Both home sides in these second leg may fancy their chances, but it won’t be easy to advance given the circumstances. Sporting have had some tough times against Houston over the years, despite holding them to 1-1, 1-0 and 0-0 in recent meetings. For Portland, they trail 4-2, and they’ve never beaten Real Salt Lake. Frederic Piqiuonne’s injury time wonder header may prove to be one of the most important in the history of the club if they can tun this around.
Sporting KC vs. Houston Dynamo – (12.30am)
Something has to give whoever qualifies here, as Sporting have conceded just 1 goal in their previous 5 meetings with Houston, going unbeaten. Despite that, the Dynamo have eliminated SKC in the playoffs in the past 2 seasons. Both times the second leg was played here, but Houston had the foundations of a home win when travelling here. This time, Sporting kept their second clean sheet in Houston in 4 weeks, and it’ll hopefully be third time lucky from their point of view. Houston were taken apart by NY in the first leg and got away with one, but their away performances have been so impressive. 16 of 23 meetings between these two have seen 2 or fewer goals, whilst the last seven straight have gone under. In Playoff games,they’ve scored a combined 5 goals in 3 meetings. 13 of Houston’s 17 away games have gone Under this season. Whilst only 7 of Sporting’s games have gone under, there’s always a tight defensive playoff atmosphere between these two in any type of game, let alone the actual playoffs, so Sporting’s 15 clean sheets this season may come in to play. Sporting may be the home team, but Houston are dangerous, and that could make for a very cagey and safe first 45 minutes at least.
Under 2.25 goals @ 1.85 with Ladbrokes