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MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers

LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers

Venue: StubHub Center – Wednesday, June 24 – 23:00 ET (04:00 BST)

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 10/11 – Draw 13/5 – Portland Timbers 14/5

Match Preview

LA Galaxy welcome Portland Timbers to StubHub Center on Wednesday night in one of the seven midweek MLS fixtures.

Galaxy come into the game off the back of their 5-1 destruction of Philadelphia Union on Saturday and so spirits will be high. But they cannot afford to think this will be an easy tie.

Bruce Arena will be pleased that his side showed they are still as deadly in front of goal, but will know they have been below par by their standards for most of this campaign.

LA have only won three of their last ten regular season games and are sitting fourth in the Western Conference, level on 25 points with Wednesday’s opponents Portland.

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Portland Timbers won their fourth MLS game on the bounce last weekend as they beat Houston Dynamo 2-0 at home.

Caleb Porter‘s side have been in brilliant form and they now sit third in the Western Conference, having played two games less than their opponents.

They have scored seven in their last four games which is worrying for anyone they’re are coming up against, as they are scoring freely.

Goals have been coming from all over the pitch for Portland, which makes them all the more of a threat and they will be hoping to extend their winning run to five in LA.

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Team News

LA Galaxy could have four missing as goalkeeper Brian Perk is out, while Todd Dunivant and Edson Buddle are both doubtful. Bradford Jamieson IV will still require tests before the game to see if he’s recovered from a concussion picked up while with the US Under-20’s.

Portland Timbers could be without up to four players too. Ben Zemanski is out, while Diego Valeri, Dairon Asprilla and Alvas Powell are all doubts.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s last five: W/D/L/D/W

Portland Timbers’ last five in MLS: L/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: LA Galaxy are undefeated in 27 of their last 28 home games in Major League Soccer.

Key Player: Gyasi Zardes – The pacey forward netted his fourth of the season last weekend and has a real chance to show can provide against tough opposition here.

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Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 2-2 Portland Timbers – A tight game with neither side able to come out on top. This has the potential for goals but it’s too tough to split them.

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About Lewis Addley (634 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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