- Houston Dynamo have one win in their last six matches in MLS competition.
- Both teams have scored in seven of Houston Dynamo’s last eight games in MLS competition.
- Portland’s regular-season matches in 2019 featured an average of 2.97 goals per game.
Experienced Portland can prevail in Orlando
Despite being reduced to ten men Portland Timbers managed to hold on to beat LA Galaxy 2-1 in their first game of the MLS is Back Tournament and they can make it two wins from two in Orlando.
Their next opponents are a Houston Dynamo side who have been defensively unstable this season, losing 4-0 to Sporting Kansas City at the start of the regular MLS season and drawing 3-3 with LAFC last time out.
Although that draw emphasised their attacking qualities, it showed it is their rearguard holding them back from competing and experienced Portland are our prediction to win the match, having lost only two of their previous eight games in MLS competition.
Dynamo have however scored in six of their last seven MLS defeats and a repeat of the scoreline Portland won by against Galaxy – 2-1 – could be the best correct score prediction at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
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