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MLS Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs San Jose Earthquakes

Portland Timbers vs San Jose Earthquakes Preview and Prediction

Competitions: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Venue: Providence Park – Sunday, July 5 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports)

Match Odds: Portland 8/15 – Draw 16/5 – San Jose 5/1

Match Preview

Portland Timbers take on Western Conference rivals San Jose Earthquakes for the first time this season when the two meet on Sunday night.

Both sides are coming into the game after midweek disappointment as both were eliminated from the US Open Cup on Wednesday night.

Portland fell 2-0 to Real Salt Lake but will be looking back at their 4-1 Cascadia Cup win over Seattle Sounders last week for inspiration ahead of this one.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

Caleb Porter’s team have won five of their last six MLS games and are now just four points off top spot in the West.

San Jose are also looking strong as they have won their last two games, including a special 3-1 victory over fierce rivals LA Galaxy in last week’s Californian Clasico.

Dominic Kinnear has his side looking solid and they are just one point off the playoff places in a very competitive Western Conference.

Their last away trip saw them win 2-0 in Seattle so they will be hoping for another successful journey to the North West as they look to win in Portland for the first time.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

The two sides met three times last year, with Portland winning twice and the sides playing out a 3-3 draw.

Team News

Portland have two injury worries coming into this one. Ben Zemanski is still out, while Dairon Asprilla is a doubt with an ankle sprain.

San Jose Earthquakes will be without Sanna Nyassi as the winger is suspended, while Innocent Emeghara and Steven Lenhart are both still injured. Chris Wondolowski is with the USMNT ahead of the Gold Cup and his absence could be critical.

Key Points

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

San Jose Earthquakes’ last five in MLS: D/L/D/W/W

Key Stat: San Jose have never won away at Portland. The Timbers have won three and drawn three of the six previous meetings.

Key Player: Matias Perez Garcia – The Quakes playmaker has been exceptional recently. He has one goal and three assists in his last two MLS games and will need to be at his best if San Jose are to have any chance of winning here.Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Portland Timbers 3-1 San Jose Earthquakes – The Timbers look very strong at the moment, particularly at home, and should be too good for the Quakes this weekend. Chris Wondolowski’s absence will hurt San Jose. Home win.

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