Home comforts have helped make Orlando City slim favorites to win the ‘MLS Is Back’ tournament when they face the Portland Timbers in Tuesday’s final.
Two shock contenders have made their way all the way to the decider at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida, less than 30 minutes from City’s usual home at Exploria Stadium.
Pointsbet NJ have given Oscar Pareja’s side the slight edge at +150 (2.50) to beat Portland so close to home soil. Portland aren’t far behind at +170 (2.70) in a clash between two tightly drawn teams, both of whom have scored in all six of their matches so far in the competition.
The Timbers are unbeaten in their last seven straight games, while Orlando are undefeated in six and enjoying a run of form they haven’t experienced in two years.
Portland vs. Orlando City Prediction: Orlando to win 2-1
Both teams have posted four wins and two draws in the tournament thus far; Portland got the better of FC Cincinnati on penalties in the round of 16 while City knocked west-coast giants Los Angeles FC out at the quarter-final stage.
Orlando were the second team to book their berth in the final after besting Minnesota United 3-1 on Thursday when two goals from former Manchester United winger Nani sealed their fate:
The defensive side of the ball is where Orlando look the superior outfit based on recent form; Pareja’s men have kept one clean sheet during the tournament and are yet to concede more than one goal in any fixture, neither of which Portland can say the same.
A place in the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League awaits the winner of Tuesday’s matchup, and Orlando’s added resilience looks as though it may give them the advantage in search of qualification.
‘MLS Is Back’ Final Info
- Date: Tuesday, August 11
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Florida
- TV Info: fuboTV, ESPN
- Best sportsbook: in Illinois Betrivers IL, in NJ – bet365 NJ, in Indiana – Poinstbet IN.
MLS Is Back Final Odds
- Portland Timbers: +170
- Draw: +255
- Orlando City: +150
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