Portland Timbers vs New England Revolution – Free MLS Picks for 4/2
Soccer Sunday brings us just one MLS tilt this week, but it’s a fun interconference battle. The Portland Timbers, currently atop the Western Conference, will be hosting the New England Revolution, who earned their first win of the season last week against Minnesota.
The two teams met just once last season in a game the Timbers won 2-0 at Providence Park. Portland is incredibly tough at home, but can New England go on the road and earn at least a share of the spoils?
Following a torrid 3-0 start, the Timbers suffered their first setback of 2017 last week when they were beaten 3-2 in Columbus. Portland has scored a league-leading 12 goals so far, led by Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi, each of whom has netted four goals.
They’ll host a New England team coming off a get-right win over Minnesota. The Revs have now scored six goals through two games, though five of those came at the hands of the porous Minnesota United defense.
Considering they’d scored just once through the first two games, they’re in for a much stiffer test when they travel to Providence Park this week. In their two previous home games this season, the Timbers have scored a combined nine goals against Minnesota and Houston.
It’s one of the toughest venues in which to play if you’re a road team, so the Revs may be humbled after facing the league leaders here.