Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips 18/03/2023

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Atlanta United - Portland Timbers

USA MLS - Mercedes-Benz Stadium

*These betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.

Key Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers Predictions & Betting Lines

Atlanta United and Portland Timbers will clash on the 18th of March at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It’s a can’t-miss game for sure but for our remaining MLS predictions, go to our designated web page.

BTTS

Atlanta United have been lucky to get so many victories as coach Gonzalo Pineda’s boys concede goals way too frequently. Since the start of the season, Atlanta United both scored and conceded in two of the three games but we can trace back the poor defensive stats longer than that.

The pre-season friendlies that Atlanta United played showed the two sides of the coin again. All four games ended with Atlanta United both scoring and conceding. The games against Chattanooga and Cruz Azul ended with 3-3 draws, the match against Toluca was lost with a 3-4 score, and the only 1-2 victory was against newly-established St. Louis City.

Three of the five official games between these two teams also ended with goals galore and we feel those are enough reasons why our Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers prediction is a slam dunk.

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Atlanta United to Win

Currently, at the top of the Eastern Conference, Atlanta United’s players are soaring to glory these days. Meanwhile, their rivals on Saturday have certainly seen better days.

Portland Timbers are 8th in the Western Conference. With one victory and two losses since the start of the 2023 MLS campaign, coach Giovanni Savarese’s players will have to be at their lethal best if they want to poach points away from Atlanta United.

Our Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers predictions are also based on the fact that the home team has a slight head-to-head advantage. The five games between the two teams ended with two victories for Atlanta United, two draws, and only one Portland Timbers triumph.

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Essential Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers Odds & H2H Stats

Our Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers betting tips go well with these BetMGM-provided betting odds for MLS:

Head to Head

04/09/22

USA MLS USA

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers

Atlanta United

Atlanta United

2

1

19/08/19

USA MLS USA

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers

Atlanta United

Atlanta United

0

2

09/12/18

USA MLS Play-Offs USA

Atlanta United

Atlanta United

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers

2

0

24/06/18

USA MLS USA

Atlanta United

Atlanta United

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers

1

1

14/05/17

USA MLS USA

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers

Atlanta United

Atlanta United

1

1

Last Five - Atlanta United

06/04/24

USA MLS USA

New York City FC

New York City FC

Atlanta United

Atlanta United

1

1

D

31/03/24

USA MLS USA

Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire

Atlanta United

Atlanta United

0

3

W

23/03/24

USA MLS USA

Toronto FC

Toronto FC

Atlanta United

Atlanta United

2

0

L

17/03/24

USA MLS USA

Orlando City SC

Orlando City SC

Atlanta United

Atlanta United

0

2

W

10/03/24

USA MLS USA

New England Revolution

New England Revolution

Atlanta United

Atlanta United

1

4

W

Last Five - Portland Timbers

07/04/24

USA MLS USA

Sporting Kansas City

Sporting Kansas City

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers

3

3

D

31/03/24

USA MLS USA

Vancouver Whitecaps

Vancouver Whitecaps

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers

3

2

L

24/03/24

USA MLS USA

Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers

3

1

L

17/03/24

USA MLS USA

Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers

1

0

L

09/03/24

USA MLS USA

New York City FC

New York City FC

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers

1

2

W

Atlanta United odds: -138 – 57.0%

Draw odds: +290 – 24.0%

Portland Timbers odds: +370 – 19.0%

Portland Timbers’ odds at +370 expectedly make them the underdogs with a 19.0 % win probability while it comes as no surprise that Atlanta United are in pole position for the full set of points with a 57.0% chance at -138.

Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers Lineups & Team News

Atlanta United

As you saw from our Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers predictions above, coach Gonzalo Pineda’s boys are favorites to win. And how could they not be when they are at the top of the table in the Eastern Conference? With two victories and one draw in three games, Atlanta United have the three points ripe for the plucking.

Predicted lineup – Guzan (GK), Gutman, Robinson, Purata, Lennon, Ibarra, Sejdic, Wiley, Almada, Araujo & Giakoumakis

Portland Timbers

Lacking consistency these days, Portland Timbers will have to work extra hard to not lose points at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on the 18th of March. Their last home game at Providence Park was considered by the fans as an aberration. The Timbers lost 1-2 to newly-established St. Louis City and that’s definitely not a result that will satisfy anyone who has anything to do with Portland Timbers.

Predicted lineup – Bingham (GK), Bravo, McGraw, Zuparic, Mosquera, Williamson, Chara, Loria, Evander, Moreno & Fogaca

Starting Lineups

Atlanta United

Atlanta United
4-2-3-1
1
Brad Guzan
us
11
Brooks Lennon
us
12
Miles Robinson
us
22
Juan Sanchez
mx
15
Andrew Gutman
us
13
Amar Sejdic
us
14
Franco Ibarra
ar
10
Luiz Araujo
br
23
Thiago Almada
ar
26
Caleb Wiley
us
7
Giorgos Giakoumakis
gr
Substitutes
30
Machop Chol
sd
5
Santiago Sosa
ar
31
Quentin Westberg
fr
19
Miguel Berry
es
28
Tyler Wolff
us
35
Ajani Fortune
tt
18
Derick Etienne
ht
2
Ronald Hernandez
ve
4
Luis Abram
pe

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers
5-3-2
31
Aljaz Ivacic
si
29
Juan David Mosquera
co
13
Dario Zuparic
hr
18
Zac McGraw
us
33
Larrys Mabiala
cd
5
Claudio Bravo
ar
30
Santiago Moreno
co
21
Diego Chara
co
19
Eryk Williamson
us
99
Nathan Uiliam Fogaca
br
11
Jaroslaw Niezgoda
pl
Substitutes
17
Tega Ikoba
us
14
Justin Rasmussen
us
28
Pablo Bonilla
ve
44
Marvin Loria
cr
1
David Matthew Bingham
us
16
Diego Gutierrez
us

*Starting lineups are usually announced 1hr before the kick-off

Player to Watch: Thiago Almada

With Thiago Almada on the pitch, we know our Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers predictions are in safe hands. The 21-year-old had a sensational match against San Jose Earthquakes on the 26th of February when he scored a brace. He’ll certainly be under the spotlight on Saturday.

MLS Eastern Conference Standings

Q&A Regarding Our Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers Predictions:

Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers Prediction

  • What’s the venue? – The Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers match will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
  • How many goals does Thiago Almada have to his name? – Atlanta United’s top goalscorer has two goals so far.
  • Where can I watch this game? – You can watch Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers live on Apple TV.
  • Whom do the bookies favor? – BetMGM give the edge to Atlanta United for the showdown on the 18th of March.
  • Who will be the referee in this clash between Atlanta United FC and Portland Timbers? The match referee will be Ted Unkel. Ted had been in charge of 158 MLS matches where he has issued an average of 4.1 yellow cards, 48 red cards and awarded 72 penalties.
  • Where will Atlanta United FC host Portland Timbers? The match venue for Atlanta vs Portland Timbers is Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta USA. The venue has a seating capacity of 71,000.
  • Who is the current Atlanta FC head coach? Mexican tactician, Gonzalo Pineda is the Atlanta head coach in the new 2023 MLS season.
  • Who is the head coach for Portland Timbers? The visiting coach is Glovanni Savarese. The Venezuelan tactician has been in charge of 189 matches since he was hired in December 2017. The visiting coach averages 1.59 points in 189 matches of 86 wins, 42 draws and 61 losses.
  • What are the positions of these teams in the rankings? Atlanta United FC is 2nd after 3 games while Portland Timbers are 18th in as many matches.

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