Western Conference strugglers face off in this weekend's MLS action.
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States
Key Stat: Houston have kept five clean sheets in a row at home, but are goalless in their last three matches.
Expert Verdict: Houston may have stopped conceding as many goals as they were earlier in the season, but strikes have dried up at the other end too and this is therefore likely to be a tight game. A draw is certainly possible, but San Jose Earthquakes can collect a rare away win here.
A 0-0 draw at home against the Vancouver Whitecaps last time out included some positive signs about Houston Dynamo's defending, but they remain bottom of the Western Conference. That extended their run without a win to four games and more improvements will be needed here against San Jose Earthquakes.
DaMarcus Beasley, DaMarcus Beasley and Rob Lovejoy are all out due to injury, while Raul Rodriguez and Agus are also expected to be unavailable. Giles Barnes could come into the team for Erick Torres, who is heading to the Olympic Games with Mexico.
Willis, Horst, Rodriguez, Williams, Anibaba, Garcia, Alex, Warner, Wenger, Barnes, Bruin.
The Earthquakes followed up a 2-1 home win against Toronto with a 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake last weekend to prompt suggestions the team has finally turned the corner and is now on the up.
Chris Wondolowski was on the scoresheet in that draw against RSL and will continue up front, with San Jose seeking to break a run of 12 games on the road without a win.
Bingham, Stewart, Wynne, Bernardez, Dawkins, Quintero, Cato, Godoy, Alashe, Wondolowski, Amarikwa.
There have been no draws in the last six matches between these two teams, with three wins apiece meaning the head-to-head record is evenly split ahead of this weekend's clash.
Last time out, the Earthquakes claimed a 3-1 win in San Jose, with Alberto Quintero scoring a brace on that day and Anibal Godoy also getting on the scoresheet. Tyler Deric was sent off for Houston but the goalkeeper will not be involved in this game due to injury.
Houston Dynamo have improved since the departure of Owen Coyle, but it is clear they are the worst team in the Western Conference and they are already starting to plan for next season. San Jose Earthquakes, however, look to be on the up and they will be looking to continue their upturn in results on their trip to Houston, with an away win quite possibly on the cards here.
It is hard to find any reason for Houston Dynamo to be favourites for this game, with odds of 11/10 puzzling due to their lacklustre form, although San Jose Earthquakes have been poor on the road.
The visitors can be backed at a tempting 21/10, while the draw is priced up at around 9/4 for this game. Given Dynamo's recent strength at the back at home, under 2.5 goals is a solid bet at 10/13 and opposing both teams to score is also recommended here at a price of evens.