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Minnesota United host Houston Dynamo at Allianz Field on Sunday in game week 17 of the Western MLS, with both teams on the hunt for a top 7 finish.
The home side are currently in a playoff spot in the last series and just five points behind is Sunday guest Houston, who has drawn many games this season.
Prediction for this match
Adrian HeathThe side have been unbeaten in four games, but their last two games ended in a 2-2 draw with late goals.
A little over a week ago, Minnesota traveled to Los Angeles FC and they had to look forward to a goal in the 95 Hassani Dotson to win a point against a team that is just above them in the table.
Last time, Minnesota was on the other end of a late goal, conceding a 94th-minute penalty that was converted by Vancouver Whitecaps. Cristian Dajomeresulting in a disappointing result for Minnesota as Vancouver struggles at the bottom of the MLS.
Heath’s side have only lost one game in their last 12 games, which was a welcome turn after starting this season with four losses on the bounce.
Minnesota will seek to replicate and improve on their 2020 campaign performance when they reached the playoff semifinals after finishing fourth in the Western Conference.
Houston are three points behind Real Salt Lake, who are in seventh place, and may blame it for the fact that it has drawn too many games, especially in the past few weeks.
Ramos tabThe team have played ten games without a win, but in that time they have drawn seven of those games and shown their fights in front of goal.
Dynamo are one of the lowest-scoring teams in Western MLS, which has been further demonstrated in their last five games.
Last time, Houston traveled to Austin and the central midfielder Darwin Ceren was sent off after 20 minutes and his teammates lost that game 3-2, bringing Austin one step closer to Houston in the table.
Their last win in the MLS came with strikes in late May Memo Rodriguez and Maximiliano Urruti were enough to beat Vancouver 2-1 at BBVA Stadium.
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Minnesota United defenders Michael Boxall was sent off after 29 minutes against San Jose Earthquakes in early July and has been sidelined since, but is expected to be back in action earlier this month.
Attacking midfielder Franco Fragapane is unlikely to be available for Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury and is not expected to return until late August.
Finland’s striker Robin Lod is Minnesota’s top scorer this season at five and has been in good shape lately after scoring three times in his last four games and providing an assist in the game where he didn’t score.
Young Niccolo Lemoine Houston has been absent from a groin injury since late June and is unlikely to return to the matchday squad this weekend.
Ceren will be serving his suspension on Sunday because of the red card he received on Thursday and Griffin Dorsey likely to start in Ceren’s absence.
Of the 27 teams competing in the national MLS, Houston has one of the lowest averages when it comes to shots on goal per game, but Urruti is Dynamo’s top scorer this season, one more goal than Minnesota’s top scorer.
Corey Baird completed his move from Los Angeles to Houston this week, making his debut against Salt Lake on Sunday and making his full debut against Austin on Thursday.
Minnesota United possible starting line-up:
Miller; Taylor, Dibassy, Kallman, Metanire; Trapp, Hayes; Reynoso, Dotson, Finlay; Lod
Houston Dynamo possible starting line-up:
Maric; Junqua, Hadebe, Parker, Valentin; Corona, Vera, Dorsey; Picault, Pasher, Baird
Probability: Minnesota United – Houston Dynamo 2-0
In form, Minnesota is a strong favorite for Sunday’s clash against Houston, and they also had a longer break from their last game as they recovered for a week, unlike Houston, who had to play on Thursday.
Minnesota are far from certain of the playoff spots in the last series, but three points on Sunday are welcomed as it could bring the team up a place in the table.
Best betting tip for this match
Our expert tipster partners at footpredictions.com forecast less than 3.5 goals in this game. Click here to see more football predictions to see what else they are predicting for this game and for more proven soccer tips.Under 3.5: data