San Jose Earthquakes are in action against Portland Timbers in Sunday’s MLS meeting.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the San Jose Earthquakes v Portland Timbers match are shown here - plus the latest betting odds.
San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose Earthquakes will play in this game following a 1-1 MLS drawn game versus Portland Timbers.
In that game, San Jose Earthquakes had 64% possession and 19 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. The only player to score for San Jose Earthquakes was Qazaishvili (76'). On the other side, Portland Timbers got 6 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Chará (33') was the scorer for Portland Timbers.
Quakes have been conceding pretty frequently recently, although they have also done enough to hit the back of the net themselves. Over their last 6 matches, Quakes have conceded in 5 of them in addition to managing to get on the scoresheet in 5 of those games. That kind of trend won’t necessarily be continued into this next game, though.
Portland Timbers will come into the encounter following on from a 0-1 MLS win over San Jose Earthquakes in their most recent fixture.
In that game, Portland Timbers managed 36% possession and 6 shots at goal with 3 on target. The scorer for Portland Timbers was Chará (33'). San Jose Earthquakes had 19 shots at goal with 6 on target. Qazaishvili (76') was the scorer for San Jose Earthquakes.
Portland Timbers have been good when going forward leading up to this encounter, scoring 11 goals in their previous 6 matches. This doesn’t mask the fact that The Timbers have been somewhat leaky at the back, having also been scored against in 6 of those same clashes.
Head to head
A glance at their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 03/06/2017 shows us that San Jose Earthquakes have won 2 of these & Portland Timbers 4, with the number of drawn matches being 0.
A sum of 16 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 7 of them for Quakes and 9 being from The Timbers. That’s an average goals per game of 2.67.
The previous league meeting featuring these sides was MLS match day 41 on 06/10/2019 when it finished Portland Timbers 3-1 San Jose Earthquakes.
That time, Portland Timbers had 38% possession and 17 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. The goalscorers were Mabiala (29'), Asprilla (59') and Blanco (75').
At the other end, San Jose Earthquakes got 12 shots on goal with 4 on target. Wondolowski (39') scored.
The referee was Rubiel Vazquez.
Team News: San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose Earthquakes boss Matías Almeyda has no fitness concerns whatsoever coming into this game thanks to a fully injury-free group ready to go.
Team News: Portland Timbers
Owing to a fully injury-free squad ready to go, Portland Timbers manager Giovanni Savarese has no fitness concerns to speak of before this game.
We’re of the opinion that Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes won’t have much between them here, and goals could be hard to come by.
A scoreless draw looks like a real possibility, but we’ll see what happens. We’re therefore anticipating a very even match with a 0-0 draw by the conclusion of this game.
⚽️ Team Focus:
San Jose Earthquakes
Stadium: Earthquakes Stadium (18,000)
Captain: Chris Wondolowski
Chairman: John Fisher
Manager: Matías Almeyda
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Western Conference)