SPKC vs PT Dream11 Prediction | Major League Soccer | Portland Timbers vs Sporting Kansas City, Fantasy Team News

Updated on: Sep 7, 2019 12:09 pm IST

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    SPKC vs PT Dream11 Match Preview, Team News, Lineups


    Portland Timbers can move into the top-seven when they host Sporting Kansas City in a crunch Major League Soccer match at Providence Park.

    Timbers snapped their two-game losing run with a close 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake last weekend.

    A timely win for Giovanni Savarese’s men indeed as the regular season slowly heads towards its culmination. Any point difference, of any degree, at this stage, could be a psychological barrier as the teams run out of games.

    Portland, though, have a game advantage over their rivals, two over FC Dallas in 6th and one over Real Salt Lake City who are 5th. So a win could see Portland making a huge leap on the table.

    Sporting Kansas City, meanwhile, are hard-pressed for a win, more than their hosts.

    However, there was never more chance of them winning an away game than it is now as they head into this game on the back of 3 straight wins.

    However, the bad start to the season, and the inconsistency, all means, they are in danger of missing the post-season. In fact, a loss here will leave them five points behind the race for the playoffs.

    Match Details:

    The Major League Soccer match will be played between Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City at Providence Park, in Portland, Oregon. The ground has a capacity of 25,218.
    The game will start at 08:00 AM (IST), on Sunday, September, 08.

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    Recent form (Last six matches)
    Portland Timbers –
    L L W W L W
    Sporting Kansas City – W L L W W W

    Portland Timbers Team News:

    • Portland are carrying a huge injury list at the moment, and add the players leaving for the international duty, head coach Giovanni Savarese is left with a trimmed squad to work with.
    • The players missing out due to injuries are goalkeepers Kendall McIntosh (right foot injury) and Jeff Attinella (right shoulder injury), and three defenders in the form of Modou Jadama (left foot injury), Larrys Mabiala (left thigh injury) and Julio Cascante (left thigh injury).
    • In addition, midfielder Marco Farfan (left knee injury) and defender Zarek Valentin (left upper leg injury) are both listed as doubtful. The duo will be monitored ahead of this game.
    • Furthermore, midfielder Renzo Zambrano came off the bench in the last game and received a straight red card. Thus, he will be serving a ban here.

    Possible INs and OUTs of this game:

    • Considering the trio of Andres Flores, Cristhian Paredes and Renzo Zambrano are away on the international duty, head coach Giovanni Savarese is bound to make some changes to his playing 11 from the last game.
    • Eryk Williamson could get a start in the midfield due to the unavailability of Flores.

    Portland Timbers Probable XI:

    Clark (GK), Villafana, Dielna, Tuiloma, Moreira, Chara, Williamson, Ebobisse, Valeri, Blanco, Fernandez

    Sporting Kansas City FC Team News:

    • Injuries are a bit easy on Sporting Kansas City, as compared to Portland. Though, six first-team players are away on duty.
    • Rodney Wallace (hip injury) and goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas (back injury) are both out due to their respective injuries.

    Possible ins or outs of this game:

    • While Felipe Gutierrez, Botond Barath, Krisztian Nemeth, Nicolas Hasler, Johnny Russell, and Gianluca Busio are unavailable as well.
    • Ilie Sánchez is expected to replace Gutierrez in the midfield, while Gerso Fernandes will most probably be used as a replacement for Russell.

    Sporting Kansas City Probable XI:

    Melia (GK), Martins, Besler, Smith, Zusi, Sanchez, Salloi, Espinoza, Feilhaber, Gerso, Hurtado

    Likely to score:

    • For Portland Timbers: Brien Fernandez, Diego Valeri
    • For Sporting Kansas City: Erik Hurtado, Ilie Sánchez

    Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

    Brian Fernandez: Not a typical striker, for his uncanniness, makes him difficult to mark. And add his goal-scoring streak this season, any defender will opt against facing him.

    This season:

    • Games: 15
    • Games started: 13
    • Goals: 10
    • Assists: 01
    • Shots: 59
    • Shots on Target: 26

    Diego Valeri: You can use all the superlatives (in footballing terms) you like for him, and it won’t feel exaggerated. The 33-year-old is a player of the class of his own, perhaps the best the MLS has ever seen.

    This season:

    • Games: 26
    • Games started: 25
    • Goals: 08
    • Assists: 15
    • Shots: 71
    • Shots on Target: 29

    Suggested combination:

    To be updated!

    SPKC vs PT Dream11 potential winner:
    Portland Timbers are favorite to win the game.

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