The top two teams in the MLS Western Conference will meet on Friday at 03:30am (UK time), as Seattle Sounders welcome Portland Timbers to the CenturyLink Field.
Seattle Sounders sit at the top of the MLS Western Conference table tied on 31 points with Friday’s opponents, Portland Timbers. However, the Sounders have a game in hand and this is a great chance to create a gap between themselves and the Timbers. Seattle Sounders have won five of their last eight league games, but they have struggled recently following a 3-1 away loss at Los Angeles FC and a goalless draw at San Jose Earthquakes. The good news is that the Sounders have been dominant at the CenturyLink Field, where they have won their last four games in emphatic manner. They have scored 15 goals and conceded just three in their last four home games in the MLS.
Portland Timbers were on a five-game winning streak in the MLS prior to their narrow 2-1 loss on the road at Real Salt Lake and a 1-1 home draw against Los Angeles FC. That defeat at Real Salt Lake has also ended a four-game unbeaten run away from home in which the Portland Timbers managed to score 13 goals. Actually, Portland Timbers managed to score at least once in each of their last 10 away fixtures in the MLS. Portland Timbers should feel confident ahead of this trip to the CenturyLink Field, as they have won each in each of their last three visits with the 1-2 scoreline.
Will Seattle Sounders make five wins in a row at CenturyLink Field? Or will Portland Timbers move to the 1st place in the MLS Western Conference?
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Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers’s previous line-ups:
- Seattle Sounders (vs San Jose Earthquakes): Frei, Tolo, O’Neill, Gomez, Roldan, Paulo, Delem, Morris, Lodeiro, Roldan, Bruin.
- Portland Timbers (vs Los Angeles FC): Clark, Duvall, Mabiala, Zuparic, Villafana, Chara, Williamson, Ebobisse, Valeri, Chara, Mora Aliaga.
Seattle Sounders can’t count on Raul Ruidiaz, Gustav Svensson and Xavier Arreaga as the trio have been ruled out after returning from international duty. In addition, Joevin Jones, Danny Leyva and Trey Muse are still on the sidelines through injury.
Meanwhile, Dairon Asprilla, Blake Bodily, Sebastian Blanco, Andres Flores and Julio Cascante will all miss this game for Portland Timbers, as they are unavailable for the foreseeable future through injury.