Houston have lost their last two matches, including a 1-0 home reverse against Sporting, and BetVictor offer a juicy 100/30 (4.33) quote that the visitors find their form and claim victory here while the same firm go 12/5 (3.40) that the match ends level.
Neither side will come into Sunday’s encounter full of confidence and, despite their respective lofty placings in the Eastern conference, the form of both sides has been, at best, patchy, with goals often at a premium.
It is worth noting that only two of Sporting’s last 11 fixtures has featured more than two goals while five of Houston’s last six games has featured fewer than three goals, suggesting another tight encounter between two evenly-matched sides.
The last two meetings between the teams have been won by a solitary goal – with Sporting coming out on top on both occasions - while six of the last seven meetings between the pair have featured fewer than three goals so it is not difficult to imagine a low-scoring match this weekend.
Indeed, BetVictor go just 13/20 (1.65) that fewer than three goals are scored when these two sides meet on Sunday while the same firm's generous 21/20 (2.05) quote that the first half ends level is likely to attract plenty of support from punters.
BetVictor also offer a tempting 21/20 (2.05) for punters who back the first goal of the contest to arrive on or after the 28th minute and that appears to be a price worthy of support should the recent trend between these sides continue on Sunday evening.
|First goal on or after 28th minute at 21/20 (2.05) with BetVictor
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