Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas Prediction, Preview, and Odds - 9/18/21
Houston is coming off a 1-1 draw on the road against the LA Galaxy onWednesday. Houston opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a goal by Fabrice Picault, but gave up a late equalizer in the 61st minute to share the spoils. This was the first match since Houston snapped its 16-match winless run after defeating Austin 3-0 last weekend. Houston will play without Nico Lemoine, while Adalberto Carrasquilla, Marko Maric, Corey Baird and Tyler Pasher are all questionable.
FC Dallas battled to a 3-3 draw on the road Tuesday against New York City FC. Jadar Rafeal Obrian scored a brace with goals in the fourth and 73rd minutes. Jesus Ferreira scored Dallas’ third goal in the 63rd minute. Dallas will play without Beni Redzic, Johnny Nelson, Bressan and Franco, while Jimmy Maurer is questionable
Houston Far From Playoff Contention
Houston is 12th in the MLS Western Conference standings with a record of 4-11-10, 23 points and a -9 goal difference. Houston recently snapped a 16 match winless streak and has one win, 9 draws and 8 losses in its last 18 matches. Houston is scoring an average of 1.12 goals per match and theDynamo have scored one goal or less in three of the last four matches.Fabrice Picault is the leading goal scorer for Houston with 9 and closebehind is Maximiliano Urruti with 6.
Picault leads all players for Houston in assists with 3 while Tyler Pasher and Urruti each have two. Goalkeeper Marko Maric, who is questionable for Saturday's clash against Dallas, has appeared in 21 matches for Houston and has allowed 31 goals for an average of 1.48 goals per match.
FC Dallas Backline is too Leaky
FC Dallas is 10th in the MLS Western Conference standings with a recordof 6-9-10, 27 points and a -4 goal difference. The biggest problem Dallashas faced all season is with its back line and goalkeepers as the Toroshave given up 40 goals for an average of 1.60 goals per match and at thesame time the Dallas attack cannot keep pace as the Toros have scored anaverage of only 1.44 goals per match.
The leading goal scorer for Dallas this season is Ricardo Pepi with 12.Jesus Ferreira and Jader Rafael Obrian have each scored six goals.Szabolcs Schon is leading Dallas in assists with 6 and Ferreira has five.Goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer, who is questionable with a thigh issue, hasappeared in 18 matches and allowed 26 goals for an average of 1.44 goalsper match.
Pick: Houston Dynamo +109
Although the Houston Dynamo recently had a 16-match winless streak, the club posted eight draws during the stretch and ended the streak with an impressive 3-0 victory at home against Austin and will come up big again on its home pitch Saturday versus FC Dallas. The Dallas back line andgoalkeeper have been below average all season, allowing 1.60 goals per match and keeper Jimmy Maurer is allowing an average of 1.44 goals per match and could be slowed a bit because of a thigh issue he is dealingwith.
The total has finished over the 2.5 goals per match threshold in five of Houston's last seven matches played as well as in three of the last five matches that these two rivals played head-to-head including a 2-2 draw between the two on August 21. The total has also finished over in four of the last five matches played by FC Dallas.