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Sunday’s MLS fixture list features Columbus Crew against Portland Timbers.
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Columbus Crew will be looking to improve on their last outing here after the 2-1 MLS defeat last time out to Inter Miami.
In that game, Columbus Crew had 57% possession and 12 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. The scorer for Columbus Crew was Juan Camilo Hernández (41'). For their opponents, Inter Miami got 11 shots at goal with 6 on target. Gonzalo Higuaín (25', 82') scored for Inter Miami.
Over their preceding six games, Caleb Porter's Columbus Crew have found the net a combined total of 8 times resulting in an average number of goals per match equal to 1.33.
Portland Timbers will go into this meeting following on from a 1-0 MLS win vs Minnesota United in their last game.
In that match, Portland Timbers had 53% possession and 11 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Portland Timbers was Dairon Asprilla (61'). On the other side, Minnesota United got 21 shots at goal with 5 of them on target.
In their previous half-dozen outings, Portland Timbers have bagged a total of 9 goals. Portland Timbers have also scored on each one of those occasions. Over that period, they have had 10 goals scored by their opponents.
Head to head
Checking on their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 26/09/2015 tells us that Columbus Crew have won 1 of them and Portland Timbers 5, with the tally of drawn results standing at 0.
There were also goals galore in those games, with 23 overall at an average of 3.83 goals per match.
The previous league meeting between these sides was MLS match day 9 on 20/04/2019 which ended up with the score at Columbus Crew 1-3 Portland Timbers.
On that day, Columbus Crew managed 57% possession and 16 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Pedro Santos (69').
For their opponents, Portland Timbers got 15 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. Larrys Mabiala (31'), Jeremy Ebobisse (35') and Jorge Moreira (91') scored.
The match was refereed by Chris Penso.
Team News: Columbus Crew
Availability isn’t a big problem, with just one fitness concern for the Columbus Crew gaffer Caleb Porter to be concerned with thanks to an otherwise robust set of players. Perry Kitchen (Foot Injury) will miss out.
Team News: Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers boss Giovanni Savarese has not got a full squad to pick from. Diego Gutiérrez (Foot surgery) and Felipe Mora (Knee Surgery) will not be playing here.
We believe that Columbus Crew have it within them to stay in control for long periods of time and should be able to convert a few of the chances that they create.
In contrast, Portland Timbers are also probably going to find it difficult to score a goal of their own but we do think that it’s more than likely that they will be converting at least once.
We’re tipping a comfortable 3-1 margin for Columbus Crew at the end of the 90 minutes.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Lower.com Field (20,371)
Captain: Jonathan Mensah
Chairman: Tim Bezbatchenko
Manager: Caleb Porter
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Eastern Conference)