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MLS Preview and Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers

San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers Preview and Prediction

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

Venue: Avaya Stadium – Sunday, August 2 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)

Match Odds: San Jose Earthquakes 7/5 – Draw 5/2 – Portland Timbers 7/4

Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes host Western Conference rivals Portland Timbers on Sunday night as they will be hoping to end a run of four losses on the bounce in MLS.

Having been without star man Chris Wondolowski for the duration of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, San Jose have struggled to cope and need to pick back up quickly to keep playoff hopes alive.

With them now seven points off the playoffs, its a longshot, but in a league where anything can happen, San Jose are still in with a shot.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

San Jose Earthquakes’ 2015 record in MLS: P20 – W7 – D4 – L9

Portland come into the tie with no win in three and have stepped off the gas in recent weeks after an impressive run of form that propelled them into the playoff spots.

After a 1-0 win the reverse fixture last month, Portland will be looking for a repeat of that result to solidify their playoff position as the regular season end draws ever closer.

Portland Timbers’ 2015 record in MLS: P22 – W9 – D5 – L8

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

Team News

San Jose Earthquakes are without Innocent Emeghara, Steven Lenhart and Mike Fucito through injury. Clarence Goodson is a doubt with a leg injury. Chris Wondolowski returns after Gold Cup duty with the USMNT.

Portland Timbers will be missing Ben Zemanski who is still out with a serious knee injury. Fanendo Adi could return to the starting lineup after being benched in the 4-1 loss to Dallas.

Key Points

San Jose Earthquakes’ last five: W/L/L/L/L

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

Key Stat: Portland have won the last three meetings in MLS between the two sides.

Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – ‘Wondo’ is back and extremely influential to the Earthquakes. Especially considering he has a total of nine goals so far this term.

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Score Prediction

San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Portland Timbers – Both sides are without a win in three and we expect a tight game which neither will want to lose. Score draw seems most likely.

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About Jamie Ives (317 Articles)

MLS expert and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own

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