FC Dallas became the first MLS team to take a point from the Banc of California Stadium last weekend after they held the competition’s newest club Los Angeles FC to a 1-1 draw. Having lost 3-1 the previous week to Eastern Conference favourites New York City, the Texans recovered well to take a point from another difficult fixture.
That defeat in the Big Apple remains Dallas’ only loss so far this season. The Texans have been picking up points in singles, drawing 50% of their matches so far this term and while the majority of the teams in the MLS have been leaking goals a plenty, Dallas have bucked that trend.
Dallas have conceded just seven goals in their eight fixtures so far, which makes them the best defence in the MLS from a statistical standpoint. Their performances in the defensive third have helped to offset their lack of cutting edge at the other end. Dallas have scored just eleven times so far.
At Toyota Park, performances have been solid if unspectacular for Dallas. Manager Oscar Pareja has managed to keep his team unbeaten at home, though they have drawn three of their five league fixtures there since the 2018 campaign kicked off. Dallas haven’t tasted defeat in eleven MLS games in total in a sequence stretching back to the end of last season.
The early season optimism surrounding LA Galaxy after their bright start to the season has all but evaporated in recent weeks after they slumped to three defeats on the bounce since their 1-0 win at Chicago Fire a month ago.
Atlanta United (2-0), New York RB (3-2) and Houston Dynamo (3-2) all got the better of Galaxy in their last trio of MLS outings and LA have lost four of their last five overall. Galaxy’s string of defeats saw them drop out of the playoff positions for the first time this season and this weekend they will attempt to redress their slump against a team they haven’t managed to beat in their last five meetings with them.
Galaxy haven’t been beaten by more than a two goal margin in any of their losses this season, so a repeat of last year’s 5-1 mauling in Dallas is unlikely. The Texans are still huge favourites to extend their eleven match unbeaten run at the Toyota Stadium however and we’re backing them to just about squeeze past Galaxy this week.
There were under 2.5 goals scored in five of Dallas’ last six matches and with Galaxy averaging just one goal per game on the road this season, we recommend you take the under 2.5 goal option again here. That ties in with our correct score prediction of 2-0 to the hosts.