Thursday night’s 7:30pm meeting between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field will be their fourth of the season, but it certainly won’t be of lesser importance. The match will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.
Portland owns the season series thus far, snatching two consecutive victories over Seattle after falling 3-0 at home in the first meeting.
OUT: Joevin Jones (M) – right high ankle sprain
OUT: Brad Smith (D) – right hamstring strain
OUT: Trey Muse (GK) – concussion
OUT: Raul Ruidiaz (F) – COVID
OUT: Dairon Asprilla (M) – left knee injury
OUT: Blake Bodily (M) – right thigh injury
OUT: Sebastian Blanco (M) – right ACL injury
OUT: Julio Cascante (D) – left ankle injury
QUESTIONABLE: Jeremy Ebobisse (F) – concussion
QUESTIONABLE: Marvin Loría (M) – abdomen injury
Both sides could be missing key pieces of their attacking forces for tonight’s game: Seattle’s Raul Ruidiaz tested positive for COVID-19 last week, while Portland’s Jeremy Ebobisse was on the receiving end of a hard collision that raised questions of a concussion. Ebobisse could disrupt his club-record streak of 73 appearances, which is solely his after starting against LAFC last Sunday.
Odds and Prediction
[Odds from Bovada]
The Sounders are the heavy home favorites, but there’s little reason to see this as a toss-up in my eyes. Maybe I’ve got my No Pity scarf tied too tight, but Seattle are missing their leading goalscorer and couldn’t put one goal past San Jose in their last match, an opponent both these teams have laid six-plus goals on this year.
Portland could miss Ebobisse, but we’re still not that far from talking about this team riding a six-match winning streak, 16-year-old Christian Torres’ goal notwithstanding.
As the resident Timbers writer, I’m morally obligated to say Portland will win, but I think taking points (as they have every match in Seattle since Darlington Nagbe, Liam Ridgewell, David Guzman, and others were still in the XI) is a reasonable goal.
Official prediction: 2-0 Timbers
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And, as always, Go Timbers!