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MLS Preview and Prediction: Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy

Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Saturday, July 25 – 21:00 ET (Sunday, July 26 – 02:00 BST)

Match Odds: Houston Dynamo 11/5 – Draw 23/10 – LA Galaxy 5/4

Match Preview

Houston Dynamo host LA Galaxy in a Western Conference clash which should be full of action. Dynamo come into the game after their 2-0 loss away at Real Salt Lake. They are sitting ninth in the Western Conference, level on points with bottom side Colorado Rapids.

Owen Coyle’s side have struggled for form, winning once in their last five outings and this will be stern test for Dynamo.

Houston can take some hope from Galaxy’s poor form on the road but know that will mean nothing when the game kicks off.

This is the third meeting between the sides this season, with Houston taking just one point from the previous two games.

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LA Galaxy come into this one off the back of last weekend’s demolition of San Jose Earthquakes, which saw new signing Steven Gerrard in the thick of the action, netting his first goal for the club.

Bruce Arena will be willing his side on to end their 16 game winless run on the road. Galaxy should be full of confidence, nobody more so than Robbie Keane, who bagged a hat-trick in that 5-2 win.

Galaxy have four wins in their last five games, they are now sitting second in the Western Conference and will want to push on to get to the top of the pile.

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Team News

Houston Dynamo will be without Rob Lovejoy. Boniek Garcia and Alex are doubtful. Both Kofi Sarkodie and Luis Garrido are suspended while Ricardo Clark, Giles Barnes, Jermaine Taylor and Raul Rodriguez are all one booking away from suspension.

LA Galaxy have three injury concerns. Brian Perk is out while Jose Villarreal and Mika Vayrynen are doubts. Robbie Rogers is suspended and Baggio Husidic is one caution away from a ban.

Key Points

Houston Dynamo last five in MLS: L/L/D/W/L

LA Galaxy’s last five in MLS: W/W/L/W/W

Key Stat: Homesick – LA Galaxy have failed to win in their last 16 regular season games on the road.

Key Player: Steven Gerrard – Galaxy’s latest big name scored in the win last weekend and with his vast qualities we can expect him to be pivotal to his side.

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Score Prediction

Houston Dynamo 1-2 LA Galaxy – Galaxy to finally put the unwanted winless run to an end and build upon their recent good run of form.

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About Lewis Addley (596 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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