MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Dallas vs Houston
Thursday, April 30th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Once again, Houston and Dallas will play three times in the regular season, with Houston coming back to the Western Conference after four seasons in the East. The Dynamo originally came in to MLS as a Western Conference team in 2006, and spent five years there before moving over to the East in 2011. With the expansion bringing Orlando City and New York City FC to the East, Kansas City and Houston moved to the West for 2015.
Dallas played their second of three meetings with Colorado over the weekend, and once again found themselves down a man after Blas Perez picked up a straight red card just before the hour mark. Dallas had a one goal lead at the time, but could not hold on to three points when Nick LaBrocca equalized for the Rapids in the 79th minute, giving a point to each team for a draw.
Dallas didn't put a single shot on goal in the second half and had to play the last half hour 10 v 11, Obviously, they will be without Perez this weekend.
Houston’s central defender Jermaine Taylor will also not be participating in the match, after he picked up a straight red card last weekend in the 4 - 4 match with Kansas City. He was sent off in the 79th minute, while the Dynamo were in the lead 3 - 2 at the time, but surrendered two late goals to settle for a draw.
Dallas has won the last four contests, which includes two U.S Cup matches and two MLS matches in the last two years. They have scored no less than three goals in any of those meetings, although it took extra time in the second meeting in the U.S Cup to find the third goal.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
The recent series is tied at 4 Wins, 4 Losses and 2 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
Both teams have also met in the U.S Cup the last two years, with Dallas winning both meetings and taking last year’s meeting in extra time at Houston.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Dallas Pk +120
Houston Pk -140
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
There is no love lost in this rivalry and the emotions will be escalated as the teams fight to take the state's bragging rights.
Houston is trying to close the four point gap in the Western Conference standings with Dallas, as both clubs are chasing Vancouver who sits in first place as we enter this week’s matchups.
Unfortunately, Dallas’ loss of Blas Perez will not be easy to account for up front, as his presence and experience, not to mention his team leading four goals, will be lost. Both Diaz and Castillo feed off his aggressiveness, so now they will both be challenged to work with Hollingshead and Michael Barrios likely to fill the void of Perez.
Tyler Deric was extremely shaky for Houston in the 4 - 4 draw with Kansas City, and we know they lost their central defender in Taylor as well.The Dallas defense has been suspect since the first three games of the year, although losing Perez could potentially be a problem. Luckily, there is enough offense in Dallas to have the ability to score against this light Houston defense this weekend.
This is another one of those occasions where we hope to catch the line setters sleeping, as this total jumps out at us at +105 to see the three goals and cash the ticket on the Over 2.5.