Houston Dynamo vs. Los Angeles FC – MLS, May 1, 2021
Fresh from pushing the Timbers all the way, Houston will be hoping to give Bob Bradley’s men a run for their money when Los Angeles FC visits BBVA Stadium on Saturday, May 1.
The Dynamo has taken three points from a possible six this season, while last weekend’s draw with the Sounders means that LAFC sits on four points, having beaten Austin in Week 1.
In this Houston Dynamo vs. LAFC betting preview, I cover the MLS odds, assess both sides’ chances, and finish by giving my prediction and pick for Saturday’s clash.
Odds for Houston Dynamo vs. LAFC
In my eyes, the high price for the LAFC win speaks volumes about Houston’s promising start to the new campaign. The Texans finished rock bottom of the Western Conference in 2020, but they have come out fighting this year.
Still, LAFC is the rightful favorite to win this one. After all, Bradley’s boys have recorded four wins and two draws in six MLS meetings with the Dynamo since 2018.
Can Houston Upset the Odds?
Despite seeing just 39% possession on the opening weekend, it’s safe to say that Tab Ramos’ men thoroughly deserved their 2-1 victory over San Jose.
Memo Rodriguez and Maximiliano Urruti scored either side of half-time to seal the deal for Houston. But having racked up 17 shots overall, the Dynamo could – and probably should – have scored more.
Funnily enough, Ramos’ men actually enjoyed the lion’s share of possession against Portland. On top of that, they also managed to register ten shots. But given that Portland recorded 23 attempts, Houston can’t have any complaints about the final score.
After picking up just four wins from 23 games last season, the Dynamo appears to be heading in the right direction again.
Will LAFC Remain Unbeaten?
Having been made to work hard for their 2-0 win over Austin in Week 1, Bradley’s men dug deep and ground out a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Seattle last weekend.
Eduard Atuesta put LAFC ahead inside two minutes against the Sounders, but it was always going to be difficult to keep the visitors quiet for the entire game. As it turned out, Bard Smith netted an equalizer after the break.
Following an iffy 2020 campaign, the Black and Gold can be proud of their efforts against last year’s beaten MLS Cup finalists.
Carlos Vela departed early against Austin and wasn’t fit enough to face Seattle last weekend. To make matters worse for Bradley’s side, Diego Rossi remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Given that LAFC was able to earn a draw against Seattle without their two best players, the visitors will surely be confident of coming away from BBVA Stadium with all three points on Saturday.
Dynamo vs. LAFC Prediction and Pick
LAFC to Win2.25
Even without Vela and Rossi, LAFC should be too strong for Houston. New signings like Corey Baird, Jesus Murillo, and Raheem Edwards have come in and made an immediate impact – easing the pressure on Bradley’s depleted roster.
Don’t get me wrong, Ramos’ men have made a promising start to 2021, so I expect them to ruffle a few feathers this year. But at the end of the day, LAFC has more than enough firepower to exploit the Dynamo’s backline.