A clash between the two lowest ranked teams in the Western Conference does little to whet the appetite but this could turn out to be the shock game of the weekend.
With a bit of luck, Vancouver could close the gap to the chasing pack to just four points with three games still to play.
Vancouver have failed to inspire confidence for most of the 2019 campaign – the Whitecaps have scored fewer goals (30) than any of their Western Conference rivals.
FC Cincinnati are the only team in Major League Soccer to score fewer goals than Vancouver, which confirms just how poor the Canadian side have been this season.
Incredibly, five wins for Houston could see the Dynamo finish as high as second in the East Conference table.
Every result must go their way though and realistically a playoff berth is going to be difficult. Watch this space, the Dynamo could spring a shock this weekend north of the border…
Houston have lost 12 of their last 13 Major League Soccer road games and that does not bode well for the visitors here.
With three of their remaining fixtures taking place away from BBVA Stadium, the Dynamo could finish as Major League Soccer’s lowest ranked team in the Western Conference.
Event Date: September 15, 2019
Whitecaps Set For Big Changes In Offseason
With Vancouver rooted to the bottom of the standings, the Canadian side will have one eye on the 2020 campaign.
The Whitecaps organisation may decide to switch things up ahead of next season – another year struggling outside the playoff places won’t sit well with fans.
Punters can back the Whitecaps at 27/20 with William Hill to emerge victorious and plenty of MLS neutrals will fancy Vancouver to get the job done.
Their position in the standings is precarious at best but the Canadian side can exploit Houston’s poor road form.
Given the standard of defending on show, the 4/5 with Betfred for Vancouver to score two or more goals could be the way to go.
Houston’s defence is leaky at the best of times and the Dynamo could find themselves exposed at the back if they venture too far forward.
Must Win For Playoff-Chasing Houston
The Dynamo will not have everything their own way this weekend but Houston are well placed to go close in their pursuit of glory. Watch this space, the fixture could go right down to the wire.
A difficult task to win on the road, Houston will not want to finish the 2019 campaign as the Western Conference whipping boys and three points will almost certainly ensure that Vancouver finish beneath them.
Punters fancying Houston to send out an early statement of intent can back Houston at 9/4 to lead at half-time.
The Dynamo have struggled to make an impact in the first half of most Major League Soccer matches this campaign but that could all change this weekend.
Vancouver are by no means a sure-fire pick but the Whitecaps should prove too strong for their opponents this weekend.
Take the 27/20 for a home win and punters could celebrate a Canadian success – Houston will need everything to go their way in order to get a result at BC Place.
You never quite know what is going to happen when Houston are in action.
One week, they can go toe to toe with the best in the business but the next they struggle to string a couple of passes together. Take the hefty 14/1 price for a 2-0 win in favour of Vancouver.
TIP: Vancouver Whitecaps to win (27/20 with William Hill)
CORRECT SCORE: Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 Houston Dynamo (14/1 with Ladbrokes)