Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo
Venue: PPL Park – Sunday, September 20 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 11/10 – Draw 13/5 – Houston Dynamo 9/4
Only winning two of their last nine, Philly have shown a recent run of form that justifies their current standing of ninth in the Eastern Conference. However, they only remain three points off the playoffs even if Montreal Impact (currently sixth) have three games in hand.
They are without a win in their last four matches though, so the Union may struggle to seal three points here.
Philadelphia Union’s record in MLS: P29 – W8 – D6 – L15
Houston Dynamo haven’t been much better this season, having only won twice away all season. Owen Coyle’s men will feel that this has been another year of transition but they will also feel that they should be higher than they are in the standings.
The Dynamo finally have star striker Erick Torres back but he has yet to complete 90 minutes for them. If he gains full match fitness, he could be vital to any playoff hopes the Dynamo still have in the West.
Currently six points off the playoffs, Houston have it all to do, but it’s not unmanageable and a win in Philadelphia would keep hopes alive.Embed from Getty Images
They will need to transform their form to stand any chance as they are without a win in their last five away matches in MLS.
Houston Dynamo’s record in MLS: P28 – W9 – D8 – L11
Philadelphia Union will be without Jimmy McLaughlin who is suffering with concussion. Maurice Edu and Andrew Wenger are both doubtful.
Houston Dynamo are missing Jermaine Taylor, DaMarcus Beasley, Kofi Sarkodie and Luis Garrido through injury. Midfielder Alex is doubtful with a right hamstring strain. Raul Rodriguez is suspended through yellow card accumulation.
Philadelphia Union’s last five: D/W/L/W/L
Houston Dynamo’s last five: L/D/L/W/L
Key Stat: Houston have won only once in their last ten matches on the road in MLS.
Key Player: Brad Davis – Fully fledged USMNT veteran Davis is integral to the Dynamo and has either assisted or scored in his last four games for Houston.Embed from Getty Images
Philadelphia Union 1-1 Houston Dynamo – This one really could go either way. You can expect a goal fest that could see an open, entertaining affair or it could be a boring draw. We expect both teams to score in a tight contest, but we’re hoping for some goal action.