Nashville SC have never failed to reach the play-offs, and that record will be maintained if they win this one.
Last time out, Hany Mukhtar’s 23rd goal of the season, two more than anybody else, helped the Boys in Gold draw 1-1 with Austin at Q2 Stadium.
That point means Gary Smith’s side are now unbeaten in six matches, leaving them fourth in the Western Conference.
In contrast, Houston Dynamo are in rotten form and sit second bottom of the west.
El Naranja were beaten 3-1 by LAFC a fortnight ago; Corey Baird rather embarrassed to equalise against his former employers.
So, Houston have won just two of their last 11, with their last victory on the road coming at San Jose on 17 July.
Thus, a home victory seems very likely at Geodis Park.