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There will be plenty to do in the Texas Derby this weekend as the Houston Dynamo host Dallas from the BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday.
Orange Crush have been without a win in their last 13 games while the Toros are undefeated after four games in a row.
Prediction for this match
It’s no secret that things didn’t go according to plan Ramos tab and his team in recent months as they dropped to 12th place in the Western Conference.
Houston was right in the middle of the playoff race earlier this season, but her position has changed dramatically since late May, with her last win on May 22nd against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The problem lately has been slow starts, conceding the opening goal in each of the last four games, with all of those goals falling under 15 minutes on the clock.
These team do not do well when fighting their way back into a game as they have not yet won the first goal they conceded this season.
However, they also left a lot of points on the table and wasted eleven of the winning positions in their 2021 season.
It may seem like they have a mountain to climb, but a couple of wins can change their fortunes as they are currently six points behind the Portland Timbers for final playoff spot, even though they are currently four teams above them.
On Wednesday, Dallas wasted a strong performance against the Seattle Sounders and lost their second straight game as they are currently three points behind a playoff spot.
The Toros had 65% of the ball possession against the leaders of the Western Conference and clicked 87% for accuracy, but could only get two shots on goal.
Luchi Gonzalez must be disappointed that his side have come away empty-handed in the past two weeks despite having had some chances against Sporting Kansas City and the Rave Green.
They will feel much better about their game on the road as they are unbeaten in the last two away games and give KC their first home defeat of the season.
They haven’t won in Houston since the 2016 season and are goalless in their two away games in 2020.
Their next three games are away where they have had some trouble this season and have lost seven of their nine away games.
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Marko Maric made his 43rd career start in Gate for Houston while on Wednesday Adam Lundqvist made his 15th appearance of the season in defense and his 80th of all time for Dynamo and Teenager hadebe earned its seventh start.
Houston is still without Nico Lemoine with a right groin injury, Ethan Bartlow is questionable with right thigh loading, Tyler Pasher has an injury to the right lower body and Corey Baird has a lower body injury.
Darwin Ceren made his 70th regular season appearance for Houston earlier this week. Zarek Valentin achieved his 170th MLS cap and Fafa Picault made his 125th appearance in Major League Soccer and only takes four more starts to reach 100.
Dallas midfielder Kalil ElMedkhar made his third career MLS appearance while on Wednesday Beni Redzic missed another game with an ankle sprain, John Nelson has a back injury and Paxton Pomykal still has a knee problem.
Brixen returned from his yellow card suspension and started defending against the Sounders instead of Matte hedges, while Bryan Acosta started on Wednesday for the first time since July 8th and Jader Obrian took the place of the injured Paxton Pomykal on the wing.
Your top scorer Ricardo Pepi has been without a goal in his last five games, with his previous recordings including a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy in late July when he scored a hat trick.
Houston Dynamo possible starting line-up:
Maric; Lundqvist, Hadebe, Figueroa, Valentin; Ceren, Garcia; Picault, Corona, Rodriguez; Urruti
Dallas possible starting line-up:
Bricklayer; Twumasi, Hedges, Bressan, Hollingshead; Cerillo, Acosta; Vargas, Ferreira, Ricaurte; Pepi
Probability: Houston Dynamo 1-2 Dallas
Dynamo aren’t building enough chances to score three points over 90 minutes and they’ve been sloppy on the defensive lately, conceding 10 goals in their last three games.
Dallas have been goalless in their last two games but they have at least shown more fighting and aggressiveness and we should see a lot of desperation from them going into this Texas derby.
Best betting tip for this match
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