This week hosts a Northwest rivalry as Seattle Sounders look the get the better of Portland Timbers in the Cascadia Cup round. The match schedules for Monday at the Century Link Field with kickoff at 5:30 am.
The hosts are in high form with four wins and one draw in their last five matches. Their latest victory was a 2-1 win over Columbus Crew. In contrast, their opponents are winless in their previous three games.
The Seattle Sounders have shown no signs of slowing down and are currently on top in the Western Conference. This is a massive threat to all other MLS teams, with three points separating them from second-placed Sporting Kansas City.
Brian Schmetzer is a master tactician as several of his players have returned from injury, and he has put together brilliant game plans for each opponent.
Furthermore, Seattle Sounders currently look like the team to beat West and seem on track for a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup final.
On the other hand, Portland has been in the middle of a tight race for most of the season. This weekend they will have to pull off some wins if they want to get back into playoff contention before it’s too late.
Making roster moves and dealing with a slew of injuries has been difficult for the Timbers. They haven’t had their chemistry back on track, as shown by their recent performance in games.
Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers Head to Head
Both sides have 44 games against each other, with Seattle Sounders took 19 wins while Portland Timbers had 19 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Columbus Crew 1-2 Seattle Sounders
- FC Dallas 0-1 Seattle Sounders
- Portland 2-6 Seattle
- Seattle 3-0 Tigres UANL
- Seattle 1-1 FC Dallas
- Austin FC 3-1 Portland Timbers
- Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Portland Timbers
- Portland Timbers 2-6 Seattle Sounders
- Portland Timbers 3-2 Real Salt Lake
- Timbers 1-1 San Jose Earth Quakes
Seattle Sounders Team News
There is a major injury boost for the camp with a number of returning injured players to the camp. Captain Nicolas Lodeiro gained some minutes last time out and remains in contention for a start.
Portland Timbers Team News
In contrast, there is a major injury blow for the camp with three players ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Prediction and Odds
The injury galore for the opponents leaves them at a disadvantage the high attacking prowess from the hosts.
- Home Win
- Goals Under 2.5
- No Score: Away