MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo
Venue: StubHub Center – Saturday, June 17 – 23:00 (04:00 BST)
Match Odds: LA Galaxy 10/11 – Draw 5/2 – Houston 11/4

Match Preview

An all Western Conference clash will take place at StubHub Center on Saturday evening as LA Galaxy welcome the travelling Houston Dynamo.

LA have been underwhelming for the most part this season, but have picked up in recent weeks and are now unbeaten in six games. They come into this one having seen their three-game winning streak come to an end with a draw away at DC.

Curt Onalfo will be expecting his side to continue their unbeaten run here as they are working their way towards a playoff spot. Galaxy are just one point out of the top six with two games in hand and if they had six extra points on the board they’d only be four points off the top of the West.

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Houston Dynamo come into this one in a bit of a rut of form. They have put in some excellent performances in 2017 but have dropped off the pace somewhat.

Wilmer Cabrera’s side have won just once in their last five games but are still in a strong position as they sit third in the West and could be top if they had the extra three points on offer to them from their game in hand.

Houston have only won one of their last seven on the road and it’s not a great time to be playing against a Galaxy side who have recently hit form.

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Team News

LA Galaxy’s injury woes continue and they are looking likely to be without six. Robbie Rogers, Sebastian Lletget, Baggio Husidic, Daniel Steres and Brian Rowe are out, while Jermaine Jones is a doubt. Giovani Dos Santos is away at the Confederations Cup with Mexico.

Houston could be without up to three for this fixture as George Malki and Erik Alexander both remain out, while Romell Quioto is a doubt.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s form: D/W/W/W/D

Houston Dynamo’s form: L/L/D/W/L

Key Stat: Houston Dynamo have been struggling on the road, they have lost six of their last seven and look unlikely to see their luck on the road improve this weekend.

Key Player: Romain Alessandrini – The French attacker hasn’t scored in three games but he does have six goals and six assists in 13 starts this season. He’ll be looking to provide the difference here.

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Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 2-1 Houston Dynamo – While Galaxy are the in-form team heading into this tie they must not forget how well Houston have played this season. It has the makings of a cagey affair, but given Houston’s struggles on the road, three points look likely for LA Galaxy.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo

Venue: StubHub Center – Saturday, March 21 – 22:30 ET (02:30 GMT – Sunday, March 22)

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 4/9 – Draw 16/5 – Houston Dynamo 13/2

Match Preview

LA Galaxy host the Houston Dynamo at the StubHub Center late on Saturday night in what could be an entertaining MLS game.

LA approach this game after earning a last gasp equaliser in Portland last weekend to deny the Timbers of two points and they will be hoping to get back to winning ways in front of their own fans.

The Galaxy have all the assets to challenge for the MLS Cup again this season and have had to deal with the huge loss of Landon Donovan.

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However, with starting berths being given to Jose Villarreal and goalkeeper Brian Rowe, the Galaxy have managed to go two games unbeaten.

Bruce Arena will be hoping for a less dramatic result this time out, as they are clear favourites to win this one.

Houston have started slower than most in MLS this season yet remain mid-table and have struggled to get out of first gear under new boss Owen Coyle.

The 1-0 loss to Orlando at home last weekend was yet another disappointment for the Dynamo as an own goal from Tyler Deric settled the game.

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Houston seemed to lack a bit of creativity and the 4-4-2 system Owen Coyle is deploying makes the Dynamo a little flat, especially when you consider he played Oscar Boniek Garcia and Giles Barnes up front against Orlando, who are both not recognised strikers.

Like all changes in manager, success will take time. However, if the Dynamo perform well at the StubHub Center, they have the players to produce a result.

Team News

LA Galaxy have no injury concerns ahead of this weekend. We’re expecting the same team that took to the field in Portland. Baggio Husidic will continue in midfield with Juninho and Brian Rowe should start his third successive game in MLS.

Houston Dynamo’s Raul Rodriguez is a doubt after missing the Orlando game with a hamstring injury. Will Bruin is likely to come in, with Oscar Boniek Garcia moving back out to the right wing.

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Key Points

LA Galaxy’s form: W/D

Houston Dynamo’s form: W/L

Key Stat: LA Galaxy are undefeated in their last 20 home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Gyasi Zardes – The USMNT star is set to partner captain Robbie Keane once again. Zardes is a star player for this Galaxy side now and he is always a threat to goal.

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Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 2-0 Houston Dynamo – This should be a routine win for the Galaxy against a Houston side still adapting to life under Owen Coyle.