The Houston Dynamo make a trip to BC Place Stadium looking for the first-ever away victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer.
The hosts are winless in their previous five MLS matches and four points behind the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, while Houston were beaten 6-0 by Philadelphia Union last weekend extending their losing streak to two matches.
Heading into July, Vancouver appeared set to climb above the playoff line, going unbeaten in four straight matches across all competitions, including a 1-0 victory over Los Angeles FC.
However, Vanni Sartini would not have expected what followed, as his team gave up a 1-0 lead at home to Minnesota United on July 9, conceding three times to lose 3-1, and they have since not been able to get back on track.
Their goalscoring has become a difficulty, with just a single tally in four straight matches in all competitions, though they did manage to come back and draw Nashville SC 1-1 away from home in their previous game courtesy of an 87th-minute equaliser.
Following a worst defeat in franchise history, embarrasing was the word tossed around by most players on the Dynamo this past weekend. With 11 matches to go, they sit 11th in the Western Conference, six points behind a playoff spot.
Houston were the only team in 2021 who did not win a regular season match away from home, and that form has improved only marginally this year, winning three away matches while losing the other eight, conceding 22 times in those defeats.
Orange Crush have scored a goal or fewer in eight away matches this season, and they have not won a league game in Canada since defeating Toronto 3-1 back in 2019. However, they have already improved their win total from last season by one.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Houston Dynamo head to head
The two teams have previously met on 20 occasions, where Whitecaps have claimed eight victories while Dynamo have won seven, and they have drawn in five. Whitecaps have scored 26 goals and conceded 24 in the process. In their last five meetings, Dynamo have won two, Whitecaps one with two draws.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Houston Dynamo 15/09/19
Houston Dynamo 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps 23/05/21
Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 Houston Dynamo 21/07/21
Houston Dynamo 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps 30/09/21
Houston Dynamo 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps 13/03/22
Vancouver Whitecaps latest home form
Vancouver Whitecaps have recently failed to keep a good run of form at home, having won just two of their five most recent matches. They defeated Toronto through penalties in their last home game in the Canadian Championship. In their last five matches, they have scored four goals and conceded seven.
Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 New England 27/06/22
Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 Los Angeles 03/07/22
Vancouver Whitecaps 1-3 Minnesota United 09/07/22
Vancouver Whitecaps 1-3 Chicago Fire 24/07/22
Vancouver Whitecaps (P)1-1 Toronto 27/07/22
Vancouver Whitecaps latest away form
Vnacouver Whitecaps have recently been on a relatively good run of form on the road, having been unbeaten in their four most recent matches. They drew 1-1 with Nashville SC in their last away game in the MLS. In their last five matches, they have scored six goals and conceded eight.
Seattle Sounders 4-0 Vancouvers Whitecaps 15/06/22
Dallas 0-2 Vancouver Whitecaps 19/06/22
Cincinnati 2-2 Vancouver Whitecaps 14/07/22
Portland Timbers 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps 18/07/22
Nashville SC 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps 31/07/22
Houston Dynamo latest home form
Houston Dynamo have recently failed to keep a good run of form at home, having won just one of their five most recent matches. They lost 2-1 to Minnesota United in their last home game in the MLS. In their last five matches, they have scored six goals and conceded seven.
Houston Dynamo 0-1 Seattle Sounders 19/05/22
Houston Dynamo 2-0 Chicago Fire 26/06/22
Houston Dynamo 1-2 Charlotte 04/07/22
Houston Dynamo 2-2 Dallas 10/07/22
Houston Dynamo 1-2 Minnesota United 24/07/22
Houston Dynamo latest away form
Houston Dynamo have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having won just one of their seven most recent matches. They lost 6-0 to Philadelphia Union in their last away game in the MLS. In their last five matches, they have scored five goals and concedeed 14.
Orlando City 2-1 Houston Dynamo 19/06/22
Portland Timbers 2-1 Houston Dynamo 30/06/22
Austin 3-1 Houston Dynamo 13/07/22
SJ Earthquakes 1-2 Houston Dynamo 18/07/22
Philadelphia Union 6-0 Houston Dynamo 31/07/22
Vancouver Whitecaps news
Javain Brown equalised for the Whitecaps last weekend, his first of the season with Ryan Gauld collecting the assist, moving into a tie for second on the team alongside Deiber Caicedo with two.
Luis Martins and Eric Godoy are sidelined with left calf strains, while Sebastian Berhalter is absent through a right foot stress fracture.
Houston Dynamo news
A Darwin Quintero brace helped erase an early one-goal deficit at home to the Whitecaps back in March to win 2-1, as Ferreira and Corey Baird both picked up assists.
Dynamo signed winger Nelson Quinones last week to a one-year loan deal from Once Caldas in the Colombian top flight.
Prediction and Odds
We are expecting to see a bigger defensive commitment from both sides in this contest, with the Dynamo looking to improve.
However, the Whitecaps newcomers have made them a sharper and more creative team, while they have a lot more difference makers who have managed to give this team some positive results.
Odds: 1 2.15 X 2.00 2 2.23
Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 Houston Dynamo
Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 Houston Dynamo
Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Houston Dynamo
Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 Houston Dynamo
Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Houston Dynamo