Austin FC vs Portland Timbers Preview 02/07/2021
There’s just the one fixture in the American MLS on Thursday evening but nevertheless an important one as Austin FC play host to Portland Timbers in an all-Western Conference clash at the Q2 Stadium with both teams keen to further their claims for a possible top seven finish in the division.
Austin currently sit second from bottom in the Conference, having had to endure a tough baptism of fire in this, their first ever season in the MLS as the newest franchise club in the American top flight.
We definitely like being home. Let’s do this again Thursday.
— Austin FC (@AustinFC) June 28, 2021
The hosts have managed to record just two wins so far in this new campaign, both of which were registered on the road with victories at Colorado Rapids and Minnesota United, but five defeats have left Austin sitting in the lower reaches of the division.
Recent results though suggest that Austin may be no pushovers here as the hosts have lost just one of their last five games overall, drawing four of these with points picked up in stalemates with Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas, San Jose Earthquakes and Columbus Crew.
Austin are expected to be missing Lima, Hoesen, Schoenfeld and Sweat through injuries.
Portland Timbers are also experiencing the effects of a depleted squad as the visitors head into this midweek clash having picked up just one win from their last four matches overall in the MLS.
That solitary win came in the shape of a 2-1 home win against Sporting Kansas but defeats away at Philadelphia Union 3-0 and a 2-1 loss at home to Minnesota United last time out suggest this could be a tougher trip to Austin than anticipated.
Portland Timbers currently occupy the last play-off spot in the Western Conference as they sit in 7th place but a number of absent personnel could give the visitors further headaches ahead of this clash at the Q2 Stadium.
In addition, Portland have managed to collect just one win from their previous eight matches on the road which also consists of four defeats and three draws, so the prospects of an away win here this Thursday evening seems fairly unlikely.
Portland are expected to be without Loria, Attinella, Polo, Paredes and Niezgoda through injury while Chara and Mora are away on Copa America duty with Colombia and Chile respectively.
This will be the first ever meeting between Austin and Portland Timbers and could end up all square.