it can go either way because it’s a one-legged fixture.

Betting prediction: Portland Timbers to qualify

Odds: 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional)

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