CF vs PT Dream11 : Western and Eastern Conference clash as both Chicago Fire and Portland Fire look to break into their conference’s top 7
The inter zonal matches are back in Major League Soccer with Western Conference’s Portland Timbers taking on Eastern Conference’s Chicago Fire today. It’s a match between equals, two levelly balanced teams who have endured similar kind of seasons till now, leaving both chasing a spot in the top 7.
Having played only 23 matches, atleast 1 less than the rest of their competitors, Portland Timbers know a win today would serve them extremely fruitfully. The club who are currently only two points behind seventh place Dallas will be looking to build on the momentum accumulated from a comprehensive win over Vancouver Whitecaps in their previous fixture, one which saw them score two goals in the second half. It was a win which saw the side unbeaten in four out of their previous fie fixtures, a run of form which has helped them take massive strides in the league.
Elsewhere Chicago Fire make an advent in today’s encounter having defeated Montreal Fire in a five goal thriller, one which saw them hang onto the smallest of leads in the closing stages of the match to take the three points courtesy of a 3-2 scoreline. It saw the side win two straight matches, placing them only three points behind a spot in the top 7 with the club occupying 10th place at the moment in the Eastern Conference.
Probable Playing 11
- A left knee injury keeps Marco Farfan out of this fixture for Portland Timbers along with Jadama who is yet to recover from his left foot injury.
- Herbers is the only missing player for Chicago Fire owing to his shoulder injury.
Clark (GK), Valentin, Cascante, Tuiloma, Villafana, Chara, Zambrano, Valeri, Blanco, Ebobisse, Fernandez
Kronholm (GK), Kappelhof, Schweinsteiger, Calvo, Bomstein, Bronico, McCarty, Katai, Gaitan, Sapong Nikolic
Major League Soccer
Match: Portland Timbers Vs Chicago Fire
Date And Time: 15th August, Thursday- 8:30am IST
Venue: Providence Park, Portland
CF vs PT Dream 11 Picks
Goal-Keeper for CF vs PT Dream11
Given that the likelihood of a cleansheet is a bleak one in this fixture, we have gone ahead with the shot stopper who has imbued in him the capability to pull off some wondrous saves and keep his side in the match. Also what played a decisive role in deciding our selection over here was the fact that which goal-keeper will face an onslaught of shots, seeing us go ahead with Portland Timbers’ Steve Clark for this match.
Defenders for CF vs PT Dream11
With Chicago Fire having let in 37 goals in their stay in the league and Portland Timbers having kept just one cleansheet in five, a figure which takes their goals conceded to 34, we have decided to go ahead with the bare minimum of three defenders. This will be an extremely attacking match, one where neither side will spare any expense to add to their goal tally, something which could see the backline involved in their side’s attacking soirees as well.
We have opted for the pair of fullbacks from Chicago Fire for this match with Jonathan Bornstein and Johan Kappelhof offering excellent value. Johan in particular is worth only 8 credits, making the rightback someone to definitely rope into our side given his marauding runs to support the rightwinger as well.
Elsewhere from Portland Timbers we have opted for the lone selection of Julio Cascante for this match.
Midfielders for CF vs PT Dream11
With a mammoth 24 assists in between them, the 14 for Diego Valeri and 10 for Sebastian Blanco, the two have in unison played a huge part to their side’s consummate success up the pitch. Massively responsible for their side’s ascendancy in the conference, the two have cantered their past defences with ease, regaling us in a wondrous show of attacking football.
CDM Cristina Paredes comes in as well from the side to complete a trivalent of picks from Portland Timbers while form the opposition we have a duo representing us. 9 assist man, Nicolas Gaitan has been pivotal to his side in the CAM role, someone who was an undoubtable pick for us in this facet. He’s going to be accompanied by Aleksandar Katai for this match.
Strikers for CF vs PT Dream11
The 9 goals and 2 assists make Chicago Fire’s CJ Sapong our first pick in this department. He and Nikolic have encapsulated their affinity to leave defences in tatters to perfection and if their side is to win today, the two will need to be at the pinnacle of their game once again.
With a goal in his side’s 3-1 win the last time around, we have Jeremy Ebobisse come in from Portland Timbers with us expecting the striker to emulate the same compelling showing as last time.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Ebobisse is our side’s captain while Valeri is chosen as the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the footballing fraternity over the course of the last year and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.