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MLS Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs Sporting Kansas City

Portland hoping to stay atop the West beyond the visit of unbeaten SKC this weekend

Portland Timbers vs Sporting KC Preview and Prediction
Competition: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City 
Venue: Providence Park – Saturday, April 15 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)
Match Odds: Portland Timbers 5/6 – Draw 12/5 – Sporting Kansas City 3/1

Match Preview

Portland Timbers play host to Sporting Kansas City this weekend, with both sides looking to keep strong starts to the season going. Portland come into Week 7 at the top of the Western Conference and Sporting Kansas City are yet to be beaten this term.

Portland have been arguably the most impressive team in the league so far, scoring sixteen goals in their six games to date and picking up four wins.

The Timbers are undefeated in their past eight games at Providence Park and will expect to keep that run going beyond this weekend. The Timbers have a strong chance of success this season and although it’s early to speculate, they could be set to repeat their MLS Cup win from 2015 come the end of the year.

Sporting Kansas City, as mentioned before, are unbeaten this season and despite three of their five games being draws, their defensive performance has been extremely impressive, having only conceded twice so far.

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However, SKC have only won one of their last eighteen away matches in the league. A scary stat for a Sporting Kansas City fan ahead of a trip to one of the league’s most difficult stadiums.

These two sides met twice last year, with each team winning on home soil. The Timbers have only won one of their last four home games against SKC in regular season play.

Team News

Portland Timbers are still without Ben Zemanski, who is ruled out with an adductor injury, while Gbenga Arokoyo is out for the season with an achilles tear. Liam Ridgewell and Dairon Asprilla are both listed as questionable.

Sporting Kansas City will be without Diego Rubio, who is suffering from a torn ACL. Benny Feilhaber is nearing a return but is questionable with a thigh strain.

Key Points

Portland Timbers’ form: W/W/L/D/W

Sporting Kansas City’s form: D/D/W/D/W

Key Stat: Portland are undefeated in their last eight home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Fanendo Adi – Nigerian frontman Adi has been on fire so far this season with five goals to his name already. Do not be surprised to see him add to that total this weekend.

Score Prediction

Portland Timbers 2-1 Sporting Kansas City – Portland at the minute look like the best team in the league and are scoring at will. Sporting Kansas City have also been impressive but we see Portland being too strong at home for SKC this weekend as they look poised to remain top of the West.

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

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