Houston Dynamo vs Vancouver Whitecaps:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016
Kick-off: 2:30 UK Time
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, Huston (Texas).
Huston Dynamo are desperate for a win to get out of the foot of the Western Conference table when they host play-off hopefuls Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday evening.
Huston Dynamo’s hopes for a silverware this season is dealt a blow after being knocked out of the US Open Cup quarter-finals by FC Dallas on Wednesday. Currently sitting at the foot of the Western Conference with 18 points from 19 matches, Dynamo must raise their game in order to improve the chances of making into the play-offs.
The Dynamo were beaten 1-0 by LA Galaxy away from home in their previous MLS fixture last weekend and are left with just one win from their last 8 league games. They are yet to win a match on a road this season, but their home record is pretty strong for a team at the bottom of the table. Dynamo lost just once at home this season and are coming on the back of a 4 match unbeaten run. They had kept clean sheets in four consecutive home games.
Vancouver Whitecaps were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Orlando City in their last round fixture. They are now unbeaten in the last three, with each of the three games played at their home ground. They are an inconsistent team while playing away from home, owes much to their terrible defense. The Whitecaps had managed 2 wins out of their last 4 away games, while lost 2. But they have conceded 11 goals during the period at an average of 2.75 goals per game.
The Whitecaps sit at the sixth position in the Western Conference table, level on points with the Portland Timbers on fifth and 1 points clear off Kansan City on seventh. They will be looking to take all points from this games to ensure they stay inside the play-off spot at the end of the current round of fixtures.
Houston Dynamo: Team News
Alex returns from suspension and Rob Lovejoy returns to full fitness and is available for selection.
Houston Dynamo: Predicted Line-up (4-1-4-1)
Derik – Beasley, Horst, Rodriguez, Anibaba – Warner – Garcia, Clark, Maidana, Barnes – Bruin.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Team News
Whitecaps have no major injury concerns and are expected to field the same eleven that started in the 2-2 draw against Orlando City last weekend.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Predicted Line up (4-2-3-1)
Ousted – Harvey, Parker, Jacobson, Smith – Teibert, Laba – Techera, Morales, Bolanos – Hurtado.
Houston Dynamo vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Head-to-Head Stats
- Overall (9 matches): Vancouver Whitecaps – 5 wins, Houston Dynamo – 3 wins, Draws – 1.
- Houston Dynamo at home vs Vancouver Whitecaps (3 matches): 3 wins.
- The teams had met twice this season, both played at Vancouver and the hosts won the first tie 1-0, while the second match finished in a 1-1 draw.
- In the three match of last season, Whitecaps won twice, both at home, while Dynamo one the only match at their home 2-0.
Houston Dynamo vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Prediction
Despite the poor league position of the Huston Dynamo, they will go into this game as clear favourites. They have lost just once at home this season and are coming on the back of a four match unbeaten run. While the poor defensive display of Whitecaps away from home could cost them dearly here and I will go with a correct score prediction of 2-1 win in favour of the hosts.
Houston Dynamo vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Tips
Over 2.5 goals.
Both Teams to Score
Huston Dynamo to win