FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo – MLS, October 31, 2020

| October 29, 2020 1:35 am PDT

The fourth Texas Derby of the year takes place on Saturday, October 31, as FC Dallas welcomes Houston Dynamo to Toyota Stadium.

The Toros went unbeaten in the first two games against their local rivals this season, but Houston got their revenge less than a month ago, claiming a 2-0 victory at BBVA Stadium.

Who will claim the Texas bragging rights this time around? Keep reading to see my FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo prediction and betting pick.

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo Odds

FC Dallas to Win 1.91
The Draw 3.60
Houston Dynamo to Win 3.40

Despite losing the last Texas Derby, FC Dallas (1.91) is the favorite at all the top sports betting sites to win on Saturday. The Toros have only lost one of their previous four outings, while Houston (3.40) has failed to win any of their last matches.

Let’s take a closer look at the teams.

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo Preview

Following a heavy loss to Nashville and a goalless draw with Real Salt Lake, Luchi Gonzalez would have been looking for a big response from his players on Wednesday. And that’s exactly what he got.

The Toros went behind in the first half against Inter Miami, but second-half goals from Franco Jara and Ryan Hollingshead saw Gonzalez’s men claim all three points. It’s fair to say that Dallas dominated the Herons in midweek, so the win was definitely deserved.

Gonzalez’s men remain the joint-lowest scorers in the Western Conference, but they still boast the second-best defensive record in the division. Sixth-place Dallas now has a four-point lead over ninth-place Vancouver Whitecaps, so a play-off place is almost secured.

But perhaps more importantly, the Toros find themselves seven points ahead of Houston with two games in hand over their rivals.

Only struggling LA Galaxy sits bellow the Dynamo in the West. Not only have Tab Ramos’ men failed to win any of their previous five games, they have also managed to win just one of their last 12 outings.

Granted, Houston can take confidence from the fact that their most recent victory came against Dallas. But when you look at the bigger picture, you can’t help but fear the worst for the Dynamo.

Scoring goals hasn’t been an issue for Houston. In fact, Ramos’ side has scored five more goals than Dallas. But when it comes to defending, the Dynamo’s backline has let the team down time and time again.

Only three sides in the West have a poorer defensive record than Houston, and the current standings clearly underline their problems.

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo Betting Pick

  • FC Dallas to Win

Dallas will be desperate to reclaim the Texas bragging rights on Saturday, and when consider the contrasting form of the two sides, it only makes sense to back the home team.

Gonzalez’s men showed great spirit to come from behind and rescue the win against Inter Miami last time out, and now Dallas has the opportunity to extend their unbeaten streak to three games.

On the other hand, Houston was completely outclassed by LAFC in midweek. It’s difficult to see how the Dynamo is going to turn things around on Saturday.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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