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First place in the Western Conference is within reach for that Colorado Rapidswho are trying to extend their unbeaten streak to nine games when they go on a date with the. travel to Providence Park Portland Timbers.
Portland has won three in a row as they currently occupy fifth place on the Western Conference table while the Burgundy Boys are third but are only three points behind leaders Seattle Sounders with one game in hand.
Prediction for this match
For most of 2021, Portland seemingly underachieved, clung to, or fought for a playoff spot every week, but struggled to find a chemistry or consistency.
It seems all they needed to get their season going again was a kick in the rear from their Pacific rivals the Seattle Sounders, who gave them a 6-2 knockdown in mid-August.
As the saying goes, better late than never and Giovanni Savarese this team has currently played their best football of the season, scoring away points in four of their last five games by conceding three consecutive goals.
On Friday they defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps, one of the hottest teams in the league, and won 1-0 at BC Place Stadium.
The Rapids get as hot as the Whitecaps in this encounter and are desperate to climb the table, so Savarese knows his team has to maintain that intensity with three big points.
With their recent strong results, expectations for this team have shifted from a team aiming only for the postseason to a team in good position to at least in the top four, if not higher, with seven of their last 11 Landing Regular season games take place at Providence Park.
During this season, many have touted the Rapids as one of the sleeper teams to watch out for, and after having been defeated for over a month, this sleeping giant appears to have woken up.
On Saturday, in unusually humid Centennial State conditions, Robin Fraser watched his side put down a highly competitive 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy as they continued to search for ways to earn points.
Constancy was the Burgundy Boys’ staple as they haven’t lost back-to-back games throughout the season, with their longest winless streak being two games.
That kind of persistence and the ability to get results even when you’re not at your best is the kind of form that can make you a champion, and the Rapids boss knows a thing or two about winning as he does won two MLS Cup titles as a player and two more as assistant coach.
Colorado could very well be the strongest team in the league to break down defensively, as you rarely have much time and space against them in your own third of the field, as they have only conceded 21 goals this year, fewest in MLS.
Another trait that makes them extremely dangerous is the fact that they are just as comfortable in front of their home fans as they are on the road, with six wins in each division this year and with the exception of two away games they have scored all so far in the year At home in 2021.
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Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark has asserted itself as the undisputed number one for this team, stopping the last 14 shots it was exposed to and collecting three straight shutouts.
On Friday, Diego Chara scored his 300th international game for Portland, becoming only the eighth player in MLS history to play 300 games for a club Felipe Mora was preparing the winning goal against the Caps when his shot struck Maxim Crepeau, and caused Ranko Veselinovic panicked as he couldn’t sort his feet and scored an own goal.
Claudio Bravo was a threat all season and just as strong defensively, with 41 tackles, just one deficit Yuya Kubo of FC Cincinnati for the MLS leadership while Cristhian Paredes remains questionable with a right thigh injury, Diego Valeri has a problem with the right leg and Eryk Williamson failed with a cruciate ligament tear.
Rapids striker Michael Barrios scored his sixth goal of the season for the team on Saturday as a substitute André Shinyashiki earned his first assist in the game and Dominique Badji, the hero against the quakes, picked up his 150th MLS career cap by replacing Barrios with 10 minutes left.
Jeremy Kelly was on the bench on Saturday after missing a good part of the year in one fell swoop while during Younes Namli, Lalas Abubakar and Auston Trusty are all questionable with undisclosed injuries.
Kellyn Acosta last weekend for the 160th time in his MLS career in the starting XI while Mark-Anthony Kaye returned to the line-up after his international tour with Canada in qualifying for the 2022 CONCACAF World Cup.
Portland Timbers Possible Starting Lineup:
Clark; Bravo, Zuparic, Mabiala, Van Rankin; Tuiloma, D. Chara, Y. Chara; Moreno, Asprilla; Mora
Colorado Rapids possible starting line-up:
Yarbrough; Rosenberry, Wilson, Trusty; Bassett, Warner, Acosta, Rubio, Lewis, Kaye; Barrios
Probability: Portland Timbers 1-1 Colorado Rapids
Both teams are playing pretty well with the Timbers starting to show their stance defensively while the Rapids are the best defensive unit in the league and both teams not only feel pretty good about their games but also have tons of players who can score .
The Timbers have won four of their last five games at Providence Park, but the Rapids are unbeaten in five straight games on the road, so a tie seems like the most likely outcome with two teams on such a throw.
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