Competition: Major League Soccer – Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Wednesday, September 23 – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST)
Match Odds: Houston Dynamo 7/5 – Draw 5/2 – Sporting Kansas City 9/5
Houston Dynamo face Sporting Kansas City in a midweek clash which should be worth a watch. The two sides are playing out their third and final regular season tie against each other in the Western Conference.
Dynamo come into this one off the back of their 2-0 loss away against Philadelphia Union, their second defeat on the bounce.
They sit ninth in the Western Conference, six points outside the playoff places, so there is still a chance for them to make the cut, but they would need to win all their remaining games to realistically stand any chance.
Houston drew the earlier meeting between the two at BBVA Compass Stadium but will be hoping to take all three points in this one.Embed from Getty Images
Sporting Kansas City are sitting comfortably in fifth on 44 points and could potentially top the Western Conference if they were to win both their games in hand, so they have a lot to play for.
They come into the tie off the back of their solid 3-1 home win against FC Dallas which was their first win in five outings and they will be hoping that poor run of form doesn’t cost them.
Both the previous meetings in the season between the sides have ended in a draw. The previously mentioned draw at BBVA Compass Stadium was the eight goal thriller, as the sides shared the points in that stunning 4-4 draw back in April.
SKC will fancy their chances of winning this one and they will take confidence from the fact that their opponents have three out of their last five home games.
Houston Dynamo coach Owen Coyle has a few injury concerns. Jermaine Taylor remains out, while DeMarcus Beasley, Alex, Kofi Sarkodie and Luis Garrido are questionable. Raul Rodriguez is suspended following his accusation of yellow cards, while Ricardo Clark and Sheanon Williams are one away from suspension.
Sporting Kansas City are without Ike Opara and Roger Espinoza. Amobi Okugo and Tim Melia are doubts. Paulo Nagamura, Benny Feilhaber and Matt Besler and all one away from suspension.
Houston Dynamo’s last five: D/L/W/L/L
Sporting Kansas City’s last five: L/L/D/L/W
Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City are unbeaten in ten of their last 11 games against Houston Dynamo in all competitions.
Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – The Sporting KC playmaker has netted ten goals in 27 appearances this season. He has been pivotal to his side, as he has created 61 chances and notched an astonishing ten assists too.Embed from Getty Images
Houston Dynamo 1-2 Sporting Kansas City – SKC to take all three points in a tight tie and continue their solid run of performances against their opponents.