Competitions: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo
Venue: Providence Park – Friday, August 21 – 23:00 ET (Saturday, August 22 – 04:30 BST)
Match Odds: Portland Timbers 4/6 – Draw 11/4 – Houston Dynamo 4/1
Caleb Porter‘s side come into this one off the back of two consecutive wins, their last, a 1-0 away victory over Real Salt Lake.
The Timbers are sitting fourth in the Western Conference, four points behind leaders LA Galaxy, but Porter’s side have a game in hand and know they cannot afford to drop unnecessary points.
Timbers look to be back on track with their last two wins coming off the back of a four game winless run.Embed from Getty Images
Houston Dynamo have been in inconsistent form and as a result sit outside the playoff places in eighth.
Owen Coyle‘s side come into the game after last weekends 2-0 defeat away at New England Revolution.
They sit four points outside the playoff places, so have more than a reasonable chance of pushing themselves up the table, but they need to find a run of form.
Dynamo have four wins in their last ten Regular Season games including that impressive 3-0 victory over LA Galaxy, if they can perform like they did in that one, they have a great chance here.
Portland have just the one injury concern coming into this one with Ben Zemanski still out. Both Liam Ridgewell and Alvas Powell are one caution away from suspension, so will need to be cautious not to pick up any silly bookings.
Houston Dynamo could be without three players. Jermaine Taylor looks set to miss out while there are doubts about Ricardo Clark and Rob Lovejoy. Kofi Sarkodie, Raul Rodriguez and Sheanon Williams are all one booking away from suspension.
Portland Timbers’ last five in MLS: D/L/D/W/W
Houston Dynamo’s last five in MLS: L/W/D/W/L
Key Stat: Fortress – Portland Timbers have won six of their last seven home matches in MLS and kept six clean sheets in their last eight regular season ties at Providence Park.
Key Player: Fanendo Adi – The Timbers top scorer has netted ten times this season, with two in his last three games and will be looking to cause problems for Dynamo.
Portland Timbers 2-1 Houston Dynamo – Portland to continue their home form in a cagey affair.