Competition: Major League Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo
Venue: Avaya Stadium – Friday, August 19 – 23:00 ET (04:00 BST)
Match Odds: San Jose 5/6 – Draw 23/10 – Houston 100/30
San Jose are in a solid run of form, going unbeaten in their last five. They come into this one off the back of their 2-1 away win over Vancouver.
Dominic Kinnear will be pleased how his side have been performing of late but there is still plenty of work to be done. The Quakes are sitting 7th in the West, but if they win their two games in hand they could push their way up to 4th place.
This is a tie San Jose will see as a winnable one. They are unbeaten against Houston this season, winning one and drawing the other. This is an opportunity for Kinnear’s side to go unbeaten in the series in the 2016 regular season and keep playoff hopes alive.
Houston Dynamo are struggling for form. Their 1-1 draw with Toronto last time out extended their winless run to six games.
The Dynamo have now won just once in their last 12 regular season outings. They sit bottom of the West and things don’t seem to be getting any easier.
Worryingly for Houston their winless streak on the road now stands at 20 games. It will be a very tough ask to bring that run to an end in this one.
Houston haven’t managed to score in their last three on their travels and they face a San Jose side who have lost just once in their last 16 home outings.
San Jose Earthquakes have six injury concerns heading into this one as Marc Pelosi, Mark Sherrod, Clarence Goodson, Bryan Meredith and Kofi Sarkodie all out, while Innocent Emeghara is a doubt.
Houston Dynamo have five injury concerns ahead of this tie as DaMarcus Beasley is out, while Tyler Deric, Ricardo Clark, Raul Rodriguez and Agus are all doubts.
San Jose Earthquakes’ last five: W/D/D/D/W
Houston Dynamo’s last five: L/D/D/L/D
Key Stat: Homesick – Houston Dynamo have failed to win in their last 20 Major League Soccer away games.
Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – The San Jose forward has netted nine goals so far this season. Give him a chance in this one and he’ll put it away.
San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Houston Dynamo – San Jose to heap more misery on their Western Conference rivals as Houston’s struggles on the road will continue. The home side know they need to continue their form at Avaya Stadium to ensure they work their way up the West with the postseason rapidly approaching.