The Portland Timbers will try to come out of the latest international break better than they entered it when they take on the LA Galaxy on Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. The Timbers (3-6-6), who reached the MLS Cup last year only to lose in extra time to New York City FC, went into the break on a three-game losing streak, including a loss to San Jose, one of the worst teams in the Western Conference. Meanwhile the Galaxy (7-5-2) found a bit of form before the break with wins over rival LAFC and Austin FC.
Kickoff on Saturday is set for 5 p.m. ET. LA is listed as a -140 favorite in the latest Galaxy vs. Timbers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Portland is a +370 underdog. A draw is +290, and the over-under for total goals is 2.5. Before making any Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy picks or MLS predictions, you need to see what renowned soccer bettor Jon (Buckets) Eimer has to say.
Eimer is a high-volume bettor who has vast knowledge of leagues and players across the globe. Since joining SportsLine, Eimer has covered the English Premier League, Serie A, the FA Cup and much more. The Indiana-based handicapper also compiled a winning record of 260-133-1 with more than 90 units of profit for his community on various platforms over a recent two-month stretch.
Now, Eimer has broken down the Galaxy vs. Timbers matchup from every angle. You can You can visit SportsLine now to see his MLS picks. Here are the betting lines for Timbers vs. Galaxy:
- Timbers vs. Galaxy money line: LA -140, Draw +290, Portland +370
- Timbers vs. Galaxy spread: LA -0.5 (-135)
- Timbers vs. Galaxy over-under: 2.5 goals
- Timbers vs. Galaxy tickets: See tickets at StubHub
Why you should back the LA Galaxy
LA already has success against Portland this season. On April 3 in Portland, Javier (Chicharito) Hernandez scored twice, and the Galaxy got an own goal from the Timbers in a 3-1 LA victory. That win came during a time in which the Galaxy were not playing their best and ended the club's two-game losing streak. It also extended LA's winning streak over Portland to three.
In addition, the Galaxy are playing their best soccer of the season. On May 25, Kevin Cabral, Chicharito and Dejan Joveljic all scored second half goals in a 3-1 victory over LAFC in the U.S. Open Cup. Then, in the last game before the break, LA put up four second half goals in a 4-1 home rout of Austin FC. The seven goals of their last two games was one more than the Galaxy had scored in its previous seven matches (six).
Why you should back the Portland Timbers
Felipe Mora is expected to make his season debut on Saturday. The 28-year-old forward from Chile has missed the start of the MLS season while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery in the preseason. The return of Mora, whose late goal in the 2021 MLS Cup sent the match into extra time, should boost an offense that has struggled to score this season.
In addition, Bill Tuiloma is having a career-best season. The 27-year-old midfielder from New Zealand leads the team in goals (five). Prior to this season, Tuiloma had never scored more than one goal for the Timbers.
How to make Galaxy vs. Timbers picks
Eimer has analyzed Galaxy vs. Timbers from every angle, and he is leaning over on the goal total. He also provides three additional confident best bets and has a full breakdown of the match. He's only sharing those picks here.
So who wins LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to get Jon Eimer's predictions for Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy, all from the soccer expert who has been on a roll, and find out.