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Major League Soccer: Matchday 45 Sees Real Salt Lake Face Portland Timbers

Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers

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Rio Tinto Stadium sees Thursday action as RSL take on Portland – 3:30am GMT.

Portland to face eighth RSL on Thursday at Rio Tinto Stadium, with Giovanni Savarese’s squad currently occupying fourth place in the League.

Real Salt Lake go into this fixture with 45 points secured

It was a humbling defeat at the hands of San Jose for Freddy Juarez’s men in their last match, they will be hoping to get something out of this game for sure.

Also, With an eighth position in the league and 13 wins, 13 losses and 6 draws, they currently have 45 points in the League having won 13 fixtures, drawn six games, and lost 13 meetings.

RSL have won nine meetings, drawn four matches, and lost three fixtures of their 16 League matches at home this season.

A victory for Real Salt Lake would put them on 48 points.

Good Attacking Performance

This has been a good season so far for RSL, in terms of goals scored (53). This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Andrew, David, and Jeffrey. RSL have shown a poor defensive solidity so far, having conceded 51 goals in their previous games.

It’s 49 points so far for Portland Timbers this season, going into this fixture

Portland will take a huge positive from their recent 2-0 win against San Jose at Providence Park.

Also, Portland keep finding ways to win, having secured eight victories in their last 12 meetings is astonishing this season. Their position is fourth in the League and they have 49 points, that is, 15W, 13L and 4D having won 15 matches, drawn four games, and lost 13 meetings.

Portland’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to RSL. In the 16 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won five fixtures, drawn two games, and lost nine fixtures.

Victory for Portland Timbers would take their points tally to 52 so far this season.

Good Attacking Performance

Portland will be pleased to have a good goal scoring record so far this season (50). This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Aljaž, Hunter, and Jeff. Teams that leak goals on a consistent basis, don’t tend to win anything, such is the situation with Portland so far, having conceded 51 goals in their last matches so far.

Real Salt Lake v Portland Timbers – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels these two sides have met 30 times before this fixture, with each recording wins on 11 occasions. Also, Portland have tasted defeat against RSL in seven out of the past 11 meetings with them. Their most recent encounter in this competition Portland Timbers delivered a 6-1 home win.

RSL’s win probability is 52.36 percent in this game.

Other players of note for RSL are David and Jeffrey with respectively and for Portland are Hunter and Jeff with respectively.

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