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Houston Dynamo v St. Louis City: Carnell eager to get going after extended break

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 4 May 2024

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Bradley Carnell is eager to get going again when St. Louis City return to MLS action against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, two weeks on from their last game.

St. Louis were last in action on April 21, when Tomas Totland’s last-gasp equaliser saw them claim a 3-3 draw against rivals Sporting Kansas City.

Carnell’s team have only lost one of their last eight MLS games, though five of those have finished level to leave them ninth in the Western Conference standings, one point behind the Dynamo.

Speaking about the challenges of their long wait for a game, Carnell said: “The week off was nice, it gave us some time to plan and prep for the next few weeks and where we’re going.

“There’s going to be a ton of games so it’s really important for us to do that. We can’t change the calendar and it is what it is.

“We’re excited about the games coming up, there’s a lot of good teams among our opponents in the next couple of weeks.”

Houston, meanwhile, have lost three of their last four league games including each of their last two, both of which came against Texas rivals in Austin FC (0-1) and FC Dallas (0-2).

Despite their downturn, boss Ben Olsen is choosing to remain upbeat and is certain things will turn, saying: “I can take a loss and I will say the guys gave everything, they continue to fight.

“We’ll get back to work and try to make the fans proud next week.

“We prepare for St. Louis the same way we prepared for Dallas. We’ll just get back to work and keep going.

“It’s very early in the season. The last two games didn’t go the way we want so we have to learn from it.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Houston Dynamo – Ibrahim Aliyu

Aliyu is the only Houston player with more than one goal to his name in MLS this year, netting three times. However, he has failed to score in their last three games, so he will be desperate to end that mini-drought here.

St. Louis City – Joao Klauss

Klauss is St. Louis’ joint-leading scorer this season, his three goals only matched by Celio Pompeu after both players were on target against Sporting KC last time out.

The Brazilian has attempted a team-high 29 shots this term as well as creating 12 chances for team-mates, a tally only bettered by Pompeu (17).

MATCH PREDICTION – HOUSTON DYNAMO WIN

The Dynamo’s first victory over St. Louis came in the second leg of this year’s CONCACAF Champions Cup first round, a 1-0 home win that saw Houston into the round of 16.

St. Louis had previously gone unbeaten in the first three meetings between the teams (two wins, one draw), including winning both matches in Missouri.

After winning their first three away matches in club history last year, St. Louis have only managed three wins in 22 road trips (six draws, 13 defeats). Houston, meanwhile, have won two of their last three at Shell Energy Stadium so enter Saturday’s game as favourites.

OPTA WIN PROBABILITY

Houston Dynamo – 42%

St. Louis City – 29.7%

Draw – 28.3%

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