With FC Cincinnati tidying up their act in the last two group stages of the MLS is Back tournament, the smart money is on backing a less-than-lively affair against Portland.
📝 Quick preview & tip
Portland Timbers qualified as group winners (W2, D1) in the MLS is Back Tournament and are favourites against Cincinnati in the Round of 16. Eight of their last nine MLS fixtures have now featured over 2.5 goals. In contrast, Cincinnati turned things around after an opening day 4-0 thumping with two straight wins accompanied by clean sheets. Seven of their last ten MLS matches have now seen just one or neither side score, and seven featured under 2.5 goals.
🔑 Key betting facts
- 60% of the total goals in Portland's group stage matches were scored in the second halves of matches.
- Portland's three group stage encounters produced two red cards and an average of 4.33 yellows per match.
- Portland has scored precisely two goals in five of their last nine MLS matches, but have scored more than two in just one of their last 16.
- Just three of Portland’s last 15 MLS fixtures have been decided by a margin of two or more goals (W6, D4, L5).
✅ Futaa Best Bet: Back under 2.5 goals