Competition: Major League Soccer – Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Saturday, April 25th – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST)
Match Odds: Houston 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – 19/10
Houston Dynamo face Sporting Kansas City at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night in a clash that will see the two sides moved to the Western Conference this season face off for the first of their three meetings this year.
These two have faced off in the Eastern Conference Championship game in two of the last four seasons but this year they’re both hoping to be battling in the late stages of the playoffs from the Western Conference.
Owen Coyle‘s Houston Dynamo have only won twice so far this season, but they were both at home, and they will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to three against Sporting this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
A 1-1 draw at DC United last week keeps the confidence building in Houston, and Ricardo Clark will be in fine spirits after netting in both of the Dynamo’s last two games.
Sporting Kansas City will prove tough opposition though, despite losing at LA Galaxy last week, as they had gone on an unbeaten run of four prior to that.
Houston and Sporting KC are two of five sides stuck on nine points in the Western and so this weekend’s clash gives both the chance to pull clear for now.Embed from Getty Images
They met twice in the Eastern last year, each winning at their opponents ground, as Sporting won 2-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium and the Dynamo winning 3-1 at Sporting Park.
Houston have not won at home to Sporting Kansas City in their last four attempts and will hope to end that run in front of their own fans this weekend.
Houston Dynamo coach Owen Coyle has no real injury concerns going into this one, though Oscar Boniek Garcia could miss out with a knee sprain. Giles Barnes and Will Bruin could partner each other in attack as the Dynamo look to continue their goalscoring form.
Sporting Kansas City are set to be without Ike Opara and Chance Myers (both Achilles), while Graham Zusi (hamstring) and Seth Sinovic (groin) remain doubts. Dom Dwyer will continue in attack as he looks to add to his tally of just one goal so far.
Houston Dynamo’s last five: D/D/L/W/D
Sporting Kansas City’s last five: D/W/W/D/L
Key Stat: Houston have not scored against Sporting in any of their last four meetings at BBVA Compass Stadium (D2 L2).Embed from Getty Images
Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – The Sporting KC midfielder leads MLS with five assists so far this season and is at the heart of most of the team’s productivity. If he is given space, he will hurt Houston on Saturday.
Houston Dynamo 1-1 Sporting Kansas City – Both sides have shown glimpses of quality this season but are unlikely to have enough to win this one. A draw would suit both as they can continue to put points on the board and that is the most likely outcome.