MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Houston vs Los Angeles
Friday, July 24th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo wrap up their season series this weekend at BBVA Compass Stadium, with the Galaxy looking to take the three-game set with a win and a draw in hand from the first two meetings of 2015.
The Galaxy is the last remaining team in the Western Conference to have yet taken a road game this season, and have a 1 - 4 - 1 record in their last six games played in Houston, while going 0 - 3 the last three meetings at BBVA.
Los Angeles had a little funon Tuesdayat the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, when mighty Barcelona came to the states for the International Champions Cup, as each team played their starters for a half before clearing the bench to begin the second half.
In the Galaxy's most recent MLS outing last Friday, San Jose jumped out to a 2 - 0 lead within the first 25 minutes of the game, as Quincy Amarikwa scored both goals within three minutes for the Quakes, seemingly ending the three-game home win streak the defending champions were carrying. From the half-hour point on, the Galaxy completely dominated San Jose, and scored five unanswered goals to take a 5 - 2 win in the end.
Robbie Keane scored in the 30th, 64th and 80th minutes, earning the Scottish native a hat trick. These goals, along with the ones from Steven Gerrard, who scored his first MLS goal to level the game at 2 - 2 in the 37th minute, and Sebastian LLetget, who put the game away in the first minute of added time, made it 5 - 2.
Robbie Rogers will be suspended for the Galaxy this weekend after picking up a yellow card in the game against San Jose last weekend, and Jose Villarreal is questionable to return after missing the last few games with a knee injury.Mika Vayrynen has a hamstring issue that will also see him out of action this weekend.
Houston returns home after a three-game roadie that included a win at San Jose to get the trip started, but are dealing with back-to-back losses entering the weekend. Real Salt Lake took a 2 - 0 victory over the Dynamo last weekend, while also getting knocked out of the U.S Open Cup this pastTuesdayagainst Sporting Kansas City after the 3 - 1 loss at Sporting Park.
As a result of the 2 - 0 loss to Real Salt Lake, Kofi Sarkodie will be absent this weekend after being sent off with a red card in the 51st minute. The Dynamo played a man down for most of the second half and were outplayed tremendously on paper, as well as on the field. Salt Lake outshot the Dynamo 14 - 4, while only allowing two shots on frame and put the game away with the Joao Plato goal in the 65th minute.
Sarkodie, along with Luis Garrido, are suspended for this match, while Rob Lovejoy, Boniek Garcia and Alex all appear on the MLS injury report as questionable to play this weekend.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
The Galaxy leads the recent series with 5 Wins, 4 Losses and a Draw in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Houston Pk +135
LA Pk -160
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
It is time to bring these road issues to an end for the Galaxy, and what better team to go up against than the Dynamo, who have a stagnant offense and a two-game losing streak entering the weekend.
Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane looked like two school kids against San Jose last weekend, and the match with Barcelona this week certainly was, at best, a scrimmage.
If the Galaxy wants to stay at the top of the Western Conference table, they should be able to get results against teams like this, with Houston muddling at the bottom of the standings.
The time is now and the price is right, and we don't need Drew Carey to come on down and tell us what to do here.
The Galaxy should be able to come up with this first road win this weekend, and keep Houston wondering what they need to do to get out of the lower portion of the Western Conference.
This +125 is more than lovely on the away side, and the Galaxy get the nod in this one on the 3-Way line to take all three points, when this one is said and done.