FC Dallas will hit the West Coast to take on the high-flying Los Angeles Galaxy in a battle between two of the top-four teams in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference.
On one hand, they’ve won more games than Dallas, have a ridiculous defense, and are great at limiting their opponents’ chances. On the other hand, Dallas has been on a solid run of form and is here to stay as they’re able to knick results from almost every match they’re a part of.
All in all, the best bet would be to find an Asian handicap spotting Dallas a half-goal, if not a full goal. They’re more likely to overcome the odds and win than the Galaxy is to dominate, especially with their low-scoring outings lately. If push comes to shove, however, LA gets the smallest of nods. Check out Fanduel to make your wagers for this match.
FC Dallas has gotten off to a 5-4-1 start, accumulating the fourth-most points in the West with 19, which is actually level with third place, though they’re behind on goal difference. They’re unbeaten in their last nine matches and have won three of their last four games, most recently getting past the Seattle Sounders 2-0.
Jesús Ferriera leads the line with seven goals in 10 matches, tied for the most in the league. Ferreira’s development has been impressive but also desperately needed due to the departure of Ricardo Pepi, last year’s leading scorer who now plays for FC Augsburg. Dallas is tied with the San Jose Earthquakes for the third-most goals in the West, and they’re also tied with the Galaxy (spoiler alert) for the fewest goals conceded in the entire league.
Dallas likes to set up in a 4-3-3, which they use to create a ton of attacking chances; they’re not always excellent at ball retention, though they are rarely outmatched in possession. Their solid defensive record is a testament to their backline, which can come under fire occasionally when the attackers and midfielders are caught high up the pitch and not in a position to cover the center-backs. They’ve got an excellent balance overall and figure to be legitimate contenders for the rest of the season.
The Galaxy’s level with Dallas on 19 points, though they’ve earned theirs behind a 6-1-3 record, showing they’re a little more volatile. They won their last domestic match 1-0, a huge tie with second-place Austin FC, and have won three of their last four— however, they’ve only scored three total goals during this stretch, one in each of their wins, which were all 1-0 results. They’re leaving themselves a small margin of error which explains their more unpredictable record, but they’ve got undeniable talent if nothing else.
Javier “Chicharito” Hernández is LA’s main man up front, claiming five goals from 10 matches. He’s got an exceptional work rate, great movement on and off the ball, and is relentless in front of goal, even if he isn’t the most brilliant technician with the ball at his feet. No other player has scored more than on time, however, which is a bit of a concern for a team with lofty expectations but less than half the goals of first-place Los Angeles FC.
LA plays a 4-2-3-1 that gives them more balance throughout the pitch, especially in the midfield. They’re more deliberate with their buildup and like to funnel the attack to Hernandez who, if given the opportunity, is clinical in front of the goal. Their defense is airtight and can sniff out changes in a heartbeat, and once they do, they tend to spend a while on the ball before turning it over.
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