Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo Prediction, Preview and Odds - 5/15/21
Colorado Rapids vs Houston Dynamo
Colorado Rapids are sixth in the Western Conference of the MLS after four matches played with a record of 2-1-1 with 7 points and a 0 goal difference. Colorado defeated MLS Cup finalists Minnesota United 3-2 in its most recent fixture. Scoring for Colorado in that victory were Kellyn Acosta in the 57th minute, Cole Bassett in the 71st minute and Danny Wilson scored the winning goal in the 82nd minute.
Houston Dynamo is fourth in the Western Conference standings of the MLS with a record of 2-2-1 and 8 points with a +1 goal difference. Houston Dynamo defeated Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on Wednesday in a midweek MLS matchup. Maximiliano Urruti scored the only goal of the match for Houston Dynamo in the 56th minute to give the club the win and another three points.
Colorado Backline and Keeper Playing Well Early
Although Colorado is sixth in the Western Conference standings of the MLS, the Rapids have received strong play from their backline and keepers. Colorado has two clean sheets in its first four matches played this season including a 0-0 draw to open the season against FC Dallas and a 1-0 victory on the road against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Through its first four matches of the regular season, Colorado is allowing an average of only 1.67 goals per game
Colorado's attack has been inconsistent as the Rapids have been held scoreless once, scored two goals twice and three goals once. Colorado is scoring an average of 1.67 goals per game behind balanced scoring as 5 players for the Rapids have each scored one goal including Paul Bassett, Diego Rubio, Danny Wilson, Andre Shinyashiki and Kellyn Acosta.
Houston needs help scoring
The Houston Dynamo have won two of their first five matches of the MLS regular-season ans have had problems putting the ball in the net. This season Houston has taken 59 shots but only 18 have been on target. The Dynamo have scored six goals and are scoring an average of just 1.20 goals per match. Maximiliano Urruti is the leading goal scorer for Houston with 2 and four players for the Dynamo have each add one assist.
The backline and keepers for Houston have kept matches close and are the biggest reason the Dynamo are fourth in the Western Conference standings through five matches played. Houston has allowed 5 goals for an average of only 1.00 per match. Houston's back line and keepers have posted one clean sheet in five matches, but have allowed more than one goal just once in the first five outings.
Side: Houston Dynamo +270
Houston's back line and keepers are allowing an average of only 1.00 goals per game and will keep the Colorado Rapids forwards and midfielders from taking any open shots within the box on Saturday. Colorado has been held scoreless twice this season through four matches and has been held to one goal in two of the first four matches. Houston well push forward early and often to pressure the Colorado back line and take as many shots as possible. Maximiliano Urruti will lead the charge for the Dynamo in a victory on the road Saturday.
Total: Under 3.5
Colorado has been held scoreless once this season and has scored just one goal on two other occasions while Houston has scored two goals once and one goal in each of the other five matches played. Look for both clubs to bring their midfielders back into their own box to protect their goal resulting in a low scoring outcome.