MLS Soccer Betting: Portland vs Houston
Friday, June 19th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Portland and Houston take to the field as the last Saturday game on the MLS schedule this weekend, when they meet at Providence Park at 10:30 p.m. ET.This will be the second of three regular season meetings in 2015, with Portland looking to atone for the 3 - 1 loss in Houston onMay 16at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Timbers will host both of the remaining games, with the third meeting to come onFriday, August 21. Each team advanced in their quest for the U.S Open Cup this week, as Houston took out the Austin Aztex at BBVA by a score of 2 - 0, while the Timbers were involved with one of the craziest matches we have seen in U.S Cup history.
Portland played Seattle at the Starfire Complex, where the Sounders had never suffered a defeat up to that point, and things got extremely out of control for the Sounders in extra time. Diego Valeri scored for Portland to make it 1 - 0 just three minutes into the second half, and the first of three red cards were picked up for the Sounders, after Brad Evans picked up a second yellow in the 69th minute.
Seattle was able to tie the game at 1 in the 79th minute after a goal from Obafemi Martins playing a man down, but the real story came in the 112th minute of the match. Micheal Azira was sent off with a red card and Clint Dempsey's mouth earned him a yellow card as well.
Dempsey proceeded to knock the referee's book out of his hands, and then picked it up, eventually tearing it in half, which earned him a red card as well, leaving the Sounders to finish the game with only seven men. Obafemi Martins had been carted off the field as regulation time came to a close, leaving four players off the field to finish the game.
Dempsey will hopefully be suspended for months to come, and we discussed that situation plenty in the preview for the Seattle / San Jose game, which you can find on our MLS page here at BetDSI.
Portland and Seattle will meet again onJune 28at Providence Park, and we can assume the Cascadia Cup rivalry might just pick up a bit in intensity for that one.
The Timbers will travel to Utah to face Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium onJuly 1, in the round of 16 in the U.S Cup.
The Houston Dynamo had a relatively easy time with Austin in their U.S Open Cup match, and will now face the Colorado Rapids in the round of 16.
Houston is 3 - 1 - 1 in their last five MLS outings, and are looking to win back-to-back games for only the second time this season in league play.
The Dynamo has had a relatively quiet month of June, and will only play three MLS games in the month. They defeated the Red Bulls 4 - 2 on June 5, and have only played the U.S Cup game since. They will close out June with aFridaynight MLS game at Dallas onJune 26, with their U.S Cup encounter with Colorado set forJune 30, at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Last 6 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met 6 times in MLS action, with Houston leading the series having 3 Wins, 1 Loss and 2 Draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Portland -0.5 -150
Houston +0.5 +130
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
As we approach the halfway point of the season, Portland and Houston are only separated by two points in the Western Conference standings, with the Dynamo currently outside the final playoff position in 7th place.
Diego Valeri is listed as questionable for Portland, and he will be a game-time decision, which will greatly affect the offensive outlook for the Timbers, who are only averaging a goal a game thus far in the season.
Brad Davis is not expected to play for Houston, and he will joined on the sidelines with Boniek Garcia.
We simply do not see much scoring going on in this match, with Valeri questionable and Davis out, so the Under 2.5 at even money will go in as our final recommendation for theSaturdaymatches. We are expecting a 1 - 1 draw, and there is certainly some value in that play at +285, so you should consider both the Under 2.5 at +100, and the Draw at +285 at Providence Park.