Competition: Major League Soccer – Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Date – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)
Match Odds: Houston 5/6 – Draw 12/5 – Vancouver 3/1
Houston Dynamo welcome Vancouver Whitecaps to BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday night with both sides looking to pick up where they left off last weekend.
Houston thumped Orlando 4-0 at home, while Vancouver picked up a valuable 1-0 win away at Colorado. This will be the Whitecaps’ third-straight road game and they’ll be looking to make it three wins from three.
The Dynamo have yet to lose a home game this season, winning five of their six games in front of their own fans so far. They have looked a real force in attack, whether it’s Erick Torres or Mauro Manotas leading the line, and will be expected to pick up three more points here.
They are in fourth place and just two points off FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City at the top of the West coming into the weekend, with Vancouver three points further behind the Dynamo in sixth place.
Vancouver have really improved over the past two weeks though, picking up maximum points from tricky-looking trips to Montreal and Colorado. A third consecutive road win would really put them in a strong position.
This will be the 11th MLS meeting between the two sides. The home side has never lost the fixture, with Houston picking up three wins compared to Vancouver’s five.
Houston will be without George Malki and Eric Alexander, while Agus remains a doubt. The good news for the Dynamo is that Erick Torres has cleared the league’s concussion protocol and will be available to return to the starting lineup here.
Vancouver’s injury list just seems to worsen with each week. They now have eight players sidelined, as Brett Levis, Yordy Reyna, David Edgar, Erik Hurtado, Marco Bustos, Christian Dean, Cole Seiler and Kyle Greig are all out.
Houston Dynamo’s form: L/D/W/L/W
Vancouver Whitecaps’ form: L/W/L/W/W
Key Stat: Vancouver have never won an MLS game at BBVA Compass Stadium in four previous attempts. In fact, the away side has never won an MLS game in this fixture.
Key Player: Mauro Manotas – The Dynamo striker missed a penalty in last week’s win over Orlando before responding to score two second-half goals. He now has three this season, which is all the more impressive considering he’s only started four games. Erick Torres might start here, but expect Manotas to make a difference, even if it’s off the bench.
Houston Dynamo 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – Vancouver’s form has stepped up in recent weeks, as they’ve won their last two on the road, but Houston are unbeaten at BBVA Compass Stadium this season and have scored six in their last two home games without conceding. They should prove too strong for the Whitecaps and keep Vancouver waiting another season for their first MLS win in Houston.