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Struggling pair may cancel each other out in Seattle

Seattle's Clint Dempsey (left) is struggling for goals
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North-west rivals Seattle and Portland meet at CenturyLink Field but there’s no great appeal in backing either side.

The Timbers head up the coast on a run of no wins in four while the Sounders only managed to snap their own four-game winless streak with a wholly unconvincing 1-0 win against Real Salt Lake.

Portland are better placed in the Western Conference – five points superior after 12 games – but confidence isn’t high.

Seattle are bossing possession and passing stats in their games but lack much of a touch in front of goal.

The build-up to this fixture is always keenly contested but the match itself might not live up the hype. Take a chance on under 2.5 goals at 23-20.

Portland have been leaking goals, especially away. Their most recent outing ended in a 4-1 loss at Montreal though they were down to ten men after 18 minutes when Diego Chara was sent off, so it’s hard to gauge how poor they were.

Liam Ridgewell has certainly been busy at the back though Seattle are less likely to give him a meaningful workout. Brian Schmetzer’s men have scored only twice in their last four games and Clint Dempsey’s struggles were highlighted by a missed penalty against Salt Lake.

Seattle are a 5-6 shot and in their favour is a home record of just one defeat in their last 13 regular-season fixtures.

Recommendation
Under 2.5 goals
1pt 23-20 Coral

Seattle are bossing possession and passing stats in their games but lack much of a touch in front of goal
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