Portland Timbers vs Chicago Fire for the Major League Soccer championship match on Thursday at Providence Park Stadium.
They face for one more day of the MLS Portland Timbers and Chicago Fire, a match with mutual interests because both are currently out of the Playoffs.
Portland Timbers, the hosts had a downturn a few days ago because they could not win and that has complicated the classification. But despite the Greens are only 2 points from the playoff positions, the hosts have played 23 games in the league, of which they won 10, drew 4 and lost 9, totalling 34 points, 2 points behind the seventh-place that occupies Dallas FC.
If they win the game against Chicago Fire perhaps put them in playoff positions, this is possible, because Dallas FC that occupies the seventh position will have to visit Los Angeles Galaxy, a team that is bound to win at home if they don’t want to get behind in the classification.
So, Portland must win and could even benefit from a draw by Galaxy and Dallas FC, since the probability is quite high due to the situation that the Schelotto brothers’ squad is going through.
Chicago Fire, the visiting team, comes from winning in their last home game 3-2 against Montreal Impact. Chicago, like Portland, is not far from the playoff positions, only 3 points from the seventh place are what separates Paunovic men, so they still have the option of finishing the MLS among the top 7 and playing the playoffs.
As for the moment of both teams, Portland Timbers, on the one hand, has improved in these last days, has returned to be that lethal team in the offensive that does not forgive any chance of goal, at home they are one of the best teams, because few have been able to take points from the Stadium: Providence Park.
Chicago, on the other hand, in its last 12 away games has been a disaster, only won 1 game, drew 3 and lost 8, is one of the worst teams as a visitor.
Of the times they have faced, the last two have ended in a 2-2 draw, but it is worth mentioning that, the most recent was that of 2018, a game that was played at the home of Chicago Fire, where Portland was a little more dominating, and they had the chance to take the victory. However, they tied the game over the 84th minute.
We go with the victory of Portland Timbers, who has been playing very well, at home should not be complicated to win this game against a Chicago Fire that away from home have an awful run.