MLS Betting Tips

Portland Timbers vs New England Revolution betting tips: Major League Soccer preview, predictions and odds

The last four meetings between Portland and New England have all produced 1-1 draws. In fact, seven of their last ten encounters have finished all square with the home side winning the other three.

Another draw in this one is 12/5.

Draw and both teams to score is 3/1.

Adam Buksa is 11/2 to break the deadlock and 8/5 to score anytime.

Match preview

Last season's Supporters' Shield winners take on the MLS Cup runners-up as two of Major League Soccer's best teams go head-to-head in week one.

Last season, New England Revolution picked their first-ever Supporters' Shield thanks to a record-breaking 73 points haul (2.14 points per game).

However, the Revs were ultimately disappointed as the Shield curse struck; they were eliminated in their first play-off match by NYCFC on penalties.

So now Bruce Arena, who's won five MLS Cups in his managerial career, will be looking to deliver a first for five-times runners-up New England.

In the post-season, Tajon Buchanan completed his $7 million move to Club Brugge and Arena has gone for experience in terms of incomings.

Omar Gonzalez (33), Sebastian Lletget (29) and Jozy Altidore (32) are the arrivals in Foxborough having all played for Arena before.

Alongside Matt Turner, before he joins Arsenal in the summer, Carles Gil, Emmanuel Boateng and many more, this is a very talented squad.

Will New England start the defence of their shield with a victory in Oregon?

Portland Timbers meanwhile came agonisingly close to winning MLS' biggest prize as recently as December.

In MLS Cup, they looked dead and buried against NYCFC until Felipe Mora's 94th minute equaliser forced extra time and ultimately penalties.

However, Mora himself and club legend Diego Valeri both missed from 12 yards as the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy went over to New York.

Nevertheless, this was the Timbers' third appearance in MLS Cup, winning the trophy in 2015 but losing to Atalanta three years later.

Thus, another strong season is expected from Giovanni Savarese's side.

Since MLS Cup, Valeri has departed while David Ayala, Josecarlos Van Rankin and Justin Vom Steeg are the notable editions.

Will the home fans be celebrating at win at Providence Park?

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