Los Angeles FC vs. Houston Dynamo – MLS, June 19, 2021

| June 18, 2021 6:34 am PDT

Los Angeles FC and Houston Dynamo meet for the second time this season on Saturday, June 19, after the two sides produced a 1-1 draw in Texas last month.

Believe it or not – Houston actually sits three points ahead of LAFC in the Western Conference. Tab Ramos’ men have picked up three wins this year, while the 2019 Supporters’ Shield champions have only managed to win two of their opening seven games.

In this LAFC vs. Houston Dynamo betting preview, I check out the MLS odds, take an in-depth look at the teams, and finish up by providing my prediction and pick for Saturday’s clash.

LAFC vs. Houston Dynamo Latest Odds

Los Angeles FC to Win1.35
The Draw4.65
Houston Dynamo to Win8.00

Naturally, LAFC is the bookies’ obvious favorite to claim all three points on Saturday. But when you consider the Black & Gold’s recent form, it is difficult to ignore the juicy price for both the away win and draw bet.

The home will almost certainly be the most popular option here. Still, I think we need to take a closer look at both sides before settling on a prediction for Los Angeles FC vs. Houston Dynamo.

LAFC Team News and Analysis

Following a below-par 2020 campaign, LAFC made a solid start to 2021 – claiming one win and two draws from their opening three games. But if their recent results are anything to go by, Bob Bradley’s men look set for another testing season.

The Californians have lost three of their previous four matches, conceding exactly two goals in each of those games. Having suffered defeats to LA Galaxy, Seattle, and New York City last month, the 2019 Shield winners find themselves in a precarious position.

Of course, it is still early days. LAFC has only played seven matches this season, so there is plenty of time for the team to turn things around.

But if the Black & Gold are serious about securing a top-seven finish, they will need to kick-start a revival sooner rather than later.

New signing Corey Baird has hit the ground running following his move from Real Salt Lake, bagging three goals and two assists in his first seven appearances for the club. If Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi step up, LAFC’s forward line could tear teams to shreds.

Will Houston Upset the Odds Again?

Ramos’ men can take huge confidence from the fact that they have already drawn with LAFC this year. Although they only managed to see 39% of the ball, they stuck to the task and achieved an impressive result.

“Impressive result” is not a term that has been associated with Houston very often in recent seasons. However, the Texans have only lost three of their eight matches this year and already boast wins over San Jose, Sporting KC, and Vancouver.

Forward Maximiliano Urruti has found the back of the net in all three of the Dynamo’s victories in 2021. He also notched a goal and an assist last time out, although he could not prevent a 3-2 loss to the Wizards in Kansas.

At the other end of the field, goalkeeper Marko Maric has conceded 12 goals. As a result, Houston has the joint-worst defensive record in the West.

My LAFC vs. Dynamo Prediction and Pick

Pick
  • The Draw
    4.65

All the online sportsbooks are heavily favoring LAFC to win this weekend. But having just assessed the Black & Gold’s iffy start to the 2021 MLS campaign, I recommend steering clear of the tiny price for the home win.

Ramos’ men have already shown that they can compete with LAFC this season, so I’m going with the draw for my LAFC vs. Houston Dynamo betting pick. Although the huge odds for the away win are tempting, the draw feels like the most realistic outcome.

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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