The Houston Dynamo have struggled really hard to get results in the MLS lately. They are coming off a massive loss in the Texas Derby against FC Dallas, and saw their playoff hopes evaporate. They still have some mathematical chances though, as they will now host the Portland Timbers on Saturday. Portland were in terrible shape a couple of weeks ago, but they found stability before the break.
Date/Time: 9-15-2018, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Portland Timbers +0.5
Total: 3 Goals
The Houston Dynamo (7-13-7) met a devastating 2-4 loss on the road against FC Dallas in their last match. They saw their opponents take a leading role early in the match, and were unable to respond. FC Dallas managed to score all four goals before the hour mark, and even though Houston scored twice, they were unable to take anything. That was their fourth win in the last five, as they haven’t won an MLS match in over two months. They are sitting at the 10th spot with 28 points, 13 behind the playoffs. Houston have not been strong as usually at home this season (6-5-3). But despite their struggles, Houston have made it to the US Open Cup final so they can salvage something from this season.
On the other hand, the Portland Timbers (12-7-8) had to play a match in the midst of the international break. It was a really careful affair at home against the Colorado Rapids. The Timbers took control early in the match and had the leading role. They scored a goal in each half to reach a solid 0-2 win. They are now undefeated in their last three (2-0-1), conceding just once in the process. Portland are still sitting at the 5th spot of the Western Conference with 44 points, just as many as Real Salt Lake who have an extra match. The Timbers have not been very good on the road this season (3-5-5), and haven’t won any of their last five away matches (0-3-2).
Portland defeated Houston by a slim 1-2 at home earlier in the season. There have been goals from both sides in eight of the last nine. And there were at least Over 2.5 Goals in six of those matches. The Timbers have not been very good in this venue, as they have never won a single match (0-3-4).
The Houston Dynamo have very few cards left to play. Only three of their last seven matches are at home and they still have some playoff chances. They have never lost to Portland in this venue, and could have used the break to clear their heads. I will take my chances with the home team here.
MLS Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers Prediction: Houston Dynamo -0.5 (-101)
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