REAL SALT LAKE - HOUSTON DYNAMO
Big game for both sides with the winner going above LA Galaxy to the top of the division. This will be a first for Real and a huge incentive. They are in reasonable shape with just one loss in six starts and are undefeated at home (4-4-0), where they concede very few goals, only Colorado have allowed less.
Houston are two time defending champion, but have not really fired yet this season, they have just two points from a possible 9 and have won just once on the road all season. They played in the US Cup on tuesday, just 48 hours ago, losing after extra time to Charleston, they did field a "b" team, but some lesser first team players took to the field late in the game and played the final 30 minutes. Those are unlikely to be in the best shape tonight, with the long distance travel being the biggest concern. The star names were left in Houston to rest ahead of tonight, but it is hardly a positive consideration. Also, the fact that they have been eliminated from the cup, by a US Div 1 side, for the second year running, can hardly have helped their confidence.
Hosts will be very motivated and I do not see them losing, going to take them to win, with an additional cover on the draw, which given the respective records of the teams, RSL have drawn 50% at home, Dynamo 47% of all starts, is competitively priced.
5 points Real Salt Lake -1/4 ball 2.20
2 points draw 3.45 exchanges.