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That Houston Dynamo try to end a long winless drought if they die Colorado Rapids on Saturday at the BBVA Compass Stadium.
In their last game, Orange Crush lost a 2-0 decision against Minnesota United, while the Rapids drew 0-0 against Sporting Kansas City.
Prediction for this match
Over the past few months, the history of the Houston Dynamo can be summed up as good, but nowhere near good enough.
They haven’t seriously injured themselves in most of their games, but at the same time this team hasn’t done enough to win games.
After seven draws in eight games Ramos tab saw his team falter this month, losing 3-2 to Austin FC and then being dominated by the Loons last weekend.
If Dynamo is to level out the five points that separate them from a playoff position, they must begin by converting those ties into three points.
Five of the next six games will be played in Houston, where they are much more comfortable as they are one of only three MLS teams that haven’t lost at home this year.
Houston took some steps during the secondary transfer window to give their side a mid-season boost and time will tell if the new signings can help them turn this year.
The Colorado Rapids have proven year-round that you don’t need a huge budget or spend to get results.
This team entered the 2021 campaign at the bottom of the league in terms of total payroll, however Robin Fraser was a masterful tactician in developing many unknown talents on this team.
Currently in fourth place, they’ve been flying under the radar all season but with two games against the clubs above them in the Western Conference, this is an excellent opportunity for them to show that they are more contenders than contenders.
On the defensive, they have to feel pretty good after keeping the top-scoring team in their conference goalless for just the second time this year, while not allowing them a single shot on goal, the first time the Wizards have closed this season Department.
If you get a scoring chance against the Rapids, you’d better let them count as this doesn’t happen too often as the Burgundy Boys haven’t allowed more than two shots on goal in their last seven games.
Given that they have played fewer games than any team in the league, the Rapids could take first place in the Western Conference by next weekend if they can string some wins with three games over the next seven days on Saturday.
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Panama midfielder Adalberto Carrasquilla made his first appearance for Dynamo last Saturday since he was loaned by Cartagena FC in early August as a striker Corey Baird started attacking in their last two games after joining Dynamo before the end of the transfer window.
Teenager hadebe has quickly become a mainstay in Orange Crush’s defense, starting in each of the last five games since the club went on loan Jose Bizama to Charlotte Independence in the USL.
Tyler Pasher missed her last game with a right lower body injury, Ethan Bartlow is debatable with a right knee problem and Nico Lemoine is on the way with a right groin problem.
The Rapids won’t have Younes Namli available due to an unknown injury while striker Mark-Anthony Kaye made his first appearance for the Burgundy Boys last weekend and played the full 90 minutes just behind Michael Barrios.
Collen Warner made his 220th career MLS appearance last weekend, Braian Galvan started in his second game in a row, Jonathan Lewis made his first appearance since returning from the Gold Cup with the United States and his American teammate Sam Vines goes to Belgium and signs with Royal Antwerp.
Houston Dynamo possible starting line-up:
Maric; Junqua, Hadebe, Parker, Lundqvist; Vera, Carrasquilla, Corona; Rodriguez, Urruti, Baird
Colorado Rapids possible starting line-up:
Yarbrough; Rosenberry, Abubakar, Trusty; Beitashour, Price, Lewis, Badji; Rubio, Kaye, Barrios
Probability: Houston Dynamo 1-1 Colorado Rapids
The dynamo rarely creates many chances to score during a game, but it can usually convert at least one of its shots on goal into a goal.
Colorado is currently one of the strongest defensive units in the league, but doesn’t score as many goals away as at home.
Best betting tip for this match
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