MX23RW : Wednesday, August 4 15:45:43| >> :120:26600:26600:
Jun 20, 2021 at 3.30am UK at Jeld-Wen Field
PortlandPortland Timbers
2-1
KansasSporting Kansas City
Asprilla (36'), Loria (45+1')
Zuparic (38'), Zambrano (87')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Lindsey (28')
Fontas (69'), Espinoza (74'), Sanchez (83')

Preview: Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Sporting Kansas City travel to Providence Park for a showdown with the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.

The Timbers fell 3-0 to the Philadelphia Union in their last match before the international break, while KC extended their unbeaten run to four games with a 1-1 draw versus Austin FC.


Match preview

Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese yells from the sideline on May 16, 2021© Reuters

It seemed like the Portland Timbers were turning the corner last month, shutting out two offensively talented squads in the San Jose Earthquakes (2-0) and the LA Galaxy (3-0) before they hit a wall in their last match, losing 3-0 to the Union.

The recipe for success for Giovanni Savarese and his team in the early stages of 2021 has been to score first, going 3-0 when they do, but going 0-4 when they concede first.

More often than not, however, they have found themselves chasing a match and trailing heading into the second half, as they have been outscored 6-2 in the first half of matches this season.

They may not have a winning record after seven games (three wins and four losses), but they are still a dangerous and well-balanced team with their nine goals coming courtesy of eight different players, which is tied for the most in MLS.

Portland are fifth in the league in terms of chances created with an average of 11.3 per game, while they are also fifth when it comes to big chances created, averaging 2.6 per game.

In their last four MLS encounters, Peter Vermes will have very little to complain about as his Sporting KC side have looked fantastic, winning three games, drawing one and scoring 10 goals in that span.

Last week, they looked solid despite the time off, but perhaps they were still a little rusty in front of goal, as they fired 32 shots but could only muster one goal in a draw against Austin.

While the Timbers struggle when they fall behind, the Wizards seem to thrive when trailing, winning four games this season from a losing position, the most among MLS clubs.

The KC style of play is built to score, so it should come as no surprise to see them leading the league in both goals (16) and big chances (27).

A victory this weekend would move them into a tie with Dallas and the New York Red Bulls for the second-most regular-season wins in MLS history, with the Wizards currently sitting at 327 all time.

Portland Timbers Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L

Portland Timbers form (all competitions):
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L

Sporting Kansas City Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D



Team News

Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes on June 12, 2021© Reuters

Portland are unlikely to have Andy Polo back anytime soon as he still has a torn muscle, while Diego Chara and Larrys Mabiala have hamstring injuries.

Goalkeeper Steve Clark and midfielder Cristhian Paredes could still be a couple of weeks away with thigh muscle strains.

Their top goalscorer Felipe Mora is representing Chile at the Copa America, while his teammate Yimmi Chara, the brother of Diego, is with the Colombian national team for that same competition.

Sporting KC are the only team in MLS with three players who have scored least three goals this season, as Alan Pulido leads the way with five, Daniel Salloi has four and Gadi Kinda is on the board with three.

Striker Khiry Shelton will hope to see the field this weekend, as he needs just one more appearance to reach 50 all-time in the regular season for the Wizards.

Johnny Russell has shown his versatility throughout his career at Sporting KC, becoming the eighth player in club history to record 25 goals and 25 assists in the regular season in his career, and he currently ranks second in this MLS campaign for big chances with six.

Portland Timbers possible starting lineup:
Sulte; Bravo, Zuparic, Tuiloma, Van Rankin; Williamson, Zambrano; Loria, Valeri, Ebobisse; Asprilla

Sporting Kansas City possible starting lineup:
Melia; Zusi, llie, Fontas, Martins; Espinoza, Busio, Walter; Russell, Pulido, Salloi


SM words green background

We say: Portland Timbers 1-2 Sporting Kansas City

Kansas City are starting to gel as a unit, creating plenty of scoring opportunities, plus they have the players who can finish off those chances, including Daniel Salloi, who has three goals and two assists in seven regular-season games against the Timbers (including the playoffs).

Goalkeeper Tim Melia enjoys playing at Providence Park, keeping four clean sheets in five appearances there.

Combine that with the fact that the Timbers are missing their top goalscorer in Felipe Mora, and it could a tough evening for Portland in attack.



Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data


ID:451784:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect10394:

How you voted: Portlvs vs Kansas

Portland Timbers
26.1%
Draw
21.7%
Sporting Kansas City
52.2%
23
Collect / Create New Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
The Emirates Stadium
Read Next:
Genoa beat Arsenal, Liverpool to Peru starlet
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Olympic medal table header
CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
ChinaChina32211669
United StatesUnited States25292276
JapanJapan2071239
AustraliaAustralia1541736
Great BritainGreat Britain14181547
Today's Olympic highlights header

Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

> Today's schedule in full
Todays Game Header Right
Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England17113333211236
2Orlando City168442621528
3Nashville SCNashville1669125151027
4New York City FCNY City1582530161426
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia176742117425
6Columbus Crew166641716124
7CF MontrealMontreal166462120122
8DC United166372118321
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls155372020018
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta162861621-514
11Toronto163582133-1214
12FC CincinnatiCincinnati153571729-1214
13Chicago Fire163491828-1013
14Inter MiamiInter Miami143381224-1212

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England17113333211236
2Orlando City168442621528
3Nashville SCNashville1669125151027
4New York City FCNY City1582530161426
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia176742117425
6Columbus Crew166641716124
7CF MontrealMontreal166462120122
8DC United166372118321
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls155372020018
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta162861621-514
11Toronto163582133-1214
12FC CincinnatiCincinnati153571729-1214
13Chicago Fire163491828-1013
14Inter MiamiInter Miami143381224-1212

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!