Competition: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. New York City FC
Venue: Providence Park – Sunday, May 15 – 19:30 ET (00:30 GMT)
Match Odds: Portland 8/11 – Draw 14/5 – New York City 7/2
Portland come into this tie off the back of their 2-1 away loss against Dallas, their second defeat on the bounce.
The Timbers sit 9th in the Western Conference, far from where they are expected to be and looking a shadow of the side who won the MLS Cup just five months ago.
Caleb Porter’s side have only lost one of their home games this season, winning three and drawing the other, so they will feel their best chance of pushing their way up the West will be near perfect form at Providence Park.
New York City FC are in a strong run of form coming into this tie, they are unbeaten in three, winning their last two.
Their 2-0 away win against Dallas last time out was New York City’s second win on the road this season from four. They have taken six points from a possible 12 on their travels.
Patrick Vieira’s side sit 4th in the Eastern Conference, trailing top spot by two points, if they can continue their solid run of form they could well be challenging to top the East come the end of the regular season.
New York City met Portland Timbers once in their inaugural season which ended in a 1-0 defeat. This is their first visit to Providence Park and they’ll be feeling confident of coming away with a favourable result.
Portland Timbers have three injury concerns heading into this tie. Andy Thoma, Alvas Powell and Adam Kwarasey are all expected to miss out.
New York City FC could be without up to five players this weekend. RJ Allen is out, while Frank Lampard, Connor Brandt and Jack Harrison are all doubts. Federico Bravo is suspended and Mikey Lopez is one caution away from suspension.
Portland Timbers’ last five: W/D/W/L/L
New York City’s last five: L/L/D/W/W
Key Stat: Portland Timbers have already lost five games this season compared to 11 in total for the whole of the 2015 regular season.
Key Player: David Villa – The NYCFC forward has netted seven goals in ten appearances so far this season and will be feeling confident heading into this one having scored three in his last two outings.
Portland Timbers 2-2 New York City – Portland have had some promising performances at home this season but are lacking a little confidence heading into this tie. New York City are in a good run of form but have been hit and miss on the road so far in 2016. A draw looks a likely result here which both sides would settle for giveN their form respectively ahead of the game.