MLS Soccer Betting: Houston vs Vancouver
Friday, August 28th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Fresh off their Canadian Championship victory over the Montreal Impacton Wednesday, the Vancouver Whitecaps return to the states to face Houston at BBVA Compass Stadiumthis Saturday. This weekend's outing for the Whitecaps will see them fill out a schedule that has had them contest 10 games sinceJuly 18in three separate competitions, and they have taken full advantage of it all while only losing once over that span of time.
After finishing as the runner-up of the Amway Canadian Championships in five of the last six years, Vancouver finally broke through and took their first ever winner’s trophy this week with a 2 - 0 home victory in the second leg over the Impact.
At the same token, it left the Impact facing a second defeat in a major competition outside of MLS, as they lost to Club America in the finals of the CONCACAF Champions League.
After setting their team record for away wins in one season, the Whitecaps actually hold the best away record in all of MLS, having taken 23 points in 14 games played thus far on the road.
We can only imagine that Caps’ manager Carl Robinson made the team quickly aware of the work left to do in MLS. With only one point separating them from a possible Supporters Shield honor, that would make BC Place the path for the rest of league in the playoffs, the goal is clear for the last eight games remaining on the regular season schedule.
Houston is barely hanging on to their playoff hopes, as their recent three-game road trip only amounted to one point from the draw at Portland.
The road has been difficult for the Dynamo as of late, as they now are dealing with a six-game stretch of no wins away from home.
Luckily, the Dynamo will be playing four of their next five games with their fans behind them at BBVA Compass Stadium, and they also will have 14 days off after this game to prepare for the stretch run in September and October.
Houston will host Real Salt Lake in two weeks, make one stop in Philly to face the Union, and return home for two games against Sporting KC and Colorado.
These two will compete on the last day of the regular season to complete their three-game season series, and that could ultimately decide one, if not both, of their fates in the playoff picture.
Last 5 MLS Meetings:
The two have met 5 times in their MLS history, with Vancouver holding a 3 - 2 advantage in the series.
The home team has won all 5 affairs.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Houston Pk -140
Vancouver Pk +120
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
As mentioned, the home team has taken all five meetings the two have had in their short MLS history, and Houston certainly needs the three points to pull closer to that sixth position in the Western Conference standings.
More often than not, we will see a letdown after a big win like Vancouver hadon Wednesday, and we know they will have to cool down after finally winning their first Canadian Championship in team history.
Houston may not be the same team on the road as they are at home, but when they play here, they have found the net in 10 of their last 11 home games, and have scored multiple goals on seven on those occasions.
Houston should come out as the aggressor, knowing that Vancouver might still be in a celebratory mood after taking the Canadian title, so their best option would be to hold down the pedal, and press early and often to get that first goal. Slowing down Vancouver is no easy task either, as they have scored in nine straight road games in all competitions.
What that does is hope for a play on this total, and the even money +100 offer on the Over 2.5 comes as our suggestion in the affair at BBVA Compass StadiumSaturdaynight.