The Houston Dynamo held their own in their last match against Columbus on the road, but eventually lost. They have been pathetic form in the MLS lately, but they have found success in the US Open Cup. Houston will now play host to Real Salt Lake on Saturday, who just saw their undefeated streak come to an end.
Date/Time: 8-18-2018, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Dynamo -1
Total: 3 Goals
The Houston Dynamo (7-10-6) played a really tough match on the road against Columbus Crew last week. It was actually a really balanced match between the two sides, and looked like a draw. But Columbus scored a late goal at the stoppage time and took a slim 0-1 win. Houston have now lost four in a row in the MLS. But they recorded a nice win in the US Open Cup in-between and moved to the final of the competition. Houston are sitting at the 10th spot of the Western Conference with 27 points, now eight behind the playoff spots. They have been mediocre at home (6-4-2), where they have failed to win any of their last four (0-2-2).
On the other hand, Real Salt Lake (10-10-5) are coming off a pretty bad performance on the road against LAFC. They saw their opponents take an early two-goal lead by the 30th minute. They are generally weak on the road, and could never come back from that deficit. Real Salt Lake have been in poor form lately, having won just one of their last six (1-2-3). Even so, they are still clinging to the 6th spot of the Western Conference with 35 points. But there are at least two teams vying for their spot, so Real Salt Lake better snap out of their funk soon. Their weakness on the road is more than obvious (1-9-2), where they have scored just 8 goals so far.
Real Salt Lake won by 1-2 at home when the two teams met earlier in the season. But that was their first win over Houston in the last five matches (1-3-1). Houston have been tremendous as hosts against Real Salt Lake over the years (11-2-2). Only three of those 15 matches featured Under 2.5 Goals, as the two teams have scored a lot in this venue.
Both teams will look to return to winning ways and find some stability in their season. Houston should have the upper hand here, as they are traditionally strong at home. But I will take go with the Over 3 Goals here, as suggested by the history in this match-up.
MLS Houston Dynamo vs Real Salt Lake Prediction: Over 3 Goals (-111)
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