MLS Soccer Betting: Colorado vs Houston
Tuesday, August 25th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Colorado and Houston enter their mid-week match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on the outside of the playoff picture in the Western Conference, and with two heads-up games against each other left to play in the regular season, these points become even more essential for both sides.
Houston let a golden opportunity to take three points from Portland go by the wayside last Friday, wasting a 2 - 0 halftime lead to only settle for a draw and one point. The Dynamo's Will Bruin assisted the first goal from Boniek Garcia that made it 1 - 0 in the 40th minute of the first half, and Bruin himself added a second goal just before halftime was coming to an end.
Both goals came from almost the exact spot on the field, as both Garcia and Bruin created space down the right flank, while sliding shots past Rapids’ keeper Adam Kwarasey.
As the final 15 minutes of the game got underway, Portland closed the lead to 2 - 1 in the 76th minute, and found the equalizer off a tap-in goal from Lucas Melano in the 86th minute as the Timbers' fans went crazy in the stands.
The draw was good enough to give Houston a point, as they remain three points behind Seattle for the final playoff position in the Western Conference, despite not having three key players. Giles Barnes, DaMarcus Beasley and Ricardo Clark all missed the game due to injury, and the three of them are still listed on the injury report expected to miss this match as well.
Colorado snapped a three-game slide last weekend with a 1 - 0 win at Chicago. The Rapids scored in the first minute of the game, and no one was able to again find the net.
The Rapids have had recent success in the series, but they have not scored a single goal in the two meetings the two have had in 2015.In the first meeting of the season at BBVA Compass Stadium, no one could find the net in a scoreless draw, and in their most recent meeting that came in the U.S Open Cup, Houston advanced with a 1 - 0 win, again playing in Houston.
The two will play their final regular season game of the three game series onSeptember 26, with another encounter at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Dynamo will hope that home field will give them some type of an advantage, as they will play four of their next five league games at home.
Vancouver comes calling this weekend, and then the Dynamo will have two weeks to prepare for Real Salt Lake at home for their game on September 12.
Houston will head to Philadelphia for one game, and then finish September with two home games against Kansas City and this same Rapids club, with four games left to play in October to close out the regular season campaign.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Colorado leads the recent series with 5 Wins, 1 Loss and 4 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Colorado -0.5 -105
Houston +0.5 -115
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
The Rapids have the worst record at home in all of MLS, with only 13 points to show through 12 games played at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Houston only has two road wins on the season out of 13 games played away from home.
So where does that leave us? Something has got to give, and if either side could gain some confidence down the stretch, a playoff appearance could be in the cards for one of them.
The total might be the best way to go here, although the chances of a draw coming are almost as good.
We can see a 1 - 1 performance coming here, so we will indeed take Houston and the handicap line of +0.5 at -115, as well as offer a play on the Under 2.5 at -125, despite some juice to drink.
Maybe we should just offer the draw at +245, with plenty of value behind it, but calling teams to play to a deadlock is a tough thing to estimate.
We will stick with the two plays offered, and hope to see a 1 - 1 draw when the referee blows the final whistle.