FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers | 2018 MLS Preview and Prediction

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.

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.

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

FC Dallas

🌎 International duty: Tesho Akindele (Canada).

❌ Suspensions: None.

âť“ Doubts: Jesse Gonzalez (knee).

🚑 Out: Kellyn Acosta (hernia), Brandon Servania (compartment syndrome), Jesus Ferreira (Core Muscle Repair surgery).

Portland Timbers

🌎 International duty: David Guzman (Costa Rica), Andy Polo (Peru).

❌ Suspensions: None.

❓ Doubts: Diego Chara (foot), Alvas Powell (foot).

đźš‘ 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.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers
Venue: Toyota Stadium – Saturday, April 29 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)
Match Odds: Dallas 7/10 – Draw 13/5 – Portland 15/4

Match Preview

FC Dallas host the high-flying Portland Timbers on Saturday night in a hotly anticipated battle between the Western Conference’s top two sides.

Dallas are two points behind Portland at the top of the standings coming into Week 9 but have played two games less than Saturday’s opponents.

Oscar Pareja will be pleased with his team’s unbeaten start to the 2017 season. They boast an 4-0-2 record after six games and look in a strong position to retain the Supporters’ Shield this season.

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Their 1-0 win over Sporting KC last week kept up their 100% home record this season and they will be looking to leapfrog Portland with another win in front of their own fans here.

The Timbers have been solid through their opening eight games but still look vulnerable at the back, with injuries doing little to help Caleb Porter pick a consistent backline.

Portland beat Cascadia Rivals Vancouver 2-1 last weekend but that was just their second win in five – a demonstration of how inconsistency could see them falter this term.

Fanendo Adi will return from suspension this weekend but Diego Valeri is ruled out and that will leave Timbers supporters seriously concerned as he has been their standout player by some distance this campaign.

These sides met three times last season, with Dallas completing a league treble over the Timbers. Portland’s last regular season win in Dallas came in 2014 but they’ve only won two of their 11 trips to Toyota Stadium.

Team News

Dallas remain without Mauro Diaz but the good news for FCD fans is that the playmaker has returned to training and won’t be far away from a return. Chris Seitz is expected to miss out again with a hamstring injury.

Portland will be without Diego Valeri after he was stretchered off in last weekend’s clash with Vancouver. Jake Gleeson is also ruled out along with Ben Zemanski and Gbenga Arokoyo.

Key Points

FC Dallas’ form: D/W/D/W/W

Portland Timbers’ form: L/D/W/L/W

Key Stat: Fortress – FC Dallas have won their last six home games in MLS and will be looking to keep their 100% home record going this season.

Key Player: Kellyn Acosta – The Dallas midfielder has been excellent so far this season, scoring as many goals in five games (2) as he did in 34 last term. He will look to break up play in midfield and prevent Portland from driving forward.

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Score Prediction

FC Dallas 2-0 Portland Timbers – It’s tough to see Portland winning at Dallas without Diego Valeri. His loss could prove pivotal as Dallas look to go top of the West on Saturday night. The home side look a real force at home and have only conceded one goal in three games in Frisco so far and they should keep their strong form going here.

MLS Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers 

Venue: Toyota Stadium – Wednesday, May 11 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)

Match Odds: FC Dallas 10/11 – Draw  13/5 – Portland Timbers 3/1

Match Preview

FC Dallas play host to MLS Cup holders Portland Timbers in the first of both sides’ two fixtures this week, with as many as eight teams having a double gameweek to deal with.

Dallas come into the game in a barren run of form, having lost three matches on the bounce. The loss of their captain Matt Hedges has been highlighted as one of the many issues currently affecting the Texan side but results need to start improving quickly, regardless.

Oscar Pareja’s side will want to avoid dropping any more points as they are still a side capable of winning the Supporters’ Shield. However, they are now three points adrift of Colorado, who have played a game less in the West. Another defeat on Wednesday could see that difference increase and Dallas will be desperate to bounce back in front of their own fans.

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Portland Timbers defied all odds to win the MLS Cup last term but their form this season is the polar opposite to their stellar postseason display of 2015.

It is without question that the Western Conference is far more competitive than the East but you would still expect Portland to challenge for a playoff place, despite sitting in ninth as it stands.

To highlight the differing levels of competitiveness, Portland’s 12 points would see them sit in fifth place if they played in the East.

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That being said, Portland have had injuries to key players throughout the season so far as Liam Ridgewell and Darlington Nagbe have both spent time on the sidelines. Portland have the tools to go far this season and potentially win MLS Cup again, so long as they can keep their key players consistently on the field.

This will be the second meeting between these two clubs this season. Dallas ran out 3-1 winners in Portland a month ago and are looking for a third-straight regular season win against their Western rivals.

Team News

FC Dallas are missing midfielder Alex Zendejas and Matt Hedges through injury. Zach Lloyd and Walker Zimmerman are expected to start in defence. Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez left Saturday’s game in Toronto with an injury after all three subs had been used, with Ryan Hollingshead finishing the match in goal. Chris Seitz will expect to start if Gonzalez remains out. Fabian Castillo will return to the starting lineup after coming off the bench on Saturday.

Portland Timbers are without defenders Andy Thoma and Alvas Powell through injury. Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey has torn a ligament in a finger so Jake Gleeson will take the gloves once again. Jack McInerney will be competing with Darren Mattocks for a start in attack.

Key Points

FC Dallas’ last five: W/W/L/L/L

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

Key Stat: FC Dallas are undefeated in their last 12 home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The winger has been quiet as of recently and with Dallas looking to end a run of three-straight losses, Castillo will need to be influential from the outset. He has the ability to change a game in a flash and Dallas need him to step up as they look to bounce back.

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Score Prediction

FC Dallas 1-1 Portland Timbers – FC Dallas are unbeaten at home this season and Portland are inconsistent, so logic would suggest Dallas will win. However, with three losses on the bounce, we expect this to be a tough test for Dallas and the points could well be shared come the end of Wednesday’s contest.

MLS Playoffs Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers

Competition: MLS Playoffs (Western Conference Final Second Leg): FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers 

Venue: Toyota Stadium – Sunday, November 29 – 17:00 EST (22:00 GMT)

Match Odds: FC Dallas 10/11 – Draw 13/5 – Portland Timbers 3/1

Match Preview

It’s crunch time in the MLS Cup Playoffs as FC Dallas have to overturn a two goal deficit against Portland Timbers from the first leg of the Western Conference Final after losing 3-1 at Providence Park last weekend.

FC Dallas will be confident of a win on the night as they have won last six home matches, and of course finished top of the Western Conference during the regular season.

However, they have been far too fragile defensively of late. Having conceded six in their last three matches in the playoffs, a clean sheet will be crucial.

FC Dallas’ 2015 MLS record: P37 – W19 – D6 – L12

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Portland are the in-form team of the last four remaining playoff teams, having won their last four away matches in MLS and look in really good shape.

As much as form is essential in the run up to any match, FC Dallas have the capability to score goals and defensively Portland will have to be good.

Portland Timbers’ 2015 record: P38 – W17 – D10 – L11

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They do go to Toyota Stadium with a two goal cushion, and so have a safety net to hang on to, but Dallas have the away goal and that could play into their hands late on.

Either way, this game will be entertaining and should prove to be another thrilling contest.

Team News

FC Dallas are without Rolando Escobar and Bakary Soumare through injury.

Portland Timbers are without Ben Zemanski through injury.

Key Points

FC Dallas’ last five: W/W/L/W/L

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

Key Stat: Portland Timber have won six of their last seven matches in Major League Soccer.

Key Player: Darlington Nagbe – The Portland attacking midfielder was the standout performer in the first leg and can turn any game in a flash with his ability.

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Score Prediction

FC Dallas 2-1 Portland Timbers – We’re expecting Portland to progress on the night, but Dallas should win the match. Once again, it is always tough to call MLS Playoff matches and both teams are capable of scoring freely so this should be a great contest.