Match Preview for LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers
- Tournament: Major League Soccer 2017
- Kick-off (USA): 7 pm Eastern Time, Sunday, 12th March
- Kick-Off (UK): 11 pm, Sunday, 12th March
- Venue: StubHub Center (Carson, California).
Two teams that made contrasting start to the new season face-off on the final fixture of the match-day 2 of the MLS 2017 season.
LA Galaxy fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to FC Dallas in the opening day of the 2017 MLS season. The StubHub Center has been a fortress for the team, who lost just once in their 17 matches last season.
On the other hand, Portland Timbers eased past the newly promoted Minnesota by a massive 5-1 margin. Despite the three goals coming in the last 8 minutes, the Timbers never lost control of the match.
LA Galaxy: Team News
The head-coach Curt Onalfo has some selection head-aches leading to this fixture. Both Jermaine Jones and David Romney are suspended, while defenders Ashley Cole and Robbie Rogers are out with injuries. Meanwhile, Gyasi Zardes is already out following a knee surgery.
LA Galaxy: Expected Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Rowe – Garcia, Steres, Van Damme, Smith – Lletget, Jaoa Pedro, Husidic, Alessandrini – McBean, Dos Santos.
Portland Timbers: Team News
Caleb Porter is having a mini crisis in defense as the likes of Vytas and Arokyo are out with injuries.
There are also some fitness doubts on Liam Ridgewell and Alvas Powell, but both are expected to start here.
Portland Timbers: Expected Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Gleeson – Farfan, Ridgewell, Olum, Powell – Chara, Guzman — Nagbe, Valeri, Blanco — Adi.
LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers: Head-to-head stats
LA Galaxy lead the overall head-to-head stats with 7 wins as against 4 Portland wins in the 16 meetings between them. While 5 matches during the period end in draws.
In the 9 matches between the two at the StubHub Center, Galaxy has a strong record as they are unbeaten in 8 of them. The record can be spit across as 5 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss.
LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers: Prediction
There are talks on the corners about a possible upset by Portland Timbers here. But, the Timbers are a team that failed to win a single away match last season. They also had the worst goal ratio of -19 from their 17 away games.
While Galaxy were one of the best home sides in the league. They have some injury problems coming into this match, but so do the Timbers. We do not expect nothing unusual here and the home team must win this without much trouble.
LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers: Bet Tips
FT – LA Galaxy to win at 2.05 at Bet365
Giovani dos Santos (LA) to Score any-time at 2.55 with Unibet.