Our prediction for this MLS match:
A place in the Western Conference final will be at stake when Real Salt Lake and Portland Timbers face each other at Rio Tinto Stadium. The Royals aim to extend their winning run to three games and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s football match. Real Salt Lake finished the regular season in third position in the standings, only four points clear of Portland Timbers.
Seeing that the visitors are undefeated in previous four league fixtures, a close encounter is on the horizon at Rio Tinto Stadium and we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. In each of their last four meetings in the MLS Portland Timbers emerged triumphant, but share of spoils is on the cards this time out. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Jeremy Ebobisse, while Real Salt Lake defenders should have Slovakia international Albert Rusnak at bay.
Highlighted Player (Albert Rusnak):
Born in Vyskov, Czech Republic on July 7, 1994, Slovakia international Albert Rusnak began his youth career in KAC Kosice. In 1997 he moved to MFK Kosice where he was talent-spotted by Manchester City scouts. However, he did not see any game action for the Citizens in the Premier League as he was immediately loaned to Oldham City.
After making only two appearances for the Latics, the Slovak moved to Birmingham City in 2014. After ending his loan spell with Cambuur, Albert Rusnak moved to FC Groningen in 2015 and it has to be noted that he scored nine goals in 61 appearances for the Dutch club in the Eredivisie.
In the winter of 2017 Rusnak joined MLS club Real Salt Lake for an undisclosed fee. Speaking of his international career, Albert Rusnak made his debut with the Slovakia national team on November 15, 2016 in a goalless draw with Austria. His father, also called Albert Rusnak, used to play football as well.
Highlighted Team (Portland Timbers):
Founded in 2009, Portland Timbers is a soccer club based in Portland, Oregon. The Timbers are well known for their green kit and their secondary colours are red and black. Portland welcome their opponents at Providence Park and the capacity of their home ground is 21.144.
The club hold a long-running rivalry with Seattle Sounders as the two clubs used to face each other in the North American Soccer League. In 2015 Portland Timbers did remarkably well to win the MLS Cup and that is considered the club’s biggest success.
The Timbers defeated Columbus Crew in the final of the tournament and it has to be noted that the title game was hosted by Mapfre Stadium (Columbus).
Former Premier League footballer Liam Ridgewell played for Portland in the 2015 MLS Cup final against Columbus Crew. Speaking of the club’s supporters, you should have in mind that the Timbers sold out almost every home game in the MLS. Portland’s main supporters group is the Timbers Army.