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New York City value to charge past Dynamo

Midnight Thursday

New York City, rock-solid at the Yankee Stadium, can return to winning ways against a Houston Dynamo side who have lost the plot in recent months.

City were beaten at Salt Lake on Sunday, making it three defeats in their last five.

They are still fifth in the MLS Eastern Conference and playing well but they need to arrest their mini-slide and the Dynamo appear to be ideal opponents to that end.

Houston have simply lost their way. The Western Conference powers started the season superbly yet have won just three times in the past three months.

Home form was always their redeeming feature but even that has deserted them – they head for the Big Apple after of a pair of 1-0 home defeats at the hands of Seattle and Chicago.

On top of that, tricky wide man Alberth Elis picked up a yellow in the Chicago reverse and is suspended.

Wilmer Cabrera's side have lost five of their last six matches and eight of their ten away games in total. New York, meanwhile, have lost just once at home all season and concede at less than a goal a game. They should win this clash comfortably.

Houston have dropped to ninth in the Western Conference following their barren run and have three points to find to get into the playoff places.

In-form Brazilian frontman Heber has popped in nine goals in 14 games including three in his last four and will fancy his chances against Houston's shaky rearguard.

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Match in Focus

12:30 Sa 19Oct BT1

Everton v West Ham

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  • Everton have lost their last four league matches
Expert verdict
Marco Silva is a man under pressure and the Everton manager will come under further scrutiny should his team fail to get a positive result against West Ham. Four consecutive Premier League losses have seen the toiling Toffees slip down to 18th place. The Hammers were made to rue missed chances when they lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace last time out but are eighth in the table on merit and are among the teams vying to gatecrash the top six. Both teams are prone to defensive mistakes so backing a barnstormer of a draw looks value.