Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers – Prediction H2H (20.10.2019)

Preview and Teams Comparison.

Into the MLS play-offs for the second consecutive season, Real Salt Lake will play Portland Timbers – a side they have beaten just once in ten regular season H2Hs (W1, D3, L6), although they’ve won both previous H2H play-offs. Of specific concern would be RSL’s record against Western Conference opponents, with ten of their 13 regular season losses coming against them. Regardless, only three sides had a better home points tally than RSL (37) in the regular season. Eight clean sheets in 17 MLS home fixtures boosted that, with RSL winning each of the 11 MLS home games in which they scored first (regular season). Leading at the break could be vital, as nine of RSL’s last ten MLS play-off matches have seen the same result at both half-time and full-time (90 mins).

Along the same lines, eight of Portland’s last ten MLS regular fixtures also had the same result at both half-time and full-time. The visitors have lost nearly half of their MLS away matches (eight of 17), but do at least have the second-best regular season road trip record (21 points) in the West. That said, Portland have kept just one away clean sheet during those 17 away fixtures. Scoring first has been massive for either side in Portland’s trips, with 13 of their 17 regular season MLS away matches witnessing the side netting first going on to win.

Match Info.

Competition: USA MLS – Play Offs – 1/8-finals
Kick off: 20.10.2019, 02:00 UTC.
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy).
Referee: Elfath I. (Usa).

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Quick Facts

  • Brian Fernández has been Portland’s first goal scorer in four of the eight MLS fixtures that he’s scored in.
  • Jefferson Savarino (RSL) has netted all his eight MLS regular season goals at home.
  • Seven of RSL’s last eight MLS regular season home fixtures were level at the break, with five remaining goalless.
  • Portland failed to score a goal in the first ten minutes of play during the MLS regular season.
  • The last four MLS regular season H2Hs remained 1-0 at half-time in favour of Portland.

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