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Sunday’s MLS schedule brings us Portland Timbers battling it out with San Jose Earthquakes.
All Portland Timbers v San Jose Earthquakes match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below - as well as the best betting odds.
Portland Timbers enter this match following a 1-1 MLS draw vs Vancouver Whitecaps.
In that match, Portland Timbers managed 65% possession and 17 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Portland Timbers was Felipe Mora (82'). Vancouver Whitecaps got 14 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. Brian White (32') scored for Vancouver Whitecaps.
Portland Timbers have been on a persistent run of goalscoring form, finding the back of the net in each and every one of their last 6 games.
They’ve managed to rack up 12 during that period while seeing the number of goals scored against them stand at 5. Even so, time will tell whether such a trend might be maintained in this next match or not.
San Jose Earthquakes
Following on from being beaten in their last game against Houston Dynamo in MLS action, San Jose Earthquakes will be aiming to make amends here.
In that match, San Jose Earthquakes had 51% possession and 16 attempts on goal with 6 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for San Jose Earthquakes was Jackson Yueill (53'). For their opponents, Houston Dynamo got 13 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Sebastián Ferreira (71') and Þorleifur Úlfarsson (76') scored for Houston Dynamo.
The stats don’t lie, and San Jose Earthquakes have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing opposing sides hit 9 goals overall. In defence, San Jose Earthquakes have some weaknesses to address.
Head to head
Inspecting their prior head to head meetings stretching back to 20/09/2020 shows us that Portland Timbers have won 4 of these & San Jose Earthquakes 1, with the tally of draws being 1.
A sum of 21 goals were scored between them in this period, with 16 of them for The Timbers and 5 netted by Quakes. The average goals per game has been 3.5.
The previous league fixture between these clubs was MLS match day 17 on 19/05/2022 when the final score was San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 Portland Timbers.
That day, San Jose Earthquakes managed 61% possession and 17 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Goals were scored by Jackson Yueill (31') and Jamiro Monteiro (44', 80').
At the other end, Portland Timbers had 9 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Cristhian Paredes (18') and Bill Tuiloma (56') scored.
The match was refereed by Lukasz Szpala.
Team News: Portland Timbers
Looking at personnel, there is just one fitness concern for the Portland Timbers boss Giovanni Savarese to contend with from a near full-strength group. Diego Gutiérrez (Foot surgery) is out of contention.
It’s our opinion that The Timbers could make use of the 4-2-3-1 system for the game with Aljaz Ivacic, Jose Van Rankin, Larrys Mabiala, Dario Zuparic, Claudio Bravo, Marvin Loria, Diego Chara, Dairon Asprilla, Eryk Williamson, Yimmi Chara and Jaroslaw Niezgoda.
Team News: San Jose Earthquakes
Thanks to a mainly full-strength group of players, there is only a single fitness worry for the San Jose Earthquakes manager Alex Covelo to be concerned with. George Asomani (Hip Injury) won’t be playing here.
It’s our belief that Quakes will likely make use of a 4-3-3 formation, settling for James Marcinkowski, Tommy Thompson, Nathan, Tanner Beason, Marcos Lopez, Jackson Yueill, Eric Daian Remedi, Jamiro Monteiro, Cristian Espinoza, Jeremy Ebobisse and Benjamin Kikanovic.
It certainly seems that San Jose Earthquakes will have a difficult task to break down a Portland Timbers team who look set to boss most aspects of this game if it turns out as we expect.
We’re therefore predicting a convincing 3-0 margin for Portland Timbers by the conclusion of the match.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Providence Park (25,218)
Captain: Diego Chará
Chairman: Merritt Paulson
Manager: Giovanni Savarese
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Western Conference)