Our prediction for this MLS match:
BBVA Compass Stadium will host the MLS clash between Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers. Houston are eyeing their third consecutive win at home ground, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as favourites to win the midweek clash. Defender Ethan Bartlow is sidelined with injury, while El Salvador midfielder Darwin Ceren, who returned from international duty, is pushing for a start.
Portland Timbers, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 3-0 loss to Philadelphia Union, with the team beating Sporting Kansas City at home ground. Giovanni Savarese’s troops regained a much-needed confidence at the weekend, with the team climbing to 5th place in the standings. Considering that Houston are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on both teams to score.
Highlighted Player (Mauro Manotas):
Born in Sabanalarga, Colombia on July 15, 1995, Mauro Manotas is a 178-cm tall attacker who plays for Houston Dynamo in MLS. Manotas is a product of the Uniautonoma football school, and he made 25 appearances for the club at senior level.
He made his Uniautonoma debut in a 3-2 win over Valledupar FC on May 29, 2013. Manotas scored his first goal for the club on August 13, 2014 in a Copa Colombia loss to Valledupar. In 2015 he decided to take a step forward in his career, with the Colombia international joining the Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo.
Mauro Manotas made his MLS debut in a 2-0 loss to Dallas on June 27, 2015, while scoring his first goal in the league in a 2-2 draw with Minnesota United on April 16, 2017. Manotas has yet to receive a call-up for the Colombia national football team, but he has three caps with the U20 team. He scored his first international goal in a 2-1 loss to Brazil on January 23, 2015.
Highlighted Team (Portland Timbers):
Founded in 2009, Portland Timbers is a soccer club based in Portland, Oregon. The Timbers are well known for their green kit and their secondary colours are red and black. Portland welcome their opponents at Providence Park and the capacity of their home ground is 21.144.
The club hold a long-running rivalry with Seattle Sounders as the two clubs used to face each other in the North American Soccer League. In 2015 Portland Timbers did remarkably well to win the MLS Cup and that is considered the club’s biggest success.
The Timbers defeated Columbus Crew in the final of the tournament and it has to be noted that the title game was hosted by Mapfre Stadium (Columbus).
Former Premier League footballer Liam Ridgewell played for Portland in the 2015 MLS Cup final against Columbus Crew. Speaking of the club’s supporters, you should have in mind that the Timbers sold out almost every home game in the MLS. Portland’s main supporters group is the Timbers Army.