The Best of the Day preview tackles a massive MLS showdown between last year’s final combatants, Portland Timbers and Atlanta United FC. 

MLS Tips – Portland Timbers V Atlanta United FC

12:00 (AEST) @ Providence Park, Portland

History: Played 3: Atlanta 1 V Portland 0 (2 Draws)

Last meeting: September 12, 2018 (Final): Atlanta 2 d Portland 0 at Mercedes Benz Stadium

Final Thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down the long-awaited 2018 Major League Soccer final rematch between Atlanta United FC and Portland Timbers.

Atlanta defeated the Timbers 2-0 in last year’s decider, clinching the MLS title in just the club’s second season.

Josef Martinez and Franco Escobar scored the goals that delivered the silverware to Atlanta.

Atlanta United are second in the Eastern Conference with 13 wins and three draws from 25 games.

They have found form recently with four wins in their last five games. The defending champs put away LA Galaxy (3-0) and New York City FC (2-1) in the past fortnight.

Martinez is on an incredible eight-game MLS goalscoring streak, including three braces. He sits second on the MLS charts with 20 goals.

He also scored the match-winner in Atlanta’s Campeones Cup final win over América midweek.

Portland are clinging to seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, winning 11 and drawing four of their 24 games. Only the top seven teams from each conference progress to the playoffs.

But they are one of the league’s form teams. After a disastrous start to the campaign, the Timbers have lost just one of their last nine games. They beat Vancouver (3-1) and Chicago (3-2) in their past two.

Both of the clubs’ previous regular-season clashes finished in 1-1 draws.

The Timbers are on a seven-match unbeaten streak at home. Atlanta have been ice-cold on the road, losing six straight.

Those numbers are emphatic enough to get behind the Timbers for a crucial Best of the Day win.

Tip: Result – Portland Timbers @ $2.20