MLS Soccer Betting: Houston vs Seattle
Saturday, October 17th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders have had disappointing seasons by their own standards, but with only two games remaining in the 2015 MLS regular season they both still have life in the post-season discussion.
Houston has the most work to do to stay in the chase for a post-season berth, as they will need to go 2 - 0 in their final two outings, and hope that San Jose goes 0 - 2 which would bring the teams to a tie. The Dynamo would also need Portland to not gain a single point in their last two outings, as they also have six points to make up on the Timbers.
The mathematics are there, but the actual chances of Houston getting through are slim, especially since the Dynamo play their final game at BC Place against Vancouver, who are also looking to ensure their own playoff status.
Houston has had two weeks off to get over the 4 - 1 loss to Dallas in the Texas Derby last time out, as the Dynamo were in search of their first three-game win streak of the season.
With 41 points and a conference leading 45 goals allowed this year, the Dynamo's first year back in the Western Conference has been a difficult one to endure after departing the East to make room for expansion team's NYCFC and Orlando City. Jermaine Taylor and Kofi Sarkodie both missed the game with Dallas, and could return this weekend for the Dynamo.
Seattle has enjoyed their two weeks off for the most part, although Sigi Schmid spoke of taking it easy with Clint Dempsey in practice this week. Dempsey played all 120 minutes in the United States Men's Team loss to Mexico for the Confederates Cup Final this week, but was one of eight players asked to leave camp before the Costa Rica encounter.
Brad Evans did stay with the team and started at left back for the Costa Rica outing, and he is expected to be available this weekend for the Sounders in some capacity if he doesn't start.
Paraguayan national Nelson Valdez is not expected to be fit this week, as Sigi Schmid also addressed in his Sounders weekly press conference. Chad Marshall practiced this week, but is not at top fitness as he deals with the sore neck. Schmid did say he expects Marshall could see the field this weekend ahead of schedule.
Seattle is tied with San Jose and Portland with 47 points, but has 14 wins to the Quakes and Timbers 13, which is the first tie-breaking procedure in the standings.
Seattle took the first and only other meeting between the two teams this year in a 1 - 0 home win onApril 4at CenturyLink Field. Seattle has taken a result in all seven of the meetings between them in Seattle, and the road team has never won a game in this series. Houston has four wins and a draw in their five home games played against the Sounders, winning the last four meetings at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Last 12 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met 12 times in their MLS history, and Seattle leads the series with 5 Wins, 3 Losses and 4 Draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Houston Pk -115
Seattle Pk -105
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Seattle can simply finish the Dynamo off and clinch their own way to the post-season with a big road win this weekend at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Sounders have taken a result in their last three road games against three playoff bound teams in the Western Conference.
Neither team can afford to leave points on the table, as Seattle can rebound from a tough season where there were significant absences from their star players throughout the summer that led to a long stretch of losses.
Houston was already in desperation mode entering last week's Texas Derby, and they couldn't have looked much worse in the 4 - 1 loss trying to stay in the playoff discussion.
Seattle has all the fire power they could need with Dempsey and Martins up front, so the Seattle Pk Draw no Bet offer of -105 makes the board for us this Sunday.
As long as the Sounders walk out of BBVA with any type of result, we will be content with the Pk action, with the safety net of a draw in our favor to push the play at worst.