Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers
Venue: CenturyLink Field – Sunday April 26th – 21:30 ET (02:30 BST)
Match Odds: Seattle 17/20 – Draw 12/5 – Portland 16/5
Seattle will feel buoyed knowing that Clint Dempsey is ready and available after having to settle for time on the sidelines so far with a hamstring injury.
With the Sounders winning on the road last time out, it is important that they return to home comforts with a win, especially because this rivalry means a lot to the fans.Embed from Getty Images
Both sides are coming into the game off wins last weekend, and will both arrive looking to take all three points from this season’s second Cascadia Cup game, after the Timbers lost 2-1 to Vancouver earlier this season.
Seattle’s 2015 MLS record: P6 – W3 – D1 – L2
Portland come into this one as the underdogs and have endured a slow start to season after having to wait four games for their first win.Embed from Getty Images
They earned their first away win of the campaign at New York City FC last weekend, and so they will want to continue that form on the road at fierce rivals Seattle this week.
Portland’s 2015 MLS record: P7 – W2 – D3 – L2
Having lost the first of their Cascadia Cup games against the Vancouver Whitecaps, this is a huge game for the Timbers and one the fans will feel they cannot afford to lose.
For Seattle, Damian Lowe is the only injury concern for this clash as he is doubtful with an ankle injury. Clint Dempsey looks set to partner Obafemi Martins up front after overcoming his hamstring troubles.
Portland will be without Diego Valeri, Will Johnson and Ben Zemanski as all three all remain out. Rodney Wallace is a doubt for the game and doesn’t look like he will play any part.
Seattle Sounders’ last five in MLS: L/D/W/L/W
Portland Timbers’ last five in MLS: D/L/W/L/W
Key Stat: Portland Timbers have never won away at Seattle in an MLS regular season game.Embed from Getty Images
Key Player: Obafemi Martins – The pace the front man possesses will cause problems for any defense, and his partnership with Clint Dempsey could prove the difference once again in this one.
Seattle Sounders 2-1 Portland Timbers – Seattle to use their home advantage to effect with a narrow win against their rivals in what should be an entertaining game.