Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers
Major League Soccer
Date: Tuesday, 31st October 2017
Kick-off at 1:30 UK/ 2:30
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston).
Houston Dynamo welcome Portland Timbers for the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday.
Houston Dynamo earned their place in the Conference semifinal with a 1-0 win against Kansas City. This is their 8th appearance at the knockout phase during the 12 seasons in the MLS. The team won the MLS cup in 2006 and 2007, thus becoming the first team to defend the title. However, this is Houston’s first appearance at this stage since 2013.
Portland Timbers finished top of the Western Conference this team and are entering the play-offs for the third time in their 7-year history in MLS. They did reach the final on each of the two previous occasions eventually winning the title in 2015.
Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers: Head-to-head
The teams met twice this season, Timbers are unbeaten with a 4-2 home and 2-2 draw away at Houston.
Timbers lost just once in their last 6 meetings with the Dynamo, won 3 and drew 2.
The last five meetings between the two sides saw both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals.
Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers: Predictions
Houston are arguably one of the best home teams this season with 12 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss from 17 matches. They finished as the second highest scorers in home matches with 42 goals in the bag and boast of a +26 goal difference.
Meanwhile, Timbers have been underwhelming in away matches having managed just 16 points from their 17 matches. Also, the scoring record in quite poor as they finished the regular season with a –10 goal aggregate.
Punters must expect a tight clash on Sunday as Dynamo coming with the reputation of being the toughest home sides in the whole of MLS. And Sounders are no pushovers despite having a poor away record this season as they managed to reach the finals on both previous occasion’s they had reached the knock-out round.
Correct Score Prediction: 2-2 at 12.50.
Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Draw or Timbers @ 1.63
Over 2.5 goals at 1.80 odd.
All Odds courtesy of 888Sport
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