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Portland Timbers face off with Colorado Rapids in Sunday’s big MLS fixture.
View all of the Portland Timbers v Colorado Rapids predictions, poll and stats below - plus the latest betting odds.
Portland Timbers enter this fixture after a 1-1 MLS drawn result against Los Angeles Galaxy.
In that match, Portland Timbers had 46% possession and 12 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. The scorer for Portland Timbers was Yimmi Chará (38'). On the other side, Los Angeles Galaxy had 11 shots on goal with 5 on target. Dejan Joveljić (88') scored for Los Angeles Galaxy.
It’s been all too rare in recent times that Portland Timbers have kept a clean sheet. It will be a concern for them that Portland Timbers have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, letting in 12 goals during that time. Let’s see whether or not that trend can be sustained here.
Previously, Colorado Rapids drew 1-1 in the MLS match with New York City FC.
In that game, Colorado Rapids managed 34% possession and 6 shots on goal with 1 on target. The only player to score for Colorado Rapids was Michael Barrios (68'). At the other end, New York City FC had 14 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Talles Magno (72') scored for New York City FC.
Over the course of their previous 6 outings, Colorado Rapids have bagged the sum of 7 goals. Colorado Rapids have also not failed to score on each one of those occasions. During that period, their defenders have seen 8 goals go against them.
Head to head
Checking on their past head to head meetings dating back to 14/07/2019 shows us that Portland Timbers have won 1 of them and Colorado Rapids 3, with the number of drawn results being 2.
A combined total of 14 goals were produced between them in this period, with 5 from The Timbers and 9 netted by Rapids. That is an average goals per game value of 2.33.
The previous league game featuring the two was MLS match day 13 on 01/05/2022 when it ended Colorado Rapids 2-0 Portland Timbers.
That time, Colorado Rapids had 52% possession and 17 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. Goals were scored by Diego Rubio (30') and Mark-Anthony Kaye (95').
Portland Timbers had 11 attempts on goal with 3 on target.
The match was refereed by Armando Villareal.
Team News: Portland Timbers
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just one fitness concern for the Portland Timbers gaffer Giovanni Savarese to be concerned about from an otherwise complete squad. Diego Gutiérrez (Foot surgery) is out of contention.
In our view, The Timbers could use the 4-2-3-1 system, beginning the first half with Aljaz Ivacic, Jose Van Rankin, Bill Poni Tuiloma, Dario Zuparic, Claudio Bravo, Diego Chara, Cristhian Paredes, Santiago Moreno, Sebastian Blanco, Yimmi Chara and Jaroslaw Niezgoda.
Team News: Colorado Rapids
Colorado Rapids boss Robin Fraser has a number of players out of action. Jack Price (Calf Injury), Oliver Larraz (Tibia Fracture), Aboubacar Keita (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Braian Galván (Cruciate Ligament Surgery) miss out here.
We believe Colorado Rapids will likely utilise a 3-4-2-1 formation with a starting lineup of William Yarbrough, Auston Trusty, Danny Wilson, Keegan Rosenberry, Steven Beitashour, Collen Warner, Michael Barrios, Jonathan Lewis, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Diego Rubio and Gyasi Zardes.
We’ve got the feeling that Colorado Rapids will have to perform well to score goals against this Portland Timbers outfit who we reckon should score one, at least.
We’re therefore predicting a good battle with a 1-0 winning margin for Portland Timbers at the end of this game.
Let’s see how it plays out.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Providence Park (25,218)
Captain: Diego Chará
Chairman: Merritt Paulson
Manager: Giovanni Savarese
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Western Conference)