Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers – MLS : This can be the less spectacular encounter of the weekend on the Major League Soccer…
But that doesn’t mean it will be a bad match to bet on.
The Western Conference champions arrives at the play-off with doubts about the condition of their striker, but the most likely scenario is that manager Caleb Porter ends up resting him for the next matches.
Therefore, we will see the Portland Timbers playing without their main finishing element in the box.
That increases the responsibility on Diego Valeri, who has been in great form for the last couple of months, since he ended up being the main responsible for bringing the team to the top spot of this Conference.
The Argentinian plays very loose, as a second striker, practically only having attacking duties. But his goal scoring and assisting prowess make him one of the most dangerous attackers in the MLS.
With a coach very sensible to the characteristics of this stage of the season, we should expect a solid defence, working to postpone the decision to the 2nd leg, at their own stadium.
Well, the Houston Dynamo might be considered one of the most fragile teams amongst the 8 who are still in this competition.
They were able to knock out Sporting Kansas City on the 1st round of the play-off, but the strength of this side was already proven some months ago, and they are,
at this stage, thanks to their performance back then, which insured them a great position.
Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Despite having several attacking options, the Texan side hasn’t been showing the same ability to use them, and they also have several worries on their defensive line,
where they should have their right-back unavailable as well as one of their starting central defenders.
These are two teams that should sit back and try to postpone the decision to the 2nd leg.
The ability to control the match should be more suitable for the Timbers, but the option should be not to force things – the absences will be very important on this calculating round.
|Both teams to score? No!||