Competition: Major League Soccer – Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Friday, July 3 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)
Match Odds: Houston Dynamo 6/5 – Draw 5/2 – Chicago Fire 11/5
Owen Coyle’s men have suffered back-to-back defeats away from home, suffering losses at Portland Timbers and FC Dallas both by the scoreline of 2-0 in their last two games.
Home comforts at BBVA Compass Stadium has seen Houston Dynamo pick up valuable wins over higher placed teams like New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers and also Columbus Crew, scoring eight goals in those three matches.Embed from Getty Images
After this game they play consecutive away games again, this time in San Jose before a visit to Real Salt Lake in what are two very tough fixtures against Western rivals.
They will need Will Bruin back to his best and ready to add more goals to his impressive tally of seven for the season.
Chicago Fire are on a poor run of form with no wins in their last four matches and no wins in the seven matches the Fire have played away from Toyota Park.
Their dreadful away form needs to change. With only two points picked up on the road, it’s clear to see why they are struggling at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings.
Top scorer David Accam is still set to miss out having been absent for the defeat at home to DC United last week in what is a huge worry for Frank Yallop and his side as they look to win for the first time in five attempts at BBVA Compass Stadium.Embed from Getty Images
The last meeting between the two saw Chicago Fire run out 2-1 winners over Houston Dynamo in what was also the last game for former head coach Dominic Kinnear, while the Dynamo won the last game in Houston by a 2-0 scoreline.
Houston Dynamo will be without Rob Lovejoy (hamstring).
Chicago Fire will still be missing Shaun Maloney (bulging disc), David Accam (hamstring) and also Patrick Nyarko (knee).
Houston Dynamo last five in MLS: L/D/W/L/L
Chicago Fire last five in MLS: W/L/L/L/L
Key Stat: Chicago Fire have not won any of their last 15 away games in MLS.
Key Player: Giles Barnes – The Englishman has hit six goals and has one assist to his name this season. Last season’s Dynamo MVP will look to a lowly Chicago Fire to continue impressing with goals and grabbing assists.Embed from Getty Images
Houston Dynamo 2-0 Chicago Fire – A comfortable win for Houston as they end successive defeats with victory in front of their home fans. Chicago Fire on the other hand look to be without a win in five after this.