Sporting Kansas City vs Houston Dynamo Prediction, Odds & Picks
- A previous 4-0 win for Kansas City points to more success against the Dynamo
- Kansas CIty striker Alan Pulido has been efficient in front of net in 2020
- A lack of goals will hurt the prospects of the Dynamo
Sporting Kansas City vs Houston Dynamo Odds
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Sporting Kansas City vs Houston Dynamo Predictions and Picks
There is one clear favorite here. Without a single win in 2020, Houston has been absolutely abysmal in the current MLS season. In reasons laid out below, Kansas City should have no issues clinching three points.
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How to Watch Sporting Kansas City vs Houston Dynamo
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|What||Sporting Kansas City vs Houston Dynamo|
|Where||Children’s Mercy Park (Kansas City, Kansas)|
|When||Tuesday, August 25th at 8:30 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
Two teams, two very different MLS seasons so far.
Ahead of their battle against the Dynamo this Tuesday, Kansas City has looked to be in a decent run of form. After finishing in a respectable place in the quarterfinal stage of MLS Is Back, the Midwestern club kicked off the continuation of the regular season with an impressive 2-1 away win over Minnesota United last week. With a stellar performance from teen sensation Gianluca Busio, things appear to be promising for Kansas City in the near future.
For Houston, they remain a hapless group of players that are still looking for their first victory of the year. Following a winless run through only the group stage of MLS Is Back, the Dynamo maintained their negative momentum last week after stumbling through a 0-0 draw at home against FC Dallas.
Kansas City Have Already Beaten Houston — And By A Large Scoreline
Let’s take a trip back to March to the previous meeting between these two clubs.
When the final whistle blew at Kansas City’s home ground of Children’s Mercy Park earlier this year, manager Peter Vermes and his men were able to earn an astounding 4-0 win over the Dynamo without too many hindrances or hurdles.
It was a one-sided affair.
While Houston only managed one meager shot on target, Kansas City stepped up with seven and an additional shot that hit the woodwork. With more possession, successful dribbles, and duels won, there were rare moments in the game in which Kansas City looked like they would end up struggling in this match.
Months later, it’s safe to say that this scene could easily be recreated — especially when you consider that a certain star striker has had more time to adapt to his new team.
Alan Pulido’s Stock Is On The Rise
As Kansas City’s new marquee player, Pulido has so far been able to live up to the hype since his debut earlier this year. With four goals and four assists in eight games played, the Mexican striker has been a game-changer in numerous matches in 2020. He thrived in his last meeting against Houston as well.
Looking back at that March battle that ended in a 4-0 win, Pulido was arguably the man of the match with his goal and assist that helped propel Kansas City to a statement-making victory.
Now, he’s had even more time to adjust to his new club and should easily outplay the frontline of his opposition.
Attacking Burdens Have Brought Houston Down
With only two goals in their last three matches, there has been little to celebrate when analyzing Houston’s attack in recent weeks. Looking back even further — and if we overlook the bizarre 3-3 shootout with LAFC in MLS Is Back — the Dynamo have only scored three times in five of their last six matches.
Coupled with a weak defense, it’s extremely difficult to assume that Houston will be able to turn their season around at any point in the near future.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast.