FC Dallas and LA Galaxy clash at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. The two conference rivals should bring an interesting and dynamic event, as they simply must chase all three points. Dallas is fifth in the West with two more points than the teams out of the playoff zone. Meanwhile, Galaxy is the first team above the postseason line and is under heavy pressure from behind. The stakes are high here, meaning we should see a very tough clash.
FC Dallas (+115) finally won in the previous round, beating Real Salt Lake City on the road, 0-1. It was the first win for Dallas after seven consecutive encounters and a terrible period of play. We aren’t sure what happened with Nico Estevez’s crew during that stretch, but they slowed down a lot.
Dallas is without a victory at home in the past five MLS games, with three losses and two draws, and with four of the past five of those events all being with 2 or 3 goals. The other pattern we noticed here is that Dallas managed to keep clean sheets in just one of the past 10 events in Frisco.
This crew has one exceptional forward, Jesus Ferreira, who is the third scorer in league with 12 goals, and he also has five assists as well.
LA Galaxy (+220) suffered three losses in a row before beating the banged-up Atlanta United last week, 2-0 in LA. Overall, until that game, Galaxy recorded just one success in seven games, of which Greg Vanney’s crew lost five.
The defense is the Achilles heel for this assembly. In five of the last seven games, they would concede twice or more, which is a clear indicator of problems in the back line.
Galaxy’s road performances deteriorated in recent times, having three road trips in a row without a win. At first, they played 1-1 in Minneapolis, and after that lost to the LAFC 3-2, and the Colorado Rapids 2-0.
Excellent news for the hosts is that they don’t have any injured or suspended players, which is a rarity these days in the MLS.
Meanwhile, Galaxy can’t count on Jorge Villafana only.
Head to Head Games
The first meeting of the year was in May in LA, and Dallas won that game, 1-3. The previous four games between these two units all brought at least four goals.
When looking at the meetings in Dallas, the hosts have won the previous five clashes, scoring two or more goals in four straight. So, we might say that they have some sort of domination over Galaxy in Frisco.
Neither unit is in good shape, and betting on the full-time result, isn’t a good idea right now. Instead, our pick here would be 2 or 3 goals, which is the most frequent efficiency outcome for these two sides over the last few weeks. The odds are quite solid on this selection, +105, and given all the circumstances, it should be the least risky decision.
Pick: 2 or 3 goals +105
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