Portland Timbers host Los Angeles FC in an MLS regular-season clash on Sunday night, in a clash of two sides who should be on their way to the playoffs.
Portland Timbers are currently joint-top of the Western Conference, with 30 points, the same as Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City. However, Portland Timbers have played one game more than the former, and one game less than the latter.
They shot Los Angeles FC, who are in 4th spot, six points behind these three teams. After a great victory against Seattle Sounders, Los Angeles FC floundered in their last game, losing 2-1 to the Vancouver Whitecaps.
On their part, Portland Timbers had a five-game winning streak arrested in their last game, after they lost 2-1 to Real Salt Lake.
Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles FC Head-to-Head
Los Angeles FC have won four of the right games they have played against Portland Timbers. Los Angeles have only lost twice, with two other games ending in draws.
In the last game between these two sides, which was played last month, Los Angeles FC put in a great performance, to win 4-2.
Portland Timbers form guide: L-W-W-W-W
Los Angeles FC form guide in the MLS: L-W-L-L-W
Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles FC Team News
Portland Timbers still have significant concerns on the injury front, with a number of players still unavailable for selection.
Andy Polo, Sebastian Blanco, Andres Flores, Julio Cascante, Dairon Asprilla and Blake Bodily are all injured.
Injuries: Andy Polo, Sebastian Blanco, Andres Flores, Julio Cascante, Dairon Asprilla
Los Angeles FC will continue to miss their talismanic Mexican skipper Carlos Vela for this game. However, Diego Rossi and Brian Rodriguez have returned from international duty, and should be available for selection for this game.
Injured: Carlos Vela
Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles FC Predicted Lineups
Portland Timbers Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Steve Clark; Jorge Villafana, Dario Zuparic, Tuiloma, M Farfan; Erik Williamson, Diego Chara; Diego Valeri, Marvin Loria, Yimmy Chara; Niezgoda
Los Angeles FC Predicted XI (4-3-3): Pablo Sisniega; Diego Palacios, Eddie Segura, Dejan Jakovic, Latif Blessing; Eduard Atuesta, Jose Cifuentes, Mark-Anthony Kaye; Brian Rodriguez, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Diego Rossi
Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles FC Prediction
Portland Timbers have been the better team than Los Angeles FC this season, especially in terms of consistency. They still have the faintest of chances to win the MLS Supporters’ Shield, so every win is important as well.
We are predicting a slender Portland Timbers win in this game.
Prediction: Portland Timbers 2-1 Los Angeles FC
Published 18 Oct 2020, 03:34 IST