Houston Dynamo vs FC Dallas MLS Picks 8/24/2019
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Tomás Martinez and the Houston Dynamo (9-4-13, 9th in the Western Conference) head to Toyota Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on FC Dallas (10-7-10, 8th in the Western Conference). The goalies expected to start are Joe Willis for the Houston Dynamo and Jesse Gonzalez for FC Dallas. The moneyline on this matchup has the Houston Dynamo priced at +369 and FCD is at -131. The O/U is set at 2.75.
The Houston Dynamo step onto the field with a record of 9 victories, 4 draws, and 13 losses which puts them at 9th in the Western Conference. So far this season, they have earned a total of 34 goals which is 11th in the West and 21st in MLS. That said, if they are going to get the win in the matchup, they will want to put some goals in the back of the net. Their goal differential is -6, which puts them at 17th in MLS. The Houston Dynamo will look to share the ball with their teammates to get the opposition out of place because they have compiled a total of 28 assists which is 10th in MLS and 4th in the West. When talking about shots on target, they have compiled a total of 109 which is 10th in the West and 17th in MLS. As a unit, Houston currently has a total of 330 fouls which has them averaging 12.69 fouls per game. They have compiled a total of 31 points for the 2019 season and they are averaging a crowd of 15,427.
Tomás Martinez is one of the standout players to keep an eye on for the Dynamo. The midfielder from Argentina has participated in 25 contests this year and has played 1,841 minutes. Up to now, the 23-year-old has scored 4 goals and has had an assist on 2 goals. So far this season he is averaging 74 minutes per appearance. Martinez has started 24 contests this year and has a total of 38 fouls over the course of that time. When discussing shots on target, Martinez has totaled 10 which has him sitting in 98th in the league and 19th in the Western Conference among midfielders. Mauro Manotas is another scorer to keep an eye on for the team from Houston. The 23-year-old from Colombia has scored 11 goals for the year which places him at 5th in the West among forwards and 9th among all qualified players in pro soccer. He has played a total of 1,981 mins and is averaging 79 mins per appearance which places him at 183rd in pro soccer. For this year, he has a total of 25 shots on target which places him at 6th in the West among forwards.
In goal for the Dynamo is Joe Willis from the United States. He is 30 years old and has played 1,890 mins defending the goal for the year. Willis is giving up 1.52 goals per 90 mins which has him sitting 11th among West goaltenders and 26th in MLS. So far this season, he's surrendered 32 goals. His save percentage is .680 which has him sitting 9th among West goaltenders.
FC Dallas comes into this matchup with a mark of 10 wins, 7 draws, and 10 losses ranking them 8th in the Western Conference. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 36 goals which puts them at 9th in the conference and 17th in MLS. This means that if are going to walk away with a victory, they are going to look at taking care of the ball and controlling possession. Their goal differential is +3, ranking them 9th in MLS. FC Dallas will look to get teammates more involved in this game because they have earned a total of 24 assists which puts them at 18th in MLS and 10th in the conference. When discussing shots on target, they have earned a total of 129 which puts them at 4th in the conference and 9th in MLS. As a group, Dallas has a total of 340 fouls which means they are averaging 12.59 fouls per contest. They have earned a total of 37 points for this season and they have an average attendance of 14,674.
Dominique Badji is one of the players to keep an eye on for FCD. The forward from Senegal has appeared in 22 games so far in 2019 and has played a total of 1,587 minutes. During that time, the 26-year-old has netted 6 goals and has assisted on 2 goals. He is currently averaging 72 minutes per game. Badji has started 18 games so far in 2019 and has racked up 25 fouls in the process. When looking at shots on target, Badji has 17 which is 48th in Major League Soccer and 18th in the Western Conference among forwards. Jesus Ferreira is another scorer to watch out for on the squad from Dallas. The 18-year-old from Colombia has a total of 6 goals this year which has him ranked 18th in the West among forwards and 41st among all qualified players in the league. He has totaled 1,936 minutes and is averaging 74 minutes per game which has him ranked 233rd in the league. For this year, he has totaled 16 shots on target which has him ranked 21st in the West among forwards.
In net for FCD is Jesse Gonzalez from Mexico. He is 23 years old and has played 2,250 minutes minding the goal for the season. Gonzalez is surrendering 1.28 goals per 90 minutes which places him at 4th in the Western Conference and 10th among goaltenders in Major League Soccer. During this season, he's given up 32 goals. He holds a save % of .660 which places him at 12th in the Western Conference.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Houston (+369)
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