The regular season comes to an end this weekend, and the game between FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers is one of very few in which both sides have something to play for.
Seattle’s huge game against LA on Saturday night is probably the biggest of the weekend, but Portland are battling for their playoff lives, and face a tough trip to a Dallas side looking to avoid playing in the Western Conference Knockout game.
Real Salt Lake’s victory against Chivas USA on Thursday night moved them into third place, and so Dallas will need to win in front of their own fans to ensure they finish third.
Dallas have won their last eight home games in Major League Soccer, so they will expect to take all three points once more.
FC Dallas’ home form: Played 16 – Won 12 – Drawn 1 – Lost 3
Portland currently sit one point behind the Vancouver Whitecaps in the race for the final playoff spot in the entire league, and must better the Canadian-based side’s result to earn a place in the post-season.
The Timbers have been the third-best side away from home this season, and come into the game in good form, having only lost one of their last eight MLS games.Embed from Getty Images
Portland Timbers’ away form: Played 16 – Won 6 – Drawn 4 – Lost 6
They lost 2-1 to Dallas back in March but their season depends on this game, and Portland have more to play for than the hosts.
It should be an entertaining game, with so much at stake, and with Vancouver kicking off half an hour later, Saturday night’s action promises to be thrilling.
Key Player: Diego Valeri – The Argentine has been Portland’s best player this season and they need him to produce more than ever in this one.
Key Stat: FC Dallas have won their last eight home games, scoring at least two in those victories.
Dallas’ last five: L/W/L/W/W
Portland’s last five: W/L/W/W/D
Prediction: FC Dallas 2-2 Portland Timbers – Portland to earn a point and face an anxious wait for Vancouver’s final score.