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MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Portland Timbers

Two of the league's most attacking sides go head-to-head as NYCFC host Portland on Saturday

NYCFC vs Portland Timbers Preview and Prediction

Major League Soccer: New York City FC vs Portland Timbers

Yankee Stadium – Saturday, September 9 – 17:30 ET (22:30 BST)

Match Odds: New York City FC 4/5 – Draw 11/4 – Portland 3/1

New York City FC vs Portland Timbers: Preview

A huge clash takes place at Yankee Stadium on Saturday evening. New York City FC take on Portland Timbers, with both sides sitting second in their respective conference heading into the weekend.

New York City have won four of their last five games and are closing in on Eastern Conference leaders Toronto. They beat Sporting KC 1-0 on Wednesday night and are now six points off the Canadian side. But this is going to be a tough test for Patrick Vieira’s side.

City fear nobody at Yankee Stadium and have won six of their last seven at home. They’ll be feeling confident here as they face a Portland side have won just three games on the road in 2017. The short rest might affect NYCFC but they have enough quality to get the job done.

Portland have lost just one of their last seven games. They are just one point behind Western Conference leaders Seattle, although teams in behind have games in hand.

Caleb Porter will be hoping his side can take three points here but knows what a big ask that will be. Portland, like NYCFC, are missing some key players for this tie.

Goalscoring hasn’t been a problem for Portland. They have netted 48 goals this season, one less than New York City FC. However, the points tally difference says it all. NYCFC are nine points ahead of them in the Supporters’ Shield standings and look a stronger side.

New York City FC vs Portland Timbers: Team News

The home side have a squad riddled with injury. Ronald Matarrita, Miguel Camargo, Maxime Chanot, Ethan White, Mikey Lopez are out. Alex Ring is a doubt. New York City could still be without David Villa, who would be a huge miss. However, Vieira does have Sean Ugo Okoli, who he has heaped praise on this week.

Gbenga Arokoyo and Chance Myers are expected to miss out for Portland. While Liam Ridgewell, Fanendo Adi and Jake Gleeson are all doubts.

New York City FC vs Portland Timbers: Key Points

NYCFC’s last five: W/W/W/D/W

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

Key Stat: NYCFC have scored at least two goals in their last nine home games.

Key Player: David Villa – It may seem like Villa is picked as key player for every NYCFC game but it’s warranted. If he’s fit and playing then expect him to deliver. The Spaniard will be itching to net his 20th goal of the season this weekend. He missed Wednesday’s match as a result of his involvement with the Spanish national team but will be looking to come back with a bang, if fit to start on Saturday.

New York City FC vs Portland Timbers: David Villa will be a huge boost if he returns

New York City FC vs Portland Timbers: Prediction

New York City FC 2-1 Portland Timbers – A close affair with NYCFC taking all three points. Portland’s away form makes a New York City win look likely, however you cannot write them off. Expect goals.

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