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MLS Playoff Betting Preview: New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo

MLS Playoff Betting Preview: New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo


The final leg between New York and Houston goes down Wednesday at 8pm EST from Red Bull Arena and at 2.00, Thierry Henry and Co. look good to reach the Eastern Conference final.

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Expect a few goals when the New York Red Bulls host the Houston Dynamo tonight, where the winner moves on to the Eastern Conference Finals while the winner goes home.

New York comes into tonight's match without star defender Jamison Olave after he received a red card in the opening leg. Though the Red Bulls finished as the top club in Major League Soccer during the season, they have a losing record without the rock-solid Olave in the lineup. They subsequently dropped a 2-0 lead after his ejection and had to settle for a 2-2 draw on the weekend.

Still, at 2.00, New York looks too atrractive tonight to ignore. New York went 11-2-4 (W-L-T) at home this season and dominated Houston three times during the season by 2-0, 3-1, and 4-0 scores. The New York -1 handicap is slated at 3.40, which offers increased value, while the New York win with both teams to score is at 4.00. The Red Bulls are also undefeated in their last nine matches, a streak stretching back to August.

For the draw (end of 90 minutes of regulation) to hit again, William Hill has it right now at 3.40.

The Dynamo have played bridesmaid for the past two seasons as L.A. have had their number at the MLS Cup Final. They will look heavily to Will Bruin and Giles Barnes to deliver goals, and will buoyed by the fact that New York are winless in their last six home playoff matches - with none ever at Red Bull Arena.

Houston is available at 3.75.

The over 2.5 total goals is listed at 1.91 and I like that to crack.  Additionally, Thierry Hnery and Tim Cahill are available at 1.91 and 2.25, respectively. I like Cahill in particular as he also scored last match and offers better value.