Portland Timbers vs FC Dallas
Major League Soccer
Date: Sunday, 11th June 2017
Kick-off at 3:00 UK/ 4:00 CET
Venue: Providence Park (Portland).
A decent looking Portland Timbers lock horns with the most successful away side in the league FC Dallas in the third and last MLS fixture of this week.
Timbers are coming on the back of a 2-0 home win, after losing back-to-back away games in the league. The win helped them to claw back into the play-off zone, occupying a fourth position in Western Conference, a spot below Dallas at a 2 point gap.
Portland has been a resilient bunch at home this season and have a solid record of 4 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss from 7 matches. Their lone home defeat came against Sporting Kansas City, a team bossing the Western Conference in these early days of the season. Otherwise, the Timbers looked in best shape in home matches, scored 15 goals so far against 7 conceded.
FC Dallas made a steady start to the season and sit at third in the Western Conference. Their good form was put in jeopardy when they went on a four match win-less run at the end of May, 2 draws and 2 defeats. Dallas had not lost a match in MLS since then. However, they responded well by beating Real Salt Lake by a massive 6-2 margin.
Away from home, Dallas played just five games this season. Before the 1-2 defeat at Chicago last week, they picked 2 wins and 2 draws. They are the top away side at the moment in terms of points earned per away games.
Portland Timbers vs FC Dallas: Head-to-head
The teams met once this season, at Dallas and settled for a 2-2 draw.
Dallas are on a five match unbeaten run against Portland with 3 wins and 2 draw. The three wins happened in the duels last season, 2 at home and 1 away at Portland.
Portland Timbers were undefeated in 7 MLS games against Dallas before falling to a 2-1 loss in the lone fixture of 2016 season.
Portland Timbers vs FC Dallas: Prediction
Both teams miss some key players in the build up to this games. Portland are without their top performing individuals David Guzman and Darlington Nagbe due to international commitments. While Dallas miss Maynor Figueroa, Matt Hedges and Kellyn Acosta, all three players had done exceptionally well for their team this season.
Despite missing some key players, both teams seem to have adequate like-to-like replacement. But, we expect the coaches to adopt a safe approach in this fixture. It will be all about not losing rather than winning.