Match Time:7/18/2019 07:00 Thursday(GMT+8)
Atlanta Utd expect to be without Florentin Pogba, George Bello, Ezequiel Barco, Kevin Kratz and Hector Villalba with injuries.
The Houston Dynamo list Eric Bird and Memo Rodriguez as injured and Da Marcus Beasley as questionable.
Injured/unavailable: George Bello (groin), Kevin Kratz (calf), Ezequiel Barco (knee), Hector Villalba (leg), Florentin Pogba (hamstring)
Doubtful: Da Marcus Beasley (knee)
Injured/unavailable: Eric Bird (ankle), Memo Rodriguez (hamstring)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Atlanta Utd played to a thrilling 3-3 home league draw against the New York Red Bulls two weeks ago and then travelled to the Seattle Sounders last weekend. They left the west coast with a 2-1 league defeat and the result gives them a total of 30 points from nine wins, three draws and eight losses. They return home this week to host a struggling Houston Dynamo side with Atlanta having a home record of six wins, three draws and just one loss with an impressive 17 goals for and eight against. The Eastern playoffs look like a good bet for Atlanta but there is still plenty of room for improvement.
The Houston Dynamo lost at home for the first time in the league this season when they fell 3-1 to league-leading Los Angeles FC last weekend. Romell Quioto struck for Houston in the second minute but they couldn't extend the lead. Their opponents came back with three straight goals between the 45th and 88th minute to take the points. It was the second straight league loss for the Dynamo and the second consecutive in which they have allowed three goals. It gets even worse as they have a lone victory in their past eight league outings with six losses and a draw. They remain at 27 points and are in a dogfight for a playoff position in the West.
The Houston Dynamo have a terrible away league record with just three points from a possible 24. It is hard to see them beating an Atlanta Utd team that has lost just once at home. I expect a home victory.
SECOND PREDICTION: HILO – HIGH
These teams have scored and average of 4.5 total goals in their only two league meeting, so they obviously like to play attacking football against each other. I like the odds of at least three total goals in this league match.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Houston Dynamo won 4-0 at home last season with Atlanta Utd winning 4-1 at home in 2017 in the only league meetings between them.