Im gonna say straight, LA is in favor, but the absence of Perry Kitchen, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romain Alessandrini and Juninho are truly crucial and Timbers with their epic beardman mascot should rock the house. Portland has more avg shots and has height advantage (sorry Zlatan) so that 55 percent aerial duels won can make the difference (plus not an ideal start of LA). 2:1 Portland
The 1st match was tight and tense despite the final scoreline, as neither side created a host of goal scoring opportunities. No team has ever come back from a deficit as high as this in the Play-Offs before, so its going to be a tough ask for New York RB on Friday. Obviously, Atlanta United head into the 2nd Leg as the clear favourites to progress, but over the season New York RB have proved they can beat anybody on their day and a 3-0 win of their very own is certainly not out of the question. The previous two matches between New York RB and Atlanta United which took place at the Red Bull Arena have both ended with under 2.5 goals being scored. Four of New York RB’s last seven matches have produced under 2.5 goals, while two of Atlanta United’s last three away games have produced under 2.5 goals. Atlanta United have kept clean sheets in two of their last three matches and we can see the visitors adding another on Friday.