MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Kansas City vs Houston
Friday, July 31th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Just 11 days after meeting in the quarterfinals of the U.S Open Cup, Sporting KC and Houston lock horns again at Sporting Park for their second of three regular season meetings. Sporting Kansas City is the last of all MLS teams to have not lost at home this season, and that also includes three matches in the U.S Open Cup at Sporting Park. This has earned them a 10 - 0 - 3 record in 2015 in all competitions.
Sporting has kept six cleans sheets at home and nine overall this season, which has them sitting in fourth place in the Western Conference standings with 33 points and the best goal differential in MLS with a +9 ratio. Kansas City suffered their second defeat sinceApril 18last weekend in the 2 - 1 loss to Real Salt Lake in Utah, after going 8 - 1 in their last nine games between MLS and the Open Cup.
Real took a 1 - 0 lead to the half, and Sporting brought in Benny Felhaber to start the second half for Nagamura and paid immediate dividends.
Felhaber scored to make it 1 - 1 just five minutes upon entering the game to level the score at one.
Tim Melia ended up being the goat in the game, when he tackled Luke Mulholland in the box and set the stage for a penalty kick from Joao Plata. Plata stepped up to the spot and sealed the 2 - 1 win for Real Salt Lake.
Houston enters the weekend with 27 points on the outside of the playoff picture with 27 points in eighth place in the Western Conference. The Dynamo ended July with a big 3 - 0 win over the defending MLS champion LA Galaxy at home.Brad Davis assisted the first goal from Will Bruin to make it 1 - 0 in the 9th minute of the game, and Davis added a goal of his own to make it 2 - 0 just before the half-hour mark. Leonel Miranda put the game away in the 88th minute when he added a third goal of the game, and Tyler Deric only had to make three saves to keep a clean sheet in the win.
The Dynamo will be playing four of their next five games on the road, as they will return home next weekend to face San Jose, before departing for a three-game trip to New England, Portland and Colorado.
Boniek Garcia, Jermaine Taylor and Rob Lovejoy are all out of the lineup this weekend for Houston, while Ricardo Clark, Giles Barnes, Raul Rodriguez, Kofi Sarkodie have four yellow cards and will endure a suspension should they be booked.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Sporting KC leads the recent series with 4 Wins 2 Losses and 4 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
KC -0.5 -125
Houston +0.5 +105
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Kansas City is simply stingy at home, and Houston has only scored 7 goals in 10 games played away from BBVA Compass Stadium this season.
Houston has been held scoreless in four of their last six road games, but did manage to score at Sporting Park in their 3 - 1 loss in the Open Cup match 11 days ago.
The suggestion in this one comes in the form of the total and, if there was any indication from the two meetings the two have played this year in both MLS and U.S Open Cup action, goals will be the theme. How can we forget the 4 - 4 game between the two in April?
We didn't forget it, and it will lead us to the Over 2.5 at a satisfactory -110 on the action at Sporting Parkthis Saturday.