Los Angeles Galaxy are still hoping to salvage something from this MLS campaign when they travel to Providence Park to take on Portland Timbers on Thursday at 02:00 am (UK Time).
After an excellent five-game winning streak between mid-September to mid-October, Portland Timbers have started to show signs of weakness. They are currently winless in three league games, including back-to-back 1-1 draws against Los Angeles FC and Seattle Sounders.
The Timbers do hold the second-best offensive record in the division with 39 goals in 19 games, but have only managed to score three goals in their last three matches. But at home, the Timbers have only lost three of their nine games in MLS so far this season and are currently on a three-game unbeaten streak.
On the contrary, LA Galaxy have been terrible this season and currently lie bottom of the Western Conference table with just 18 points after 18 games. LA Galaxy have lost seven of their last eight league outings, which includes a 2-0 away loss at their city rivals Los Angeles FC. Their sloppy defence has been the main reason for this terrible MLS campaign, as they hold the third-worst defensive record in the division with 36 goals conceded in 18 games.
Away from home, LA Galaxy are currently on a four-game winless streak and have scored just once in the process, although their most recent trip to Providence Park brought a narrow 3-2 victory.
Will Portland Timbers return to winning ways in MLS and close the gap at the top of the table? Or will LA Galaxy start to get some victories on board?
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Portland Timbers and LA Galaxy’s previous line-ups:
- Portland Timbers (vs Seattle Sounders): Clark; Farfan, Zuparic, Mabiala, Villafana; D Chara, Williamson; Flores, Valeri, Y Chara; Mora Aliaga.
- LA Galaxy (vs Los Angeles FC): Klinsmann; Feltscher*, Steres, G Gonzalez*, Insua; Kljestan, Dos Santos; Araujo, Lletget, Pavon; Y Gonzalez.
Portland Timbers remain without Dairon Asprilla, Sebastian Blanco, Blake Bodily and Julio Cascante. Andre Flores got on the scoresheet for the Timbers last weekend and we fancy him to lead the attacking line once again.
Giancarlo Gonzalez got a red card last weekend on the road at Los Angeles FC, so is suspended as is Perry Kitchen. In addition, Danilo Acosta is still out due to a knee injury.