Major League Soccer: FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers
Toyota Stadium – Saturday, March 24 2018 – 15:30 ET (19:30 GMT)
UK TV Coverage: Live on Sky Sports Football
FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers: Preview
FC Dallas welcome Portland Timbers to Toyota Stadium as one of just five Week 4 MLS fixtures as a result of the international break. The Timbers are looking for their first points of the season after losing their opening two fixtures.
FC Dallas had to wait a long time to play their second game of the season but made the rest count as they saw off Seattle Sounders 3-0 last Sunday. Dallas opened the season with a 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake before having a bye week in Week 2.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) March 22, 2018
Saturday’s clash with Portland will be the third of four-straight home games to open the season. They have picked up four points so far and will be expecting to beat the Timbers here.
Portland haven’t made the start they were expecting. New head coach Giovanni Savarese has started life in MLS with back-to-back losses. However, both have come on the road and this will be their third of five consecutive away games to begin 2018.
The Timbers have had two weeks to reflect on their worrying 4-0 loss at the Red Bulls last time out. They will hope to be stronger at the back and will need to try and create more chances if they are to leave Texas with anything on Saturday.
"Everybody has taken responsibility – all of us, me first – for what happened in New York."
— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) March 21, 2018
This will be the 19th regular season meeting between the Western Conference sides. Dallas hold a narrow advantage based on previous fixtures, having won seven compared to Portland’s six. There have been five draws, including their only meeting at Toyota Stadium last season. Portland won 2-0 at Providence Park in the most recent clash last June.
FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers: Team News
🌎 International duty: Tesho Akindele (Canada).
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: Jesse Gonzalez (knee).
🚑 Out: Kellyn Acosta (hernia), Brandon Servania (compartment syndrome), Jesus Ferreira (Core Muscle Repair surgery).
🌎 International duty: David Guzman (Costa Rica), Andy Polo (Peru).
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: Diego Chara (foot), Alvas Powell (foot).
🚑 Out: Vytas (thigh), Jeff Attinella (thigh), Roy Miller (Achilles).
FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers: Key Stats
FC Dallas’ MLS form: D/W
Portland Timbers’ MLS form: L/L
Key stat: FC Dallas are unbeaten in eight home games in MLS (W3 D5).
FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers: Prediction
FC Dallas 3-1 Portland Timbers: Portland will hope to have made good use of their two-week break but the fact is they haven’t looked anywhere near good enough so far and Dallas are expected to be too strong. The hosts did well to tear a weakened Sounders side apart last weekend and could have scored more than three. If they can take their chances, expect them to run out comfortable winners for the second-straight weekend.