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.
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:
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Portland Timbers Probable XI:
Clark (GK), Villafana, Dielna, Tuiloma, Moreira, Chara, Williamson, Ebobisse, Valeri, Blanco, Fernandez
Sporting Kansas City FC Team News:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Sporting Kansas City Probable XI:
Melia (GK), Martins, Besler, Smith, Zusi, Sanchez, Salloi, Espinoza, Feilhaber, Gerso, Hurtado
Likely to score:
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.
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.
To be updated!
SPKC vs PT Dream11 potential winner:
Portland Timbers are favorite to win the game.