Huston Dynamo vs Philadelphia Union: Preview and Prediction

Huston Dynamo vs Philadelphia Union:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 3, 2016
Kick-off: 2:00 UK Time
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas).

A struggling Huston Dynamo welcomes inform Philadelphia Union for the weekend Major League Soccer clash at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Texas on Saturday evening.

Things are going well for Huston Dynamo in the US Open Cup as they managed to enter the quarter-finals of the competition with a 3-1 victory over Sporting Kansas on Wednesday. But their form in MLS is disappointing as they stay at the foot of Western Conference table with 14 points from 16 matches. They had managed just 3 wins so far in the league this season and are without a win in their last 5. At the same time, they can boast of a slightly better record at home and tasted defeat only once this season, with 3 wins and 3 draws.

Philadelphia Union are top of the Eastern Conference table with 26 points from 17 matches. But they are about to spoil their good start to the season after tasting defeats in 2 of their last three matches. They were seen struggling in their last MLS league game in front of their home fans against an ordinary Vancouver Whitecaps and eventually conceded the game 3-2. However, their away form is terrible and won just once in 8 games.

Houston Dynamo: Team News

Rob Lovejoy is a slight doubt for this match as he is carrying a knock and other than this Huston Dynamo has a fully fit squad at their disposal.

Houston Dynamo: Predicted Line-up (4-1-4-1)

Willis – Beasley, Rodriguez, Agus, Williams – Warner – Garcia, Alex, Clark, Wenger – Barnes.

Philadelphia Union: Team News

Maurice Edu is injured and will miss the clash against Huston Dynamo, while striker C.J Sapong is short on fitness, but he is expected to start.

Philadelphia Union: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)

Okai – Fabinho, Marquez, Yaro, Rosenberry – Carroll, Creavalle – Pontius, Barnetta, Toux – Sapong.

Huston Dynamo vs Philadelphia Union: Head-to-Head Stats

Houston Dynamo have a better head-to-head record against Philadelphia Union after winning in 7 of the 15 meetings between the sides, with 4 draws and 4 defeats.

Huston Dynamo haven’t lost to Philadelphia Union in the last 7 meetings in all venues, with 5 wins and 2 draws. Their last defeat was away from home on September 2012.

Huston Dynamo had kept six consecutive clean sheets against Philadelphia Union in all competitions.

Philadelphia Union had managed just two win in the 7 visits to Huston, however their last win was on March 2011. And Huston Dynamo are on a four match winning streak against Philadelphia Union at the BBVA Compass stadium.

Huston Dynamo vs Philadelphia Union: Head-to-Head Stats

Huston Dynamo will be looking to carry over their hard fought win against Sporting Kansas City in the US Open Cup round of 16 clash to the weekend MLS fixture. They will be also looking to extend the 7 match unbeaten run against Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, despite being on top of the MLS Western Conference table are on a poor run of form in away matches. Their overall form has also taken a decline in recent weeks and they will go into the match as clear underdogs. They have also failed to score against Huston in 6 consecutive matches and will be low on confidence.

I fully back Huston Dynamo to extend their 4 match winning run against Philadelphia at home and expect them to keep a clean sheet.

Tips:

  • Huston Dynamo to win.
  • Under 2.5 Goals.
  • Huston to keep Clean Sheet (Risky)

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