Competition: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. DC United
Venue: Providence Park – Wednesday, May 27 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)
Match Odds: Portland Timbers 8/11 – Draw 5/2 – DC United 4/1
Portland have had a mediocre start to 2015 in Major League Soccer and have only won one of their last five, and with only one win at home all season, the Timbers are struggling to find a run of form.
However, Portland have won their last two against DC and will want to make it three in a row in Wednesday night’s meeting.Embed from Getty Images
Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Toronto was Portland’s second on the bounce and they need to try and get points from this one before the weekend’s trip to Colorado.
Portland Timbers’ record this season: P12 – W3 – D4 – L5
DC United have been the opposite of Portland and have been impressively resolute to remain at the top of the Eastern Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings after 12 weeks.
Only losing once in their last ten, DC have been good value for their current position, and integral to their success is their defensive performances as they have only conceded ten in their 12 matches so far.
However, their away form has been somewhat a hindrance to their potential as their last win away from RFK Stadium came in April.
DC United’s record this season: P12 – W6 – D4 – L2
They will look to leave Providence Park with maximum points on Wednesday night ahead of the weekend clash with Philadelphia Union at home.
Portland Timbers are without Ben Zemanski, who is still out with a knee injury, while Will Johnson and Diego Valeri are both doubts as they are still carrying minor injuries. Gaston Fernandez is expected to deputise for Valeri should he miss out with an ankle injury picked up in Saturday’s loss to Toronto.
DC United are without Eddie Johnson, Fabian Espindola, Collin Martin, Luis Silva and Nick DeLeon all though injury. Jairo Arrieta should start after scoring from the bench against New England Revolution. However, Ben Olsen could revert back to 4-4-2 and start Chris Pontius and Conor Doyle upfront as he will look to keep his squad fresh with another game this weekend.
Portland’s last five: L/D/W/L/L
DC’s last five: W/D/W/L/D
Key Stat: Portland have not lost to DC United since May 2011 in a 3-2 loss at home.
Key Player: Bill Hamid – USMNT ‘keeper Hamid is crucial to DC’s MLS Cup hopes and will be influential in keeping out Portland on Wednesday night.
Portland Timbers 0-1 DC United – DC are too strong to lose to Portland side struggling for form, and the Timbers will find it hard to break them down in what should be a tight affair.