Sports Mole provides score predictions and previews for all of today’s Major League Soccer fixtures, including LAFC vs. Houston Dynamo.
The Crew are only two points above the Eastern Conference playoff line after losing 2-1 to Inter Miami on Tuesday, while Portland are sixth in the West following a fourth consecutive triumph last weekend.
We say: Columbus Crew 1-1 Portland Timbers
Both teams have been relatively consistent over the past few weeks and have found ways to earn their share of points, and we expect a tight defensive battle between these sides this weekend.
The Herons came up with a massive 2-1 victory at home to the Columbus Crew earlier this week, while DC have one win in their previous 10 domestic encounters, falling 3-0 at Sporting Kansas City on Tuesday.
We say: DC United 0-1 Inter Miami
DC look like a broken team, and it is hard to blame them, seeing as they have suffered six defeats by three goals or more this season, as all year they have struggled to keep the ball out of their own goal.
Inter Miami do not have much more overall quality than the Black and Red, but they have two individuals in Higuain and Pozuelo who have shown that they are capable of leading this team to victory on numerous occasions, and we expect them to do exactly that on Sunday.
The Black and Gold have just one win in their previous six matches, drawing Minnesota United 1-1 on Tuesday, while the Dynamo won their first game under interim boss Kenny Bundy this week, 3-1 over the New England Revolution.
We say: Los Angeles FC 2-0 Houston Dynamo
LA have more wins at home than any side in MLS this season, while Orange Crush have the third-fewest road victories in the Western Conference.
Besides that, Houston do not have the individual quality to handle LAFC over 90 minutes, so expect them to hang back and try to make the score respectable, while we anticipate the Black and Gold will find a breakthrough eventually.