Houston Dynamo look set for another season of disappointment after missing out on the MLS Western Conference playoffs last term. They have struggled throughout the 2016 campaign and failed to get any good run of form going, and as a result they find themselves rock bottom of the Western Conference with just 19 points from their first 20 games.
This leaves them a point adrift of Seattle Sounders in 9th and 11 points behind the last of the playoff spots, although they do have games in hand on Whitecaps and Portland Timbers in 6th and 7th respectively.
However, games in hand are of no use if you can get a result, and at the moment Houston Dynamo are struggling in that respect. They are currently on a four match winless streak and have won just one of their last nine MLS matches. This singular victory did come on home turf though, where they have proven very difficult to beat this season. They have only lost once at the BBVA Compass Stadium all season, with four wins and four draws making up the rest of their results.
San Jose Earthquakes finished just above Houston Dynamo last season, but the 7th place finishing position wasn’t enough to get them into the playoffs. Like their opponents, they are also struggling again.
They currently occupy 8th position in the Western Conference, four points adrift of Whitecaps in 6th but with at least two games in hand on each of the three teams above them.
San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake last weekend made it five draws, four defeats, and one win from their last ten outings in all competitions, whilst their MLS form is two wins, five draws, and three defeats in their last ten outings.
Away from home they haven’t yet managed to pick up a victory though, with five of their ten away days resulting in a draw and the other five ending in defeat for the struggling side.
This is a great chance for Houston Dynamo to pick up all three points, but they have consistently failed to close out games at home this season, and with their opponents record of settling for draws on the road this season I think a prediction of another draw at odds of 23/10 look excellent value for money. I’m going for a 1-1 correct score prediction at 5/1 as well.
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