SJ Vs PT Fantasy Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes Vs Portland Timbers. Earthquakes and Portland meet once again inside the space of a week.
Facing off against each other for the second time in three days, when San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers square off against each other today, we are set to be in for a closely contested affair. If the last encounter is anything to go by, this second fixtures promises to be a spitting image of the ripper we witnessed the last time.
Nothing was able to sperate these two sides on that day with either side sharing the spoils on the day. Now well acclimatised to each other’s strengths and weaknesses, either side takes to the pitch today looking to better that draw with a fairer and clearer idea of their opposition.
For San Jose Earthquakes though, even a draw would look like a win today. In bottom place in the Western Conference of MLS, the club managed to stave off defeat for a second time running, a result which would have been akin to a win for the side given the harrowing campaign they are enduring this time around.
Where the draw meant a win for San Jose Earthquakes, for Portland, the draw was nothing short off a defeat. The foregone skirmish between the two was the pinch perfect outing for Portland to wrench free of the impasse they found themselves in, a match which the side ended up badly botching.
However, with a better knowhow of their competitors, Portland are bound to be in improved touch today. And this additional knowledge will serve them fruitfully to see them bring a win about in fruition today.
Probable Playing 11
- Danny will miss out another tie for Earthquakes with the player yet to recover from his injury.
- Dairon, Sebastian and Flores are all going to be out of action in lieu of their prevailing injury issues.
San Jose Earthquakes
Irwin, Rosenberry, Abubakar, Smith, Vines, Price, Acosta, Nicholson, Rubio, Shinyashiki, Kamara
Clark, Villafana, Tuiloma, Mabiala, Moreira, Paredes, Chara, Blanco, Valeri, Asprilla, Ebobisse
Match: Earthquakes Vs Portland Timbers
Date And Time: 20th September, Sunday- 8:00am IST
Venue: Avaya Stadium, San Jose
Top Goal Scorer
San Jose Earthquakes
- Valeri: 3 Goals
- Valeri: 3 Goals, Two Assists
Earthquakes Vs Portland: 1-1
Daniel Vega was once again the hero of his side the last time around. The San Jose Earthquakes’ shot stopper stood firm in the face of adversity, staving away a bevy of shots sent down his way to help rescue a point for the side from the encounter.
Both the sides have to massively work upon their defensive side of the game but if any team will pull off a cleansheet today, its Portland Timbers. They come across a side which has scored just once in its last two outings, a San Jose Earthquakes side clearly struggling to muster together meaningful attacking plays.
It sees us repose faith in a trio from the club. We are going to be unearthing Jorge Villafana, Bill Tuiloma and Dario Zuparic from the side for the upcoming outing.
Portland Timbers might have scored only once the last time around but we envision them popping up with the goals today. Unlike the foregone matchup between the two, Portland are bound to deploy their regular playing 11 today; one which should hand out a routing to bottom placed San Jose Earthquakes.
Spearheading the side’s attack will be Eryk Williamson. He’s scored twice this season and has looked good for more every time he’s taken to the middle given his ability to quash defences.
Partnering him up is Diego Chara who has the one assist with striker Jeremy Ebobisse wrapping up the trio of picks from the side for the affair. Elsewhere, with Portland Timbers themselves vulnerable of conceding a goal at any given moment, we’ll be opting for their top scorer with the three goals and one assist, Valeri Qazaishvili for the fixture.
Florian Jungwirth has been in sensational touch in the midfield with his slew of tackles and blocks helping bulk the side’s defence to make him the second selection from the club.
He was given a rest the last time these two took on each other in the league but Diego Valeri is set to be back for the day’s encounter. San Jose Earthquakes’ top scorer with a neat three goals and two assists, he looks all set to add to his tally to make him a must have pick for us.
The visiting team meanwhile sees us reign in Chris Wondolowski owing to the two goals and one assist he’s registered for the side.
Captain And Vice-Captain
His five goal contributions see Diego be our captain for the day while Valeri is the vice-captain.
Vega, Bonilla, Zuparic, Villafana, Jungwirth, Valeri, Chara, Williamson, Jeremy, Valeri, Chris
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