Portland Timbers can shoot up to 4th in the Western Conference when they host Seattle Sounders in the regular season of Major League Soccer at Providence Park.
At the moment, Timbers are clearly one of the most in-form teams in the MLS. One of the clear and big factors is the number of games they are playing at home these days due to the re-schedule of their fixtures earlier in the season because of re-construction of Providence Park.
The fact that Portland will be playing 8 times in the remaining 9 league games at home, should see them qualifying for the post-season.
For Seattle Sounders, the danger of getting caught up by the rivals looms large. Their current 5th position on the table demands a re-look from the fans, as only 3 points separate them from FC Dallas in 8th place.
With more than half a dozen rounds still to go in the regular season, there are enough games to make or break the season.
The Major League Soccer match will be played between Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders at Providence Park, in Portland, Oregon. The ground has a capacity of 25,218.
The game will start at 07:30 AM (IST), on Saturday, August 24.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Portland Timbers – W L L W W L
Seattle Sounders – L W L D L D
Portland Timbers Team News:
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Portland Timbers Probable XI:
Clark (GK), Villafana, Cascante, Tuiloma, Valentin, Zambrano / Paredes, Chara, Ebobisse, Valeri, Blanco, Fernandez
Seattle Sounders FC Team News:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Seattle Sounders Probable XI:
Frei (GK), Tolo, Arreaga, Kee-Hee, Leerdam, Svensson, Cristian Roldan, Morris, Lodeiro, Shipp, Ruidiaz
Potential Game Changers, and total Dream11 points earned in the tournament:
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Diego Valeri: One of the most technically gifted player ever to grace this league. A living MLS legend, and a perfect role model for the young and aspiring football players.
His skills on the ball, and more importantly the passing range, which is perhaps the best amongst all the MLS players.
Jeremy Ebobisse: His phenomenal rise at the backend of last season saw him nailing down a regular spot in Portland's starting 11. Still only 22, the young forward has scored some crucial goals for Portland this season.
Brain Fernandez: A striker of his own traits. He brings a totally different dimension to this team due to his uncanny playing style. He loves to drop back into the midfield, sometimes onto the right-wing. His versatility is the main reason why he is so hard to mark.
From Seattle Sounders, the likes of Raul Ruidiaz, Jordan Morris and Harry Shipp can't be dropped.
SS vs PT Dream11 potential winner:
Portland Timbers are favorite to win the match.