MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Portland vs Houston
Thursday, August 20th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Portland Timbers and Houston Dynamo play for the third and final time in the regular seasonthis Fridaynight, and the home team has had the edge in the first two encounters.
Houston took on Portland in May at BBVA Compass Stadium, and came away with a 3 - 1 home win on the strength of a Will Bruin brace. Portland took the second meeting at Providence Park back in June, with a 2 - 0 victory while only allowing the Dynamo only one shot on frame. Houston only has one road win in their last seven games, which includes their loss in the U.S Open Cup to Sporting Kansas City near the end of July.
This is the second of three consecutive road games for the Dynamo, and they will finish the trip with a mid-week match with Colorado at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Houston keeper Tyler Deric is up for save of the week after his stop against New England's Kelyn Rowe. Rowe plowed through the middle of the field, through the Dynamo defense blasting a shot from 25 yards out, as Deric stretched and guided the ball into the cross bar. The ball rebounded off the bar and up in the air, came down off the cross bar and bounced behind the net for a corner kick.
However, Houston did lose the match 2 - 0, as they were once again held to a single shot on frame in the outings. All too often we have seen it from the Dynamo on the road, which we just mentioned happened in Portland in the second meeting between these two.
Houston enters the weekend just four points behind struggling Seattle for the 6th seed in the Western Conference standings.
Portland rides a modest two-game win streak into the weekend, with two 1 - 0 wins over Chicago and Real Salt Lake.
Portland will wrap up their Cascadia Cup series in Seattle next weekend, although Vancouver is leading the race with 8 points. Seattle has 6 points to Portland's 5, and Seattle and Vancouver will play the last match of the northwest competition onSeptember 19that BC Place.
The Timbers will be playing four of their next six games at home, as they host Houston before the trip to Seattle, then come home for two against Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls. After a stop at MAPFRE Stadium to take on Columbus, Portland will return home for another match with Sporting KC at Providence Park.
It will be a light September schedule for Portland, as they only play three games in the month before closing out the regular season with four games in October. Two of those October outings will be at Salt Lake and Los Angeles before their final game of the season at home against Colorado onOctober 25.
Last 7 MLS Meetings:
The two have only met 7 times in MLS action, with Houston leading the series having 3 Wins, 2 Losses and 2 Draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Portland -1 +125
Houston +1 -145
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
When Houston hits the road, they simply do not know how to put shots on goal, and, last we heard, if you're not shooting, you're not scoring.
Portland has gotten back to their defensive-minded approach, although we still do not think they are as good as they think they are on the defensive side of the ball. We have questioned them many times and offered many totals in their matches, because as soon as you start to believe in them, they find a way to suddenly get torched for four goals.
This is one of those hunches where we expect to see more than a 1 - 1 match, and someone in the end will come away with three points in a 2 - 1 win.
We are offering the Over 2.5 at -105, as risky as it may sound, because of what Portland has done recently with two 1 - 0 wins in succession.
Tyler Deric is among the best keepers in all of MLS, but he too has shown signs of falling apart through the season, as Houston has allowed at least one goal in 11 of their 12 games away from home in league play, while allowing three more to Kansas City in the Open Cup.