Competition: MLS Playoffs (Western Conference Final Second Leg): FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers
Venue: Toyota Stadium – Sunday, November 29 – 17:00 EST (22:00 GMT)
Match Odds: FC Dallas 10/11 – Draw 13/5 – Portland Timbers 3/1
It’s crunch time in the MLS Cup Playoffs as FC Dallas have to overturn a two goal deficit against Portland Timbers from the first leg of the Western Conference Final after losing 3-1 at Providence Park last weekend.
FC Dallas will be confident of a win on the night as they have won last six home matches, and of course finished top of the Western Conference during the regular season.
However, they have been far too fragile defensively of late. Having conceded six in their last three matches in the playoffs, a clean sheet will be crucial.
FC Dallas’ 2015 MLS record: P37 – W19 – D6 – L12Embed from Getty Images
Portland are the in-form team of the last four remaining playoff teams, having won their last four away matches in MLS and look in really good shape.
As much as form is essential in the run up to any match, FC Dallas have the capability to score goals and defensively Portland will have to be good.
Portland Timbers’ 2015 record: P38 – W17 – D10 – L11Embed from Getty Images
They do go to Toyota Stadium with a two goal cushion, and so have a safety net to hang on to, but Dallas have the away goal and that could play into their hands late on.
Either way, this game will be entertaining and should prove to be another thrilling contest.
FC Dallas are without Rolando Escobar and Bakary Soumare through injury.
Portland Timbers are without Ben Zemanski through injury.
FC Dallas’ last five: W/W/L/W/L
Portland Timbers’ last five: W/W/D/W/W
Key Stat: Portland Timber have won six of their last seven matches in Major League Soccer.
Key Player: Darlington Nagbe – The Portland attacking midfielder was the standout performer in the first leg and can turn any game in a flash with his ability.Embed from Getty Images
FC Dallas 2-1 Portland Timbers – We’re expecting Portland to progress on the night, but Dallas should win the match. Once again, it is always tough to call MLS Playoff matches and both teams are capable of scoring freely so this should be a great contest.