The NWSL doesn’t stop and we have two interesting matches for this Friday night, with Houston Dash trying to keep the pace against Orlando Pride and Portland Thorns clashing against leaders Angel City.
Both of the home sides for Friday are significant favorites on legal Canadian and US sportsbooks’ moneylines. Prop markets for both matches expect tight finishes as well, with goals being scarce.
Could Houston shut down the Pride Friday?
First off, we have the “Space Derby.” Houston hosts Orlando with the match kicking off at 8:30 p.m. EDT on Paramount+. PointsBet has the Dash as its favorite on its 3-way moneyline as of early Friday. PointsBet is also strongly favoring both sides to score a goal in this match as well.
Including the Fall Series in 2020, the Dash are unbeaten in their last nine matches in all competitions against Orlando. In the eight all-time meetings that have been played in Houston, the clubs have combined to score 29 goals (3.6 goals per match).
The defense for the Dash has been a key piece of their most recent performances in the league and the stats back that up. Dating back to last season, Houston has not allowed multiple goals in any of its last seven regular-season matches. It is the second-longest such streak in club history.
Meanwhile, Orlando has found a knack for goals earlier or later in the match, which could be an interesting factor when betting upon. The Pride scored the latest goal ever scored in NWSL history, putting the ball in the back of the net at 97:53 in their last match.
Actually, three of Orlando’s four latest goals in club history have been scored since May 14. Plus, they’ve scored twice in the opening 15 minutes, only second to the Chicago Red Stars in terms of scoring early.
Will Portland replicate its earlier performance against Angel City?
Portland and Angel City will be facing off for the first time in regular-season play but did play twice in the Challenge Cup earlier this year. Their match begins at 10:30 p.m. EDT, also viewable on Paramount+.
PointsBet has the Thorns a heavy favorite at home tonight. On the prop menu, they also offer the best action on either side getting shutout. That’s a little intriguing as these clubs split the spoils in the Challenge Cup with each club securing a home shutout win.
Portland is on a four-match winless streak and has just one win so far this season. It is the first time in club history that the Thorns have failed to win multiple contests over their first five tests of a season.
Angel City has won every match in which it has scored but has lost twice by conceding a single goal. Only San Diego Wave FC has more wins and a perfect record when scoring in an appearance this season. The Wave have also only conceded a single goal in each of their two losses.
Sophia Smith scored her third goal of the season on Saturday after scoring three goals in this year’s Challenge Cup. She joins Ashley Hatch, Mallory Pugh, and Alex Morgan as the only players to have at least three goals in both of the 2022 NWSL competitions.
Jun Endo and Tyler Lussi are the only players on Angel City with above 0.5 expected goals and 0.5 expected assists this season. Lussi is one of three players to have above 0.5 xG and xA without a goal contribution in 2022. Jess Fishlock (0.9 xG, 0.84 xA) and Sofia Jakobsson (0.81 xG, 0.85 xA) are the other two.