Major League Soccer: Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy
Providence Park – Sunday, August 6 – 14:00 ET (19:00 BST)
Match Odds: Portland 1/2 – Draw 16/5 – LA Galaxy 9/2
Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy: Preview
Portland Timbers take on LA Galaxy on Sunday afternoon at Providence Park. The Western Conference sides are both on an inconsistent run of form. The game has been moved forward two hours due to the forecasted extreme heat.
The Timbers come into this one having drawn away at Houston. They have only lost one in their last six, but have picked up just seven points from 18 on offer.
Portland are sitting comfortably in the top six and still have a realistic chance of pushing to top the West. They are reliant on the form of Diego Valeri, who produced the goods once again last time out.
LA Galaxy have not had a good season by any stretch of the imagination. They are seven points outside of the top six but there is still time to close that gap.
They come into this game without a win in their last six. Galaxy are looking to avoid losing three away games on the bounce for the first time in four years.
LA have conceded 15 goals in those last six games. If results go against them this weekend they could find themselves bottom of the Western Conference.
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Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy: Team News
Gbenga Arokoyo, Liam Ridgewell, Marco Farfan and Chance Myers are all out for Portland, while Amobi Okugo and Dairon Asprilla are both doubts.
LA Galaxy have four absentees through injury: Dave Romney, Baggio Husidic, Sebastian Lletget, and Robbie Rogers. They will also be without Jelle Van Damme and Bradley Diallo who are suspended.
Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy: Key Points
Portland Timbers’ last five: D/D/L/W/D
LA Galaxy’s last five: L/L/L/L/D
Key Stat: Winless run – LA Galaxy are now winless in their last six outings.
Key Player: Diego Valeri – Portland’s provider. He has netted an impressive 11 goals and picked up six assists so far in 2017. He has directly contributed to 17 of Portland’s 39 regular season goals.
Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy: Prediction
Portland Timbers 2-1 LA Galaxy – Given the current form of LA Galaxy ahead of this game a defeat at the hands of Portland looks likely. However, the heat and conditions are going to play a big part in this one. The pace of the game could well be slower than usual and both sets of players will be wary of conditions.