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Massive Predictions: Crew at Houston Dynamo

Can the Black & Gold turn things around on the road in Houston?

MLS: Houston Dynamo at Columbus Crew SC Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in over a year, Columbus Crew SC has lost three consecutive games. The team is perplexed because they believe they are playing well enough to get wins. The fans are frustrated because those wins aren’t coming. Both players/coaches and supporters can agree that the Black & Gold aren’t scoring enough.

After two games in the last week, the Crew now travel to the Houston Dynamo, hoping to reverse the misfortunes of the last two weeks. They will have to do it against a Dynamo team that has only lost once in 2019 and is 3-0-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Can Columbus get it right and put the ball in the back of the net enough to get a result on the road? Let’s see what our staff thinks for this contest.

Tyler Fisher

Columbus need to find answers fast, as they’ve dropped their last three matches, most recently a 1-0 loss to D.C. United this past Wednesday. Granted, they outplayed United in nearly every aspect, the finishing — or “killer instinct” — just simply wasn’t there. They have a chance to redeem themselves against the Houston Dynamo Saturday night in the Lone Star State. I can say, that Caleb Porter might need to find a new formation, since his 4-2-3-1 seems predictable. Houston on the other hand, are hit with the injury bug with several players on the injury report that will miss this game. However, I don’t think that will be enough for Columbus to stop. I don’t think the Crew will win, but a draw is a step in the right direction.
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Collin Johnson

A road game in the midst of a long spell of offensive struggles and a congested fixture period does not typically signal good fortune for an MLS team. The Crew will be against all of those factors and a one-loss Houston team when they head south for Saturday’s match. The Dynamo have only played six matches to Columbus’ nine, and did not have a midweek game. If the Crew is able to grab a goal or two, look for it to come from the head of one of the Black & Gold’s taller players, as Houston is not a particularly tall team and the Crew should look to take advantage in any way they can on Saturday.
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Jimmy Lentz

Columbus Crew SC travels to Texas to play the Houston Dynamo this Saturday night. Both teams have 13 points so far in 2019 yet the Dynamo have played three fewer games than the Crew and have a +5-goal differential to the Crew’s -1. Houston’s Alberth Elis (4 goals) and Mauro Manotas (4 assists, 2 goals) will be a difficult challenge for the Columbus defense to contain for 90 minutes, particularly with Elis attacking from the outside.

If Gyasi Zardes receives the ball on the ground every once in a while, then that will give him the opportunity to either turn and go for goal or distribute to a teammate running off the ball. The Crew’s offense gets something, but it probably won’t be enough against a tough opponent on the road.
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Mike Crosky

While the Houston Dynamo hasn’t played the most challenging of schedules thus far in 2019, they are scoring goals and winning at home. Columbus will be playing its third game in eight days. It’s hard to say what lineup Caleb Porter will trot out to the field, but I am hoping it is tweaked a bit. Regardless of who is on the pitch in Houston, I do not see the Crew pulling out a win in this match. Heck, even a draw would feel like a win. With the pacey Dynamo playing at home, and the Crew continuing to struggle with finding the back of the net, I see this one as a loss.
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Guilherme Torres

I don’t like the Crew’s chances in this one, the third and final match in a week in which not much went well. The team’s morale is not great right now and with probably a lot of starters missing the trip to Texas, I believe the Black & Gold should end the week empty handed.

The Dynamo has been strong at home, having collected 10 out of 12 possible points at the BBVA Compass Stadium this season and is considerably better-rested, having last played just last Friday, even before the Crew’s match against the Portland Timbers. I imagine tje offense will struggle again and the Black & Gold will end a week to forger with another setback.
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Nick Hudak

Sorry, Crew Nation. I don’t have many words for this one, aside from the obvious that the Black & Gold need to score to get three points. On the road against a solid Houston Dynamo squad, they’ll get the goal but unfortunately continue their losing streak.
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Elmer Plasencia

The display on Wednesday from the Crew once again left a lot to be desired. The team had its bright spots but couldn’t seem to adjust their strategy to cross balls into the box. If Houston takes a page out of D.C.’s book, it will be tough for anyone to find the end of those crosses once again. The Crew’s schedule isn’t getting any easier and it will be crucial for Caleb Porter to make adjustments and for other players to step up to find the back of the net. Unfortunately, I think Houston is going to be too much to handle in the attack which will make it tough for the Crew to find an attack of their own to end this run of bad form.
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Jay Homan

Hopefully these couple of weeks will be looked back on as a turning point in the season after it is all said and done. With three consecutive losses (two of which were at home), the Crew now head on the road. The Black and Gold have had some struggles on the road this season. We will likely see those struggles continue on Saturday as they face a Houston team who have been averaging 14 shots per game and have only given up four goals in open play. With tired legs and a minimal rotation of players on Saturday due to lack of depth in many positions, expect the current run of form to continue.
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Patrick Murphy

We all know the issues with the Crew right now. The Black & Gold are creating plenty of chances and defending well enough to win, but the ball is not going into the net. I’ll say it again, I don’t think the scoring problem is something that will just be fixed... this team didn’t score goals frequently last year.

I think it will be the same old story this week, but this time on the road. If, as I expect, Houston capitalizes on an early opportunity and Columbus finds itself in a hole once again, this could be another difficult one for Crew fans to watch.
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