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Thursday’s MLS action brings us San Jose Earthquakes playing against Portland Timbers.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for San Jose Earthquakes v Portland Timbers can be seen below - as well as the best betting odds.
San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose Earthquakes go into this game coming off the back of a 3-3 MLS drawn match versus Vancouver Whitecaps.
In that game, San Jose Earthquakes managed 61% possession and 15 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. For San Jose Earthquakes, goals were scored by Jamiro Monteiro (62') and Jeremy Ebobisse (73', 81'). At the other end, Vancouver Whitecaps had 15 attempts at goal with 7 on target. Lucas Cavallini (52'), Ryan Raposo (75') and Érik Godoy (91') scored for Vancouver Whitecaps.
Matches with San Jose Earthquakes have often been lively encounters of late with high scoring being a common characteristic. Over their past half dozen games alone, a grand total of 26 goals have been recorded for both teams combined (at an average of 4.33 goals per game) with 15 of them belonging to San Jose Earthquakes. We will have to find out whether or not that trend will be continued on here.
Portland Timbers will come into the match following on from a 7-2 MLS win in the defeat of Sporting Kansas City in their previous outing.
In that match, Portland Timbers managed 42% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 8 of them on target. For Portland Timbers, the scorers were Bill Tuiloma (12'), Sebastián Blanco (46', 52'), Nathan Fogaça (56', 69'), Marvin Loría (88') and Santiago Moreno (92'). On the other side, Sporting Kansas City had 11 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Johnny Russell (57') and Marinos Tzionis (75') scored for Sporting Kansas City.
For 5 of the previous six clashes involving Portland Timbers, a comparatively low number of goals have gone in between them and their opponents. The overall average goals scored per game in that period comes to a paltry 2.5, with the number of goals averaged by The Timbers being 1.33.
Head to head
An examination of their past head to head results stretching back to 17/09/2020 shows that these fixtures have been a source of anguish for San Jose Earthquakes. They’ve not managed to register any wins whatsoever while Portland Timbers have maintained the edge over them, running out winners in 67% of those ties.
A combined sum of 18 goals were produced between them in this period, with 3 of them for Quakes and 15 netted by The Timbers. That is an average goals per game value of 3.
The previous league game between these clubs was MLS match day 43 on 28/10/2021 which ended up with the score at Portland Timbers 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes.
On that occasion, Portland Timbers managed 41% possession and 23 shots at goal with 12 of them on target. The goals were scored by Diego Chará (34') and Dairon Asprilla (55').
On the other side, San Jose Earthquakes had 17 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Alex Chilowicz.
Team News: San Jose Earthquakes
Availability isn’t a big problem, with just the sole fitness concern for the San Jose Earthquakes boss Matías Almeyda to be concerned with due to a largely intact set of players. George Asomani (Hip Injury) won’t play.
It’s our opinion that Quakes will probably kick off with a 4-2-3-1 formation for this one, utilising JT Marcinkowski, Paul Marie, Nathan Cardoso, Francisco Calvo, Marcos López, Eric Remedi, Jackson Yueill, Cristian Espinoza, Jamiro Monteiro, Cade Cowell and Jeremy Ebobisse.
Team News: Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers manager Giovanni Savarese has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Diego Gutiérrez (Foot surgery) and Felipe Mora (Knee Surgery) will miss out on this game.
There’s a good chance that The Timbers appear most likely to make use of a 4-2-3-1 formation using Aljaz Ivacic, Pablo Bonilla, Dario Zuparic, Bill Tuiloma, Justin Rasmussen, Diego Chara, Eryk Williamson, Yimmy Chara, Cristhian Paredes, Marvin Loría and Nathan Fogaça.
Our assessment is that Portland Timbers have it in them to score against this San Jose Earthquakes side, however it might not prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
Our selection here is for both teams to score in a 2-1 win for San Jose Earthquakes when all is said and done. There shouldn’t be much in it, either way.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
San Jose Earthquakes
Stadium: PayPal Park (18,000)
Captain: Jackson Yueill
Chairman: John Fisher
Manager: Matías Almeyda
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Western Conference), Open Cup (Round of 16)