Competition: Major League Soccer – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Houston Dynamo
Venue: BC Place – Saturday, May 28 – 18:00 ET (23:00 BST)
Match Odds: Vancouver 6/5 – Draw 12/5 – Houston 11/5
Vancouver come into this one off the back of their 4-2 loss away at Portland, a result that ended a three-game winning streak.
The Whitecaps sit 4th in the Western Conference, trailing top spot by seven points. They will see this as a game there for the taking against a Houston side who have struggled this season.
Carl Robinson will have his players well prepared for this one and they have shown excellent form at BC Place, going unbeaten in their last six.
Houston Dynamo come into this tie after parting company with head coach Owen Coyle during the week. Recent form has been disappointing and last weekend’s result was the Scotsman’s final game in charge. Their 1-0 loss away at Chicago closed the gap between the bottom two sides in the Supporters’ Shield standings to just one point.
The away side have lost seven of their last ten outings. A possible recovery looked underway until last weekend and they have now won just two in their last five.
Dynamo are bottom of the Western Conference, trailing the top six by eight points. This is starting to look like it could be a long season for the Houston fans, who will be willing their side to find form and regain confidence.
Vancouver Whitecaps could be without up to four as Christian Dean, Deybi Flores and Masato Kudo are all expected to miss out. Fraser Aird is a doubt. Both Octavio Rivero and Blas Perez are one caution away from suspension and will need to watch their step.
Houston Dynamo have two injury concerns, as both Raul Rodriguez and DaMarcus Beasley are doubts.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ form: L/W/W/W/L
Houston Dynamo’s form: L/W/L/W/L
Key Stat: Homesick – Houston have lost their last ten away MLS outings.
Key Player: Pedro Morales – The Vancouver midfielder has had a great influence on their season so far, he is their top scorer with six goals and will look to fire the home side to victory again here.
Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 Houston Dynamo – This should be a routine three points for Vancouver, but they cannot afford to have any lapses in concentration otherwise they risk allowing Houston into the game. Houston just need to get a lucky break, last weekend was a good chance of them getting back-to-back wins, which would have put them in a far better position heading into this one.