PT vs HD Dream11 Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
The Major League Soccer returns this weekend after a two-week International hiatus with Portland Timbers playing host to Houston Dynamos in our highlighted MLS fixture on India Fantasy at Providence Park.
Season so far:
Last season’s MLS Cup beaten finalists, Portland Timbers are currently propping up the table in the Western Conference.
But it’s not the clear picture of this team’s potential or of the level they may be playing at so far this season. For Portland played the first 12 games on the road, due to the reconstruction of Providence Park.
A return of four wins and 14 points from 12 away games, betters the average of what this team managed in away matches in the whole of last season. That may not be a good indicator of where Portland may finish, but it’s a defining factor considering, they will be playing 16 of the remaining regular season fixtures at home.
Progression is Houston Dynamos’ main feature this season. They have taken huge strides already towards the playoffs, currently sitting fourth in the Western Conference.
Twenty-three points from 13 games, is more than half of what Dynamos earned in the 2018 regular season.
What’s more interesting is they have played three games fewer than the teams surrounding them. So there is a genuine possibility that Houston could move 2nd on the table if they win their games in hand.
This Major League Soccer match will be played between Portland Timbers and Houston Dynamo at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon. The ground has a capacity of 25,218 The game will start at 08:30 AM (IST), on Sunday, June 23.
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In India, DSport has the rights to broadcast five regular-season matches in a week, as well as select MLS Cup playoff games and MLS Cup.
Recent form (Last six matches) Portland Timbers – L D W L W W Houston Dynamo – D W L D W L
Portland Timbers Team News:
Bill Tuiloma continues to recover from a hamstring injury, but the head coach Giovanni Savarese failed to confirm whether the 24-year-old New Zealander will be available for selection or not.
Goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh has been listed as questionable due to a thigh injury, while defender Zarek Valentin is a doubt as well and will be assessed before the match.
Centre-back Jorge Villafana, who missed Portland‘s last two games with a minor injury, is expected to be fully fit for the match.
While goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic should be fine as well after working his way back to full fitness. The 25-year-old even played in a friendly game this week.
Portland will not be at their full strength, considering they will be without three more players for their next game.
Sebastian Blanco‘s yellow card in the last league game was his 5th of the season, he will be serving a one-game ban here.
Andy Polo is with his national team, representing Peru at the Copa America, while Andres Flores is occupied with El Salvador in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.