LAFC host Houston Dynamo at their Banc of California Stadium in the last match of Saturday’s MLS program. These two sides are just three points away from one another, with the note that Houston sits sixth, in the playoff zone, unlike the team from LA. However, according to the bookmakers, Bob Bradley’s guys are one of the favorites for winning the MLS Cup, while Dynamo isn’t anywhere near that status. FC is a massive favorite for winning this event as well, because they have much better players than the guests from Texas.
LAFC (-250) posted just two victories this season, and has one triumph over the recent six games, which is far under the expectations. With Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi up front, this team should deliver more than just eight goals in seven matches.
Though, we can’t say that the offensive part of LAFC’s team is to blame because of poor results, as this unit scored in all hut one match since the campaign started. The defense has multiple problems as well. For instance, in the previous four games, they’ve conceded two or more goals on three occasions.
Overall, LAFC’s games are usually interesting, with goals on both sides. To be precise, that happened five times in seven matches.
Houston Dynamo (+600) started the season very well, making solid improvements comparing to the previous year. After eight games, Tab Ramos’ side has 11 points, with a total goal difference of 11-12.
We need to mention one thing here, which is characteristic of this club, and that is the massive difference between results at home and on the road. Dynamo has only one point won away from home in the 2021 season, won against Dallas, 1-1.
Like LAFC, they too play matches with both teams scoring, and seven of their eight ended like that. Furthermore, the latest three were both teams netting and over 2.5 goals.
Deigo Palacios is out for the hosts, as he plays for Ecuador at Copa America.
Sam Junqua and Ethan Bartlow are injured and aren’t in the protocol for tonight’s event. Tyler Pasher is out as well, also due to an injury.
Head to Head Games
Dynamo hosted LAFC on May first, and that match ended without winners, 1-1. Corey Baird scored the opener, bringing the lead to the guests in the 55th minute. Though, only two minutes later, Pasher would level the result, setting the final score.
What is important to tell is that all 8 matches these two clubs played finished with both teams to score and over 2.5 goals.
LAFC should win this one because they are a better team, with a far superior squad, and also because Houston tends to perform awfully on the road. It is some sort of a mental block that simply prevents Ramos’ players from reaching their true potential, and an experienced unit like LAFC will utilize such convenience without any trouble. Those who want a bit higher profits go with LAFC wins with an Asian handicap -1.5 goals.
Pick: LAFC wins
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