Portland Timbers vs Houston Dynamo (By: Dajkula)
Portland Timbers welcome Houston Dynamo in the round 14 of the MLS. Portland is only ranked 12`th in the Western Division while Houston is 4`th. The difference is 10 points but the hosts today are quite the favorite. Portland is on the rise lately for sure but the odds are quite short. The main reason for the poor performances so far was that they played only away matches until recently. The stadium is now renovated and this is where Portland Timbers are showing very good games. They played 2 games at home and the first one was a loss to the best team of the league – LA. Yet, they tested the visitors all the time and they could have taken something more than a 2:3 loss. In the recent cup match, Portland won over LA Galaxy with 4:0 and the fans are hoping to see more of the same today.
The revelation for Portland this season has been the new attacker Fernandez who seems unstoppable in this league. In 3 matches played he has scored 4 goals and is the high focal point of the attack.
Portland has found the groove on the away ground as well and they won 3 of the last 4 and 6 of the last 9.
Houston started the season on a high and they were I believe on top of the table for a while. They have stepped off the gas however and the form is far from good. Houston has 2 wins in 7, in all competitions, and they tend to struggle away from home especially. They have lost the last 3 away league matches scoring just 1 goal. Houston has 1-0-3 away from home and they played most of the matches at home.
Portland has a good history with Houston lately and they won 5 of the last 7 at home. Portland will have some regulars out today: Tuiloma(mid.11-1), Blanco(mid.13-2), Flores(mid.9-0), Polo(att.10-0).
Houston has the same problems with absences but even more on the attacking side. Out are: Bird(mid.0-0), Rodriguez(mid.12-5, third scorer), Ceren(mid.5-0), Quioto(att.9-0), Elis(att.12-5, second scorer), Figureoa(def.10-0).
Portland is back at home and the players are playing much better here. The form is on the rise and today they welcome the opponent they like to beat. Portland is the league finalist from the last season and they deserve more than the last place in the division.
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Portland Timbers vs Houston Dynamo predictions
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Portland Timbers vs Houston Dynamo betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Dajkula).