Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Houston Dynamo
Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, April 18th – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: DC United 19/20 – Draw 23/10 – Houston Dynamo 3/1
United remain unbeaten at home in 2015 and are now unbeaten in their last eleven home matches in MLS, so form is against Houston for this clash.
DC have yet to deliver a performance that justifies their league position, yet they remain a force in MLS despite putting in some below-par performances.
Though you have to assume that the performances will improve once star striker Fabian Espindola returns from suspension at the end of April.
DC United’s 2015 MLS record: P5 – W3 – D1 – L1
Houston have stuttered into the new season with an opening day victory and then a winless run of four. That run ended last time out as they beat Montreal Impact 3-0 and they will be hoping to build on that result on the road in this one.
With Houston yet to win away from home in 2015, it’s tough to see past a home win here, though you can never rule anything out.
An away win for Houston would be a shock but MLS is known for its unpredictability as we saw with the Rapids beating Dallas away last week.
Houston Dynamo’s 2015 MLS record: P6 – W2 – D2 – L2
The Dynamo can look to improve in the next few weeks knowing that new signing, Erick Torres, will be arriving soon. Until then Will Bruin and Giles Barnes will need to continue to lead the attack, with Barnes already on two goals this season.
DC United: Eddie Johnson, Markus Halsti, Steve Birnbaum and Collin Martin all remain out. Fabian Espindola is serving the last of his six-game ban and Nick DeLeon is a doubt so Michael Farfan could deputise.
Houston Dynamo: Raul Rodriguez and Oscar Boniek Garcia are both expected to shake off minor injuries to start the game, while Giles Barnes should continue up front for the Dynamo.
DC United’s last five in MLS: W/L/W/W/D
Houston Dynamo’s last five in MLS: L/D/D/L/W
Key Stat: DC United have only conceded four goals this season, all while playing the New York Red Bulls, and will look to record a fourth clean sheet against the Dynamo on Saturday.
Key Player: Chris Pontius – The front man is key to the DC attack as they look to hurt teams on the counter, and stealing three points is a specialty of DC’s. Pontius will look to link up with Arrieta to prove the difference in this one.
DC United 1-0 Houston Dynamo – DC to edge another one at home by the one goal as Houston’s troubles away from home look set to continue.