The high-flying Portland Timbers host the Houston Dynamo in an important Group D clash in the MLS 2020 tournament this Sunday. The Timbers have started the season well and will be looking to build on the momentum that they have gathered ahead of the knockout stages.
With the MLS following a new format this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, every game takes on an added importance and the Timbers have made a bright start to the season.
Sebastian Blanco inspired Giovanni Savarese’s side to an inspirational 2-1 win over LA Galaxy during the week and will hope to replicate his heroics against the Houston Dynamo tomorrow.
The Texas-based outfit lost out on three points last week after a stunning second-half comeback from Los Angeles FC saw the fixture ending in an exhilarating 3-3 draw.
Houston Dynamo will have to play out of their skins to get past the group stages and need to pick up a victory against the Timbers to turn their season around.
Portland Timbers vs Houston Dynamo Head-to-Head
The Portland Timbers have played the Houston Dynamo 18 times in the past and the head-to-head record paints an intriguing picture. With six victories apiece and have six draws, neither side has held a discernible advantage over the past few years.
The Timbers took the bragging rights from their last fixture in 2019 with a 4-0 thrashing of the Houston Dynamo at the Providence Park. The Portland-based side finished in 6th place in 2019 and will hold all the cards against an out-of-form Houston Dynamo.
Portland Timbers form guide in the MLS: L-W-W
Houston Dynamo form guide in the MLS: D-L-D
Portland Timbers vs Houston Dynamo Team News
Sebastian Blanco and Marvin Loria had good games against the LA Galaxy and will start in attack for the Portland Timbers. The side’s first-choice centre-back Dario Zuparic picked up a late red card in the previous fixture and will be replaced by Bill Tuiloma.
Injured: Dairon Asprilla
Suspended: Dario Zuparic
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Published 18 Jul 2020, 15:04 IST