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Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United - MLS rivals set to serve goals in open contest

Minnesota United good enough for a point against Houston Dynamo at the BBVA Stadium
Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United
Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United clash in MLS predicted to produce over 2.5 goals (Getty Images)

Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Houston Dynamo and Minnesota United are tipped to serve up an open contest when they meet in an MLS clash at the BBVA Stadium. With both teams exhibiting defensive frailties, an outcome of over 2.5 goals is predicted.

Houston Dynamo FC Form & Team News


Houston Dynamo suffered a 1-0 defeat at Sporting Kansas in their previous MLS outing. They fell behind early in the contest and went on to create a few attempts on goal but could not find the breakthrough.

Davy Arnaud's men have not been at their best this season and are currently second from bottom in the Western Conference having claimed just one win in their last 10 matches. They are priced at 2.20 for a win by the bookies but having failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 MLS matches, a bet on goals is recommended.

Mauro Manotas is the top scorer for Houston with 11 goals this season and should return to the starting lineup having missed the defeat at Kansas. Aljaz Struna and Maynor Figueroa are also set to continue their central defensive partnership despite struggling to keep clean sheets in recent weeks.

Houston Dynamo
Houston Dynamo have seen over 2.5 goals in 10 of their last 13 MLS matches (Getty Images)

Minnesota United FC Form & Team News


Minnesota United are coming off a 2-0 victory against Los Angeles FC last time out in the MLS. A first half brace from Mason Toye was good enough to earn the visitors all three points.

Adrian Heath’s men have also struggled lately with the victory over Los Angeles ending a run of three matches without a win. A victory in Houston is valued at 3.00 and their poor record at the back which has seen them concede five goals of their last seven matches means this should be an open contest.

Mason Toye's brace last time out against Los Angeles means the striker is likely to retain his place in attack.  He is usually partnered by Carlos Quintero who is the team’s top scorer with eight goals.

Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United Head to Head 


Houston Dynamo and Minnesota United have claimed three wins each with as many draws from nine previous meetings. They have produced over 2.5 goals five times in that run, including Minnesota's 3-2 win in the quarter finals of the US Open Cup back in June.

Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United Match Up 


Houston will look to Mauro Manotas to provide the spark in attack having scored four goals in his last eight matches. He will be confident of getting the better of the Minnesota defence that has struggled in recent weeks.

Minnesota can also hold their own going forward with Mason Toye and Carlos Quintero, who have impressed this season. Both men have the quality to trouble a poor Houston backline.

Minnesota United
Minnesota United have seen over 2.5 goals in 11 of their last 16 away matches (Getty Images)

Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United Key Statistics 


  • Houston Dynamo have seen over 2.5 goals in 10 of their last 13 matches (MLS).
  • Houston Dynamo are unbeaten in 11 of their last 14 home matches (MLS).
  • Minnesota United have seen over 2.5 goals in 11 of their last 16 away matches (all competitions).
  • Minnesota United are unbeaten in 10 of their last 12 matches (MLS).

Verdict

Minnesota United have plenty of quality in attack but often struggle defensively. They are tipped to produce over 2.5 goals at odds of 1.60 while a draw also predicted as the likely outcome.

Best Bet: Over 2.5 Goals @1.60 at bet365 - 4 Units
Value Bet: Draw @3.50 at bet365 - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 2-2 Draw @11.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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