MLS: Atlanta United vs Portland Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Mar 18)
- Atlanta United are sitting top of the Eastern Conference right now.
- The Portland Timbers lost their last two MLS games.
- Atlanta United’s roster is the second-most valuable in the league.
Betting odds keep moving in Atlanta United’s favor ahead of the duel with the Portland Timbers. They’re expected to win comfortably on Saturday, March 18. Will they meet the expectations?
Atlanta United are 2-1-0 since the start of the season, sitting at the very top of the table in the West. There are two other teams with the same record, but Atlanta United have a better score differential than them (6-2). Scoring has been their strongest weapon for years, which is great news for their fans as they’re taking on the Portland Timbers who conceded five goals in their last two games.
How to Watch
- When: Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 7:30 p.m ET
- Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
- How To Watch: Apple TV
Atlanta United’s squad is one of the most valuable in entire North America. In fact, New York City FC is the only team in the league with a more expensive roster.
This team is valued at $56.5 million, with almost one-third of the value coming from Argentine playmaker Thiago Almada. The 21-year-old FIFA World Cup winner has been sensational in 2023, with two goals scored and two assists.
Teenage defender Caleb Wiley has also been great this season, with two goals and an assist in Atlanta’s most recent game. Their forwards, however, haven’t been too productive. Luiz Araujo is their only forward who’s scored a goal in 2023.
Still, they do have plenty of talent in the final third, which is why we think some of them might score on Saturday. Portland’s defense just doesn’t look good enough to stop them.
Atlanta United have been excellent in 2023 and we don’t think the Portland Timbers can change that. The hosts are winning this game, probably with plenty of goals in the visitors’ net.