Another weekend in the MLS begins on Friday night with a Western Conference clash between the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Houston Dynamo, a battle in which third place in the table overnight is up for grabs.
Both sides have had mixed starts to the campaign so they will be eager for a win although with various issues to resolve just avoid defeat may not be the worst option in the world it must be said.
The Western Conference table toppers from last season have made a drastically up and down start to this campaign. Having initially begun well they have now lost four of their last five matches including being absolutely mullered by the Sporting Kansas City in among that run. They don’t look overly convincing at the minute.
Kei Kamara and his injury has been a big problem for the Whitecaps and they don’t really look like finding the net without him in the side. He is set to miss out for a while longer so there are issues to be resolved by Carl Robinson and his coaching staff. It might be that they need new personnel when the transfer system reopens.
The Houston Dynamo have been hit and miss this season but they are a side who like their home comforts so we probably shouldn’t be surprised by their record. When they are at home and on form they are as exciting a side to watch in the entire division but you get the impression when they go on the road they get caught between not knowing whether to attack or defend.
To be fair to Houston they have drawn two of their three matches away from home this season but they are yet to find a win. If they are going to turn into a regular playoff side who are capable of going deep into the postseason then they need to find a way to get more consistent results on the road more regularly.
Kei Kamara remains on the sidelines for the Vancouver Whitecaps which is a blow and Jordon Mutch is also missing for this match. Kendall Waston is a yellow card away from a suspension.
Houston Dynamo have a few injuries in defensive areas with Philippe Senderos and AJ DeLaGarza both out. The latter is a long term injury victim. Kevin Garcia is another who will miss out here.
There isn’t a huge amount that I like about this match from a betting point of view. Houston’s away record would lead me to believe that the Vancouver Whitecaps should probably win this match but there’s no way I can be backing a side to win when they’ve lost four of their last five.
If Kei Kamara was going to be involved in this match then it might have been a different story but he isn’t so I have to say I don’t fancy anything here. It is a long weekend in the MLS so I’ll keep my powder dry for the remainder of it.