After finishing third in the Western Conference in the regular season and eventually winning the MLS Cup in an unforgettable 2015 season, Portland Timbers endured a mighty fall from grace in 2016. In 2016, Portland failed to qualify for the playoffs, finishing the season in seventh place and two points adfrift of the last postseason berth. They have their league-worst road record to blame, as Timbers failed to win a single match away from home. It's a stark contrast from their brilliant home form and Portland must make it right to return to MLS supremacy.
The Portland Timbers play their home games at Providence Park in Oregon. They were the 18th team to join MLS, and have experienced plenty of success already. Playing their first game just five years ago, they lost 3-1 to the Colorado Rapids. With the exclusion of 2016, they've enjoyed great success.
Timbers entered the 2015 season with optimism. It was their fifth year in the MLS and 40th since being founded as a club in the North American Soccer League. With the addition of Argentine striker Lucas Melano covering Valeri's continued absence, the Timbers started with more consistency than the previous season and after finishing third in Western Conference heading into the playoffs.
In the knockout round, Portland beat Sporting Kansas City on penalties before dispatching Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Western Conference finals saw Portland Timbers triumph 5-3 on aggregate against FC Dallas.
Portland scored the fastest MLS Cup final goal against Columbus Crew. The Timbers then added to their lead when Rodney Wallace made it 2-0 before the tournament's top scorer in postseason, Kei Kamara, grabbed what a consolation.
Portland Timbers Betting Lines Today
Whether you're looking to back the Timbers or calling their opposition on this week's moneyline, you'll need to know the best odds. Check here regularly as we have you covered.
It's important to know who the Timbers are playing week in and week out to formulate a solid betting strategy. Find betting gems in the future and use those games as your starting point.
Portland Timbers Standings Right Now
It's tough to know what to expect from Portland Timbers so track their current progress in the standings. Are they playoff bound and challenging atop the conference?
How To Win At Portland Timbers Betting
It's plain to see why Portland didn't make the postseason in 2016. They had the league's worst away record, which is saying a lot. MLS teams perform considerably worse on the road, but Portland were on a level of their own. Timbers failed to win an away game in 2016. They were the only MLS team to have that dubious record.
Portland gained six of a possible 51 away points. That kind of form will quickly prevent you from qualifying for the playoffs. Astonishingly, they only finished two points outside of a playoff posisiton, showing just how proficient a team they are at home.
Timbers won 12 of 17 home games, tying Dallas for the most home wins in the conference. Dallas lost one more home contest, ensuring Portland had the best home record in the Western Conference. Only the Red Bulls, who won 13 home games, had a better home record in the MLS.
Timbers had little trouble scoring goals in 2016, notching a conference third-best 48. However, they concdeded 53 goals, the most in the Western Conference. When strapped for time, bet the overs market on most Portland games. They play a run-and-gun style more conducive to how things are done in the Eastern Conference.
Portland are a good outside futures bet as, if they can sort out their dismal away form, they'll be in with a chance to contend for the MLS Cup. If they can go into the playoffs as the third or fourth seed in the conference and play the first playoff round at home, anything is possible.
In Diego Valeri, they have a talisman who is likely to win more Man-of-the-Match awards than most.
The Timbers can often look a good value bet to win games, but it's worth remembering that only once have they won the Western Conference outright.