New York City will look to continue their winning streak when they host Portland at the Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
New York City is on a great run of results. They have won the last five games in all competitions. Furthermore, they are unbeaten in their previous 14 games. Since Toronto FC beat them in March, they have not lost a game. That 4-0 defeat is also the last time they failed to score. In their last five games, New York City have scored 18 goals. They have kept two clean sheets in that time as well. It’s safe to say that they are on a roll right now.
New York City faced the Seattle Sounders in their last game. Seattle proved to be a tough task, but Maximiliano Moralez scored in the second half to break the deadlock. Jesus Medina and Ebenezer Ofori also scored to make the win a resounding one. NYC are doing well in the MLS, and that form has carried over to the US Open Cup as well. They will play Orlando City in the quarter-final after playing Portland.
In the whole Eastern Conference, New York City have conceded the fewest goals with 19. Their goal difference is +19, and no side has a better one. In terms of goal scoring, the responsibility has been equally distributed. Five players have scored four or more goals for them this season. Heber and Maximiliano Moralez are the joint top scorers with six goals to their name. New York are fifth in the east as it stands, and they will be confident about making the playoffs.
As for Portland, their position is not that secure. They are ninth in the Western Conference, six points adrift of the playoff places. Real Salt Lake in seventh are the six points ahead of them, but they have played two games more which will give Portland. If they win those two games in hand, they have a great chance of making the playoffs.
Portland’s recent form is good, and they have won four times in their last five games. Two 4-0 wins over La Galaxy and Houston will have been a huge boost to their confidence. Their last game was a 1-0 win over Dallas. Brian Fernandez got the only goal in the win for them.
He is their top scorer in the league this season with six goals. Jeremy Ebobisse has scored five times for Portland. Goals have been a problem for Portland this season. Only one side in the west has scored fewer goals than Portland, which is Vancouver.
New York City FC vs Portland Timbers Prediction
New York City will be the favorites to pick up the win and continue their remarkable run. Portland will find it hard to score, and a clean sheet is also likely for New York City. The total goals should be less than 2.5 in this game and the game will be a close one. Portland will try hard to cause an upset by New York City will be too good for them.