Semi Final Recap
Out of the 8 games what were played during the semi final rounds, my ELO system successfully predicted the winner in 6 games (including 1 draw), and came up short for two. One of the missed predictions and the draw came during the Portland vs Vancouver series. When we look at the overall regular season performance, I think many fans would have agreed that Vancouver seemed to have an advantage, but it’s never safe to discount the passion a good Cascadia match up can bring out. Portland has continued to ride the wave of form that they found at the end of the season, and Vancouver was just not able to get out of their funk.
The other missed prediction came during the the first DC vs New York game, but I don’t think anyone was surprised by this result or would have called it an upset. So overall, I believe that the system is continuing to hold up pretty well going into the Conference Finals.However, the perfect game was ended when Defender Anatole Bertrand Abang acored in the 93rd min, but it was too little too late for the Red Bulls.
2015 Cup Conference Final Leg Two Predictions
This brings us to today. The Crew are hosting the Timbers and based on the ELO numbers for this season, it looks like it’s going to be an exciting Final. Columbus may have the advantage when you factor in the Home Field advantage, but the Timbers have been riding a very impressive wave of form for the entire Cup Playoff. For an in depth breakdown of the history of Crew vs Timbers matches, checkout the article over at MLSSoccer.com. Or if you don’t like to read, then take a look at this info graphic.
As for me, I’m looking forward to adding another Cup scarf to my collection, and I think the Columbus Crew will take that spot.