MLS Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers 

Venue: Toyota Stadium –Saturday, July 25 – 21:00 ET (Sunday, July 26 – 02:00 BST) 

Match Odds: FC Dallas 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Portland Timbers 5/2

Match Preview

Western Conference leaders FC Dallas entertain sixth placed Portland Timbers in the second meeting of the season between the sides.

Oscar Pareja will be delighted with last weekends performance against DC United, which saw his side dramatically take all three points in a 2-1 win.

Dallas have now won their last four regular season games on the bounce and there looks to be no stopping them.

They are unbeaten in their last five regular season outings, which will give them great confidence heading into this tie.

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Despite being five places below Dallas, Portland Timbers are just three points behind the leaders, showing just how competitive the Western Conference is.

They come into this one off the back of their 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps last weekend and Caleb Porter will know his side need to keep taking points off the sides around them to remain part of the pack chasing top spot.

Worryingly for the Timbers they have only won once in their last five games on the road and this will be a real test for them.

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Team News

FC Dallas are fortunate enough to still have a fully fit squad. Atiba Harris is one booking away from a suspension.

Portland Timbers have just the one injury concern with Ben Zemanski still out. Will Johnson is suspended while Alvas Powell, Liam Ridgewell and Diego Chara are all treading on thin ice, just one booking away from a suspension.

Key Points

FC Dallas’ last five: D/W/W/W/W

Portland Timbers’ last five: L/W/W/L/D

Key Stat: Ruthless – FC Dallas have scored two or more goals in their last four outings, all of which have been wins.

Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The forward continued his great run of form by scoring the winner in Dallas’ win last weekend.

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Score Prediction

FC Dallas 2-1 Portland Timbers – Timbers to struggle against a very strong in-form Dallas side who will come out on top.


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