MLS Final 2021: Portland Timbers vs New York City prediction and betting tips (December 11)
Portland Timbers and New York City clash in the MLS Cup final. The Timbers play their third Cup Final, while the Blues play their first-ever Cup Final. Who will win the AUDI 2021 MLS Cup final?
Felipe Mora (Portland Timbers) score an opener against Salt Lake in the conference finals
Felipe Mora (Portland Timbers) score an opener against Salt Lake in the conference finals
by Paul Awoniyi Paul Awoniyi

Portland Timbers host New York City in the MLS Cup Final on Saturday.

The match is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, 11 December 2021. The game time by GMT is 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 11. The match venue is Providence Park, Portland, Oregon.

Let’s check out the latest betting odds, key stats, team news and projected starting lineups. Below you have the betting tips and match predictions for the MLS Final 2021: Portland Timbers vs New York City (December 11).

Portland Timbers vs New York City (MLS Final 2021) latest betting odds

International betting sites price Portland Timbers to win odds at 2.85 (+185 American; 37/20 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced 3.30 (+230; 23/10), while New York City to win odds are priced at 2.70 (+170; 17/10).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Portland Timbers — 34%, draw — 30%, New York City — 36%.

Latest betting odds on Portland Timbers vs New York City (11 December 2021):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 2.06 (+106; 53/50)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 1.85 (-118; 50/59)
  • Asian handicap (+0.25) on Portland Timbers — 1.67 (-150; 2/3)
  • Asian handicap (-0.25) on New York City — 2.20 (+120; 6/5)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.78 (-128; 25/32)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.98 (-102; 50/51)

Portland Timbers vs New York City (MLS Final 2021) match preview and statistics

Portland Timbers are heading to their third MLS Cup final. The last time they reached the final was in 2018, where they were runners-up. They won the 2015 Cup Final, and have won the Western Conference finals three times, 2015, 2018 and 2021. The Timbers have won each of their last six games before reaching the final.

In the Western Conference final, Portland beat Salt Lake two goals to nil. Felipe Mora opened the scoring in the fifth minute of the game with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Santiago Moreno doubled the lead in the 60th minute of the second half with a right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Dario Zuparic.

Team statistics: 51% possession, 14 total shots, 12 chances created, one big chance, 344 accurate passes, 80% pass accuracy, 1.28 xG, 11 fouls conceded, seven corners. It was a dominant performance by the team from Oregon.

Portland Timbers team news: Andy Polo, Eryk Williamson, Hunter Sulte, Ismaila Jome, Jeff Attinella are unavailable due to injuries. Dairo Asprilla is back from suspension and will be available.

New York City FC are heading to their first-ever MLS Cup final. They’ve only been to the Eastern Conference finals once and won it. New York are unbeaten in their last eight games, with six wins and two draws. The Blues beat Philadelphia Union 2-1 in the Conference final.

Alexander Callens opened the scoring in the 63rd minute of the second half to give Union the lead. Maxi Moralez levelled the scores quickly in the 65th minute with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Ismael Tajouri-Shradi. Talles Magno scored the match winner in the 87th minute with a left footed shot from close range to the centre of the goal, assisted by Gudmundur Thorarinsson.

Team statistics: 65% possession, 1.68 xG, 11 total shots, 12 chances created, two big chances, 468 accurate passes, 81% pass accuracy, 10 fouls conceded, two corners.

New York City team news: Anton Tinnerholm and Keaton Parks are sidelined due to injuries. Valentin Castellanos is back in the squad for this match.

Portland Timbers vs New York City H2H

Portland Timbers have won the previous four matches against New York City FC. they won 3-1 in the last match. Jesus Medina scored the opening goal, while Sebastian Blanco, Diego Valeri and Andy Polo scored for the Timbers.

Portland Timbers vs New York City (MLS Final 2021) key players and lineups

Portland Timbers projected starting lineup:

  • Steve Clark
  • Josecarlos Van Rankin
  • Larrys Mabiala
  • Dario Zuparic
  • Claudio Bravo
  • Diego Chara
  • Cristhian Paredes
  • Dairon Asprilla
  • Diego Valeri
  • Marvin Loria
  • Felipe Mora

The key player to watch out for is Felipe Mora. He scored the opener in their 2-0 win over Salt Lake in the Conference final. Mora has 11 goals and four assists in 29 appearances this season.

New York City projected starting lineup:

  • Sean Johnson
  • Tayvon Gray
  • Maxime Chanot
  • Alexander Callens
  • Malte Amundsen
  • Alfredo Morales
  • James Sands
  • Jesus Medina
  • Maxi Moralez
  • Santiago Rodriguez
  • Valentin Castellanos

The key player to watch out for is Maxi Moralez. The attacking midfielder was one of the best players on the pitch in the last game. He scored the equalizer in their 2-1 victory in the Conference final. Moralez has 11 assists and three goals in MLS this season.

Portland Timbers vs New York City (MLS Final 2021) betting tips and prediction

The Portland Timbers are going to their third MLS Cup final. They won it in 2015, and were runners-up in the 2018 final. Portland are going to host this year’s final, hence, having the home advantage. Their form is very good, winning each of their last six games before the final. New York City FC are going to their first-ever Conference finals. The Blues secured their final tickets as they beat Philadelphia 2-1. They haven’t lost in eight matches and are unbeaten in four away games. Barring any surprises, the Timbers are favourites to win this tie. They have a good record against New York City, winning all of the last four meetings.

Betting prediction: Portland Timbers to win

Odds: 2.85 (+185 American; 37/20 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Both teams to score (Yes)

Odds: 1.78 (-128 American; 25/32 Fractional)

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