MLS Soccer Picks: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houtson Dynamo

Lee Phelps

Thursday, July 9, 2015 2:33 PM GMT

Thursday, Jul. 9, 2015 2:33 PM GMT

Two teams outside the play-offs go head-to-head this weekend with San Jose looking for a win to get into that top six. William Hill's Lee Phelps has been looking at the odds for his free betting pick.

Excellent home form versus poor away form is how this match shapes up between the San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo.

Both teams come into the game outside of the top six in the division, but the Quakes are just two points off the playoffs. The Dynamo are a further four points back, and haven’t won any of the last three matches, which is something you should keep in mind when looking at the soccer odds for this matchup.

 

San Jose Earthquakes
The win over LA Galaxy in their last home game set the tone for what they hope will be a run in to the play-offs now. The home results have been strong all season, with just one defeat, four wins and two draws.

Chris Wondolowski is a big miss for San Jose, he has 12 goals this season for club and country and nine in the MLS, including three in the last four at home. He is away with the US squad at the Gold Cup. Cordell Cato is the other absentee because of the CONCACAF competition, he is away with Trinidad and Tobago.

 

Houston Dynamo
Houston’s away record has been pretty disappointing this season with only one win, which surprisingly came at Toronto, winning 2-1 back in May. They have lost four and drawn three of the other games. Added to that they have only managed five goals on the road and have lost to nil in three of the last four.

They’re missing four men to international duty with Boniek Garcia and Luis Garrido with Honduras and Giles Barnes and Jermaine Taylor playing for Jamaica.

 

Soccer picks
Even with the strike power of Wondolowski, I see the Quakes being too strong for Dynamo in a tight match. Owen Coyle’s team will set up for a draw and may go close, but I think the 2.2 (11/10) on offer for the home win is good enough to take as my soccer pick.

 

Free soccer pick: San Jose Earthquakes win 2.1 (11/10)

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