Competition: Major League Soccer – Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Tuesday, May 5th – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST)
Match Odds: Houston 6/5 – Draw 11/5 – 23/10
The Quakes head coach spent nine years with the Dynamo and will return to BBVA Compass Stadium looking for victory with his San Jose team.
Both these sides played on Friday night and will hope the four days rest won’t affect their performances in this key Western Conference battle.
Houston and San Jose are two of four teams tied on ten points in the Western and need to start winning more games to climb the table.
The Dynamo have only won twice this season, both of which were at home, but they come into the game needing to desperately improve from that 4-1 home defeat at the hand of FC Dallas on Friday night.
Owen Coyle has watched his team concede eight times over the past two weeks and will be urging his players to defend better when San Jose arrive on Tuesday.
The Earthquakes drew 1-1 with Real Salt Lake away from home on Friday and Tuesday’s trip to Houston will be the club’s third straight road game.
Kinnear has only seen his side win three times this season and with one victory in five now, things need to start improving quickly.
San Jose last won in Houston in 2010 but Dominic Kinnear will hope that his knowledge of the Dynamo team can prove decisive as the Quakes look for all three points.
These two sides met early on in preseason as the Dynamo beat San Jose 3-2 in Arizona and we are all hoping for an equally entertaining game this time around.
Houston Dynamo have only one concern as Oscar Boniek Garcia is struggling with a knee sprain and is doubtful for the game. Giles Barnes will continue in attack after netting his fifth of the season in the defeat to Dallas on Friday.
San Jose Earthquakes will be without four players for the trip to Houston as Mark Sherrod (knee), Steven Lenhart (knee), Shaun Francis (face) and Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (ankle) are all ruled out. Jordan Stewart is in contention to start after making the bench on Friday. Chris Wondolowski could have to play deeper again if Kinnear opts to start Innocent Emeghara as the lone striker once more.
Houston Dynamo’s last five: L/W/D/D/L
San Jose Earthquakes’ last five: L/L/W/L/D
Key Stat: San Jose have failed to win in 16 of their last 17 away games in MLS.
Key Player: Giles Barnes – The English forward has five goals this season and seems to be carrying the Dynamo through some poor form. He will expect to add to his tally against a Quakes side that hasn’t kept an away clean sheet so far this campaign.
Houston Dynamo 2-2 San Jose Earthquakes – Goals are expected in this one after Houston’s recent form will leave fans dreading another four-goal defensive failure. Despite both sides’ patchy form, they should be out to win this game, though that could result in a close contest. Score draw.