Competition: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo
Venue: Providence Park – Saturday, June 21 – 22:30 ET (Sunday, June 22 – 02:30 BST)
Match Odds: Portland Timbers 4/6 – Draw 11/4 – Houston Dynamo 4/1
The Timbers won their third game on the bounce in their last regular season game, beating New England Revolution 2-0. This is the first time Timbers have achieved the feat in their history.
These victories have seen the Timbers rise up the table and into fourth place in the Western Conference and a win could see them into third if results go their way.
Fanendo Adi got both the goals over New England taking his tally to six for the season. In Adi they have a striker full of confidence who seems to be a constant threat. He has netted four more than their second highest scorer Nat Borchers.Embed from Getty Images
Portland have been solid at home this season, winning three, drawing three and having lost just once at Providence Park.
Houston Dynamo are looking to get successive wins after their 4-2 demolition of New York Red Bulls last time out.
Will Bruin is in good form after a slow start and he has now netted seven goals this season, including two goals against Portland Timbers in the reverse fixture.
Owen Coyle’s men have struggled away from home, winning just one at Toronto, and their poor away form could decide whether the Dynamo can reach the playoff positions or miss out come the end of the campaign.
The reverse fixture saw Houston Dynamo win 3-1 over Portland Timbers back in May, the goals came from Will Bruin, who bagged a brace, and one from Giles Barnes. Portland’s goal came from Fanendo Adi.Embed from Getty Images
Portland Timbers have doubts over Diego Valeri (ankle), while Ben Zemanski is still sidelined (knee).
Houston Dynamo will be without Brad Davies and Bonieck Garcia as Owen Coyle mentioned in a press conference earlier this week.
Portland Timbers last five in MLS: L/L/W/W/W
Houston Dynamo last five in MLS: W/W/L/D/W
Key Stat: Portland Timbers have only beaten Houston Dynamo once in six attempts.
Key Player: Will Bruin – The Houston Dynamo forward will look to get his fifth goal in three games if he can hit the back of the net this weekend. Bruin will be trusted with unlocking the opposition defence, which he has done twice already this season.Embed from Getty Images
Portland Timbers 2-1 Houston Dynamo – Portland Timbers will just edge it with the single goal being the difference. Both teams have excellent strikers who know how to score but you can’t bet against Portland’s three game unbeaten run.