MLS Soccer Betting: Vancouver vs Houston
Saturday, October 24th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Vancouver Whitecaps will be looking for their second piece of hardware this year, as they hope to add an MLS Cup to their Canadian Championship trophy earned in August. Vancouver enters #DecisionDay around MLS in third place in the Western Conference standings, one point behind the defending champion Galaxy who are also seeking home field advantage in the semifinals.
With Dallas having already clinched home field advantage through the conference finals, the Whitecaps will be keeping an eye on the Galaxy vs Sporting KC game, hoping to see either a draw or a Sporting win to give them the potential for the 2 seed.
The caps will need a result of their own to not only keep their own position, but to avoid sliding further down the standings, which could see them fall as far as fifth should they lose and become dependent on other results on the final day of the regular season. The Caps have five midfielders on the injury report this weekend. Ben McKendry has been out after surgery to repair a torn meniscus, and Pedro Morales has a right hammy strain and is listed as out for the final regular season game.Nicolas Mezquida and Cristian Techera are questionable with hamstring issues, while Mauro Rosales deals with an abductor strain. Pa Modou Ka is also suspended this weekend for Vancouver for accumulation of yellow cards.
Since their victory over Montreal in the Canadian Championships, the Whitecaps have been miserable in not just their late season MLS run, but also in their Champions League campaign. Vancouver has lost both of their Champions League outings, and has gone winless in their last five MLS affairs since earning their first Canadian title, scoring only two goals over that span.
Houston was officially eliminated from playoff potential last weekend, after their 1 - 1 draw with Seattle at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Dynamo were a fantastic home team this year, taking 31 points at BBVA with a 9 - 4 - 4 record, but it was in their travels that the team was unable to string together any results, and have the worst road record in the Western Conference.
Houston did take out Vancouver in their only meeting this year at BBVA Compass Stadium that came on August 28 in the first game for Vancouver after taking their Canadian title. The Whitecaps had two players sent off with red cards in the outing that might have given us the worst second half performance in the entire MLS this year.
Last 6 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have only met 6 times in their MLS history, and the series is tied at 3 Wins apiece for Vancouver and Houston.
Those numbers will start to increase as Houston now appears in the Western Conference, after making the move from the East with Sporting KC to make room for Orlando City and NYCFC.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Vancouver -1 -105
Houston +1 -115
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Vancouver will likely face big trouble in the middle of the field with so much of their midfield absent from injuries, and Houston would love nothing more than to make the Whitecaps life tougher with a rare road win.
The Caps can't score, and that presents a bit of a problem since the last we checked, you can't win any game in this league without at least one ball finding the net.
We offer the Houston +1 at -115 in this contest, expecting a low scoring game with two offenses that have been downright offensive at times this year.
Even if we see a push on the action in a 2 - 1 type of affair, that would do nothing but give us our money back to invest in a playoff game up the road.