Minnesota United vs Houston Dynamo Match Analysis & Prediction
18/05/2023 3:30 am
Minnesota United will be looking to secure their first win of the month when they welcome Houston Dynamo to Allianz Field in MLS on Thursday.
The hosts’ winless run in the league extended last time out with a defeat at Sporting Kansas City, while Houston were beaten by Seattle Sounders on home soil.
Minnesota’s winless streak in MLS extended to six matches at the weekend after a 3-0 defeat at Children’s Mercy Park against Sporting KC.
Excluding Open Cup triumphs over Detroit City and Philadelphia Union, Minnesota have failed to win since their first game of April, with a Luis Amarilla penalty securing a 1-0 victory over MLS debutants St Louis City.
Adrian Heath’s side currently sit ninth in the Western Conference standings, and their position in the playoffs is under imminent threat with strugglers Sporting KC just three points behind in 14th.
Allianz Field has not been a happy hunting ground for Minnesota so far this season, with just three of their 12 MLS points coming in front of their home fans in Saint Paul.
Houston’s six-game unbeaten streak came to an end at the weekend after they narrowly lost out to Western Conference leaders Seattle at Shell Energy Stadium in Texas.
The hosts played a large part of the game with 10 men – and the final 12 minutes with just nine – a numerical disadvantage which helped the Sounders find a late winner through substitute Paul Rothrock.
Ben Olsen’s side are seventh in the Western Conference after 10 matches and possess a defensive record which can only be bested by Los Angeles FC so far this season, with Houston having conceded just nine goals.
Houston have struggled on their travels so far, picking up just a single point from four away matches in MLS, with that result coming at New York Red Bulls last month.
Minnesota United vs. Houston Dynamo Head to head
In the 18 previous meetings between these two teams, Minnesota have claimed eight victories while Houston have won five, and they have drawn in five. They have scored 23 goals each in the process.
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29/08/2021Houston Dynamo1Minnesota United2MLS
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24/07/2022Houston Dynamo1Minnesota United2MLS
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Minnesota United Team News
Minnesota centre-back Mikael Marques is expected to be sidelined until later this month due to an ankle injury.
Fellow defender Bakaye Dibassy has not featured for the hosts since suffering a tendon injury back in August.
Minnesota United's Last 5 Matches
26/04/2023Detroit City1Minnesota United3US Open Cup
07/05/2023Vancouver Whitecaps3Minnesota United2MLS
10/05/2023Minnesota United(P)3Philadelphia Union3US Open Cup
14/05/2023Sporting KC3Minnesota United0MLS
Houston Dynamo Team News
Houston will be significantly weaker in attack on Thursday after both Amine Bassi and Hector Herrera received red card in the defeat to Seattle.
Tate Schmitt is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering an ACL injury in the defeat at San Jose Earthquakes last month, meaning Franco Escobar will be first choice at left-back.
Houston Dynamo's Last 5 Matches
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27/04/2023Tampa Bay Rowdies0Houston Dynamo1US Open Cup
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11/05/2023Houston Dynamo1Sporting KC0US Open Cup
14/05/2023Houston Dynamo0Seattle Sounders1MLS
Minnesota United vs. Houston Dynamo: Odds and Predictions
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