MLS Soccer Betting: New England vs Houston
Friday, August 14th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Houston Dynamo kick-off a three-game road trip over a 12-day stretch, while renewing their rivalry with the New England Revolution. The two had faced each other two or three times a year up until this season, after Houston made the adjustment to the Western Conference to begin the 2015 MLS campaign.
Both teams enter the weekend with 31 points in their respective conferences, although one team appears in the playoff picture and one doesn't. The Dynamo is on the outside looking in, as they sit just one point behind sixth place Seattle in the West, with 11 games left to play in their schedule. To conclude the three-game road trip, the Dynamo will travel to Portland and Colorado before returning home to close out August against Vancouver at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Dynamo have won only once in their last seven road games,and have only earned 10 of their 31 points away from home. In their most recent game away from home, Houston managed to steal points from Kansas City at Sporting Park after a draw, at a place where Kansas City has not lost all season.
The Dynamo returned home last weekend and kept the struggling San Jose Earthquakes, well, struggling. Houston came up with a 2 - 1 win at BBVA Compass Stadium, but it didn't come as easy as you would think after they took a 1 - 0 lead and finished the match up a man.
After a scoreless first half with more yellow cards than shots on goal, the game stretched to the 55th minute until Houston's Damarcus Beasley broke the deadlock. Beasley took an outlet pass up the left side of the field, and made Victor Bernardes look like a schoolboy, as Beasley's one-on-one move easily found him in alone on David Bingham, sliding the ball just inside the near post.
Just five minutes later, Earthquake's midfielder Fatai Atashe picked up a second yellow card that earned him a sending off the field, leaving San Jose to finish the last half hour playing 10 vs 11.
The Quakes managed to score while down to 10 men, when Quincy Amarikwa leveled the game beating goalkeeper Joe Willis, who was making his first start for Houston with Tyler Deric on the shelf.
Midfielders Ricardo Clark and Rob Lovejoy each have hamstring issues and are listed as questionable this weekend. Defender Taylor Hunter and GK Tyler Deric are also game-time decisions for the Dynamo.
New England enters the weekend tied for fifth place in the East, with those aforementioned 31 points alongside Toronto in the standings.
The Revolution has taken seven of a possible nine points in their last three outings, with two wins over NYCFC and Toronto at home, while drawing with Chicago on the road.
The Revs have had two weeks to prepare for this game, having not played since their 3 - 1 win over Toronto on August 1.
The timing is a Catch-22, because New England has been struggling of late and slipping down in the table, but they just started to play well and didn't need to stop the momentum that they have not seen for a while.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Houston leads the recent series with 4 Wins, 3 Losses and 3 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
From 2001 to 2006, Houston had a 15-match unbeaten streak against New England, with 10 Wins and 5 Draws over the six-year stretch.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
NE -0.5 -110
Houston +0.5 -110
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
With Houston keeper Tyler Deric in question, and New England suddenly scoring again, the total has our eye as you might expect it would.
The line setters are offering a feasible line on the total, and it will lead us directly to our prediction.
The Over 2.5 at -115 is not much to ask for a 2 - 1 game at Gillette Stadium this weekend.
New England can hopefully recapture their recent run and results and use it to attempt to finish this season as they did in 2014. The Revolution went on a huge late season run last year that saw them earn their way all the way to the MLS Finals, so we know this Revs team has enough fight in them. Now, we hope they both go out understanding the necessity of points, with one of the two clubs finding a way to break the 1 - 1 tie we expect to see within the first hour. From there, the third goal will cash our ticket, so play the Over 2.5.