MLS Soccer: Orlando City vs Houston
Thursday, March 12th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Houston Dynamo kicks off their home opener at BBVA compass Stadium, as they play host to expansion Orlando City under theFridaynight lights. The two teams meet for the first time, with Orlando making their first road stop in their inaugural year. Houston finished 2014 with a home record that showed 8 wins, 5 losses and 4 Draws, accounting for 28 of their 39 points on the season.
Since we obviously only have one game in the books this year, all we can take from what we have seen so far is that Houston snuck out a 1 - 0 win over Columbus last weekend. They get to start the year with back to back home games before heading to California where they will take on the Galaxy in their first road game.
The 1 - 0 win looks good in the standings, but the statistics of the win show otherwise. Houston got outplayed in almost every category, including a 40-60 possession, and were outshot 18 - 8 with Columbus getting 6 corners to Houston's lone attempt.
It was, however, good enough for Houston GK Tyler Deric to get the first MLS player of the week honor of the season.
Orlando City eked out a 1 - 1 draw with New York City FC in their home opener, with a 91st-minute deflected free kick from Kaka that should have never found its way to the net. The only reason we could say it was a well-deserved point was because, if you watched the match, Orlando City really did outplay NYC. However we break it down, both teams came away with an opening day point, so Orlando now has to travel a bit west to take on Houston.
The city of Orlando has certainly tried to give Kaka, an aging Brazilian who has stated in the press that he wants to impress team Brazil enough to get a call back to the National Team, the biggest ego boost they can with a glorious welcome and fanfare. To have credit for the team’s first and only goal makes it seem worthwhile so far, but all of us who follow European football know Kaka rather well and he is not someone known to be the one who wears number 10, expected to carry the offensive load of a club. Not to say he is not skilled or capable, but he has always been a much better complementary player to someone else to help the front, not be the guy week in and week out.
They really didn't look all that impressive in their home opener. Again it took 91 minutes and a quirky goal to salvage a draw, but NYC didn't exactly do much on their end either, only putting up one shot on goal, although they scored on it.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
First Ever Meeting
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Orlando City +280
Orlando City +0.5 -115
Houston -0.5 -105 Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction Quick Analysis:
It would be hard, if not even wrong, to suggest an Over for two reasons here. One, we have the MLS week 1 player of the week goalkeeper on one end of the field and two, we have an Orlando City team that expects Kaka to score for them. Not to say Orlando City cannot score without him, because before he was there this team was a nightmare to try and stop on plenty of occasions on their way to MLS.
Call it early nerves if you like, but in just seeing how both clubs came out of the gate, this is almost the same experience as opening day for City. Since they are experiencing their first MLS road match, they still feel like it is opening day all over again.
We are suggesting this Under 2/5 at even money, just to see if what we saw carries over in to the second week of the season.