The Western Conference of the MLS features yet another exciting fixture as the Houston Dynamo host a formidable Minnesota United side at the BBVA Stadium in Texas. The two sides find themselves at opposite ends of the table and will want to win this fixture.
The Houston Dynamo are currently in 11th place in the MLS Western Conference table and have only seven points from seven games this season. The Houston-based side managed a stunning 5-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City last week, however, and have finally found their scoring touch ahead of this crucial fixture.
Minnesota United, on the other hand, have endured a miserable return to the MLS regular season and have suffered two defeats on the trot against FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City. The Minnesota side may be in third place in the Western Conference table but are in desperate need of a morale-boosting victory.
Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United: Head-to-Head
The Houston Dynamo have played a total of nine regular-season games against Minnesota United and have a marginal head-to-head advantage against the away side. The Texas-based team have won four games and Minnesota United are not far behind with three victories.
The Houston Dynamo picked up an important 2-0 victory in this corresponding fixture in 2019, with Mauro Manotas and Christian Ramirez getting on to the scoresheet against Minnesota United. The home side will hope to build on their recent form and manage another victory tomorrow.
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Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United Team News
The Houston Dynamo have a few minor injury concerns and may have to do without a number of star players against Minnesota United. Oscar Garcia and Victor Cabrera are also doubtful for this game and may have to spend the day on the sidelines.
Doubtful: Oscar Garcia, Victor Cabrera
Minnesota United are unable to avail the services of Tyler Miller and Ike Opara against the Houston Dynamo. Jacori Hayes is also recovering from his injury and is unlikely to play a part in the game.
Injured: Tyler Miller, Ike Opara
Doubtful: Jacori Hayes
Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United Predicted XI
Houston Dynamo Predicted XI (4-3-3): Marko Maric; Adam Lundkvist, Maynor Figueroa, Aljaz Struna, Zarek Valentin; Matias Vera, Memo Rodriguez, Darwin Ceren; Alberth Elis, Mauro Manotas, Darwin Quintero
Minnesota United Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Greg Ranjitsingh; Chase Gasper, Michael Boxall, Jose Aja, Romain Metanire; Osvaldo Alonso, Jan Gregus; Robin Lod, Kevin Molino, Ethan Finlay; Luis Amarilla
Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United Prediction
The Houston Dynamo are currently very close to the bottom of the table but may surprisingly hold the upper hand in this fixture. The likes of Darwin Quintero and Mauro Manotas can trouble Minnesota United's defensive line and Christian Ramirez's impact off the bench might prove to be a pivotal factor.
Minnesota United have a massive hill to climb against the Houston Dynamo and need a victory to consolidate its position in the top four of the Western Conference. The away side will have its chances but may not be able to defeat a Houston Dynamo outfit that is currently high on confidence.
Prediction: Houston Dynamo 2-1 Minnesota United
Published 02 Sep 2020, 10:54 IST