MLS Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs New York Red Bulls

Competitions: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls 

Venue: Providence Park – Sunday, September 20 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)

Match Odds: Portland Timbers 13/10 – Draw 5/2 – New York Red Bulls 19/10

Match Preview

Portland Timbers entertain New York Red Bulls on Sunday with both side in playoffs places in their respective conferences.

The Timbers are sitting 6th in the Western Conference on 41 points. They come into the game off the back of a 0-0 draw at home against Sporting Kansas City. They now haven’t won in their last three.

Caleb Porter will have his players aware that they cannot afford to drop points at this late stage of the regular season, with no side in the Western Conference mathematically unable to make the playoffs. Just seven points separate Portland from bottom side Colorado Rapids.

Portland won 2-1 in the last meeting between the sides back in 2014. The last two ties between these two at Providence Park have ended 3-3.

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New York Red Bulls missed an opportunity to open up a three point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference in midweek as they lost 2-1 to New England Revolution.

They are still in a strong position to top the Eastern Conference as they have two games in-hand, but cannot afford anymore slip-ups.

NYRB haven’t won an away game in their last three attempts and will be aware that this will be no easy task.

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Team News

Portland have just the one injury concern coming into this one with Ben Zemanski out. Alvas Powell is one booking away from suspension.

New York Red Bulls will be without Chris Duvall and Roy Miller, both ruled out through injury. Connor Lade and Dax McCarty are both suspended due to yellow card accumulation. Felipe Martins and Matt Miazga are one booking away from suspension.

Key Points

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

New York Red Bulls’ last five in MLS: W/L/W/W/L

Key Stat: Portland are unbeaten in their last then home games.

Key Player: Lloyd Sam – The Red Bulls winger has netted seven times this season, created 32 chances for teammates and has registered four assists. He can be a real handful for opposition defenders to deal with with his pace and direct approach.

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Score Prediction

Portland Timbers New 2-2 York Red Bulls – Another stalemate between these sides at Providence Park in a game with plenty of action.


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