Portland Timbers take on Los Angeles FC in the Western Conference of the MLS on Wednesday, with both sides aiming to establish themselves in the play-off positions. The visitors are five points ahead of their forthcoming opponents, albeit having played a game more than them, so it is a huge match for both sides.
Los Angeles FC have seen their form pick up, having won four of their last five games. They’ve not been exactly free-flowing in that time, but winning back-to-back away games to nil is great progress. Portland have seen only one goal in each of their last two home matches, while they’ve conceded only five times in their six home matches to date. The visitors have scored exactly one goal per game on the road so they’re not going to blow Portland away here.
Los Angeles FC beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 in their latest outing thanks to Diego Rossi's and Carlos Vela's goals on either side of Aaron Herrera's equalizer. Los Angeles FC are in a good position to go on and book a place in the playoffs for the fourth season running.
Portland Timbers and Los Angeles FC have squared off against each other nine times till date. Los Angeles FC have won four meetings while the Timbers have won two. Three matches have ended as draws. The last time the two sides locked horns was in November last year when the game ended 1-1.
Portland picked up an important win at the weekend after a tough three-game stretch. This win saw them move into the final play-off spot. LAFC are finally hitting some form with four wins from five. This has seen them climb the table and competing towards the top again. Both sides come into this one on the back of important wins and will both be up for it.