Competition: Major League Soccer – Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Saturday, April 11 – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST – Sunday, April 12)
Match Odds: Houston Dynamo 21/20 – Draw 23/10 – Montreal Impact 13/5
Houston Dynamo host Montreal Impact at the BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night in what could be an intriguing MLS battle with both teams in search of a much needed win to ease fears amongst their fans for the rest of the season.
Houston come into this match with only one win under their belt all season, which came against Columbus Crew back on March 8th on the opening day. The Dynamo have also seen 259 minutes of play without scoring – the fourth longest in MLS.
Head coach Owen Coyle will be hoping his side can end the drought when they take on last season’s bottom club in Major League Soccer and although Houston have struggled to score goals, they’ve also only conceded three goals this season.Embed from Getty Images
A win is vital for the Dynamo if they want to make an assault on the Western Conference playoffs and this slow start could seriously hamper their chances this season.
If Montreal Impact could take their CONCACAF Champions League form into MLS, they would be flying. But sadly they’re not and the Impact are still awaiting their first win of the new MLS season.
Having said that, they will be boosted by the fact that they have become the first Canadian team to make that CCL Final in which they will face Club America after making it through on away goals against Alajuelense.Embed from Getty Images
Like the Dynamo, Montreal have also conceded just three goals, but scoring goals in the league is becoming a bit of a problem, especially with rookie Cameron Porter out for the rest of the season. Although, Eric Alexander and Donny Toia have been outstanding for the Impact and will be hugely important throughout the campaign.
The last meeting between these two ended in a 3-2 win for Houston Dynamo under previous head coach Dominic Kinnear. Montreal Impact did go 2-1 in front in that fixture but effectively threw the game away as they conceded twice in the second half.
Houston’s Raul Rodriguez could miss out with a head injury, while Giles Barnes is a minor doubt, but is expected to play.Embed from Getty Images
For Montreal, Cameron Porter is still a long term absentee as is Justin Mapp. There is also doubt over Adrian Lopez who has a knee injury as well as goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau who is suffering with a shoulder problem.
Houston Dynamo’s form: W/L/D/D/L
Montreal Impact’s form: L/D/D
Key Stat: Houston have only scored one goal in three home games this year, while Montreal have yet to score away in two attempts this season so there is no guarantee of goals in this one.
Key Player: Eric Alexander – The midfielder has been hugely impressive since signing for the Impact and will look to help keep another clean sheet.Embed from Getty Images
Houston Dynamo 1-0 Montreal Impact – Houston will just scrap it with a single goal to win the game. If Giles Barnes is fit, it could be him that adds to his impressive tally against Montreal.