Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs Sporting Kansas City
Venue: Toyota Stadium – Saturday, March 14 – 20:30 ET (00:30 GMT – Sunday 15)
Match Odds: FC Dallas 23/20 – Draw 23/10 – Kansas City 12/5
Dallas come into the game full of confidence after a late Blas Perez header earned them a 1-0 win against San Jose Earthquakes in front of their own fans last Saturday.
Sporting KC have moved to the West but faced Eastern Conference opposition in the New York Red Bulls last weekend, playing out a 1-1 draw at Sporting Park and they will be without Matt Besler for the trip to Dallas after the USMNT defender was sent off on Sunday night.Embed from Getty Images
Getting something to take back to Kansas City at Toyota Stadium is unlikely though as FC Dallas have won 10 of their last 12 at home in MLS.
Last year’s only meeting between the two ended 1-1 at Sporting Park with two goals in the last ten minutes sharing the points. The last meeting at Toyota Stadium came in 2013 and also ended as a draw.Embed from Getty Images
This will be the first of three meetings between Dallas and Sporting KC this season but both are likely to be battling at the top end of the Western Conference come the end of the regular season.
Saturday night’s game will be the 50th Major League Soccer game between the two clubs and it should be an entertaining one as the pair have scored 151 goals in the previous 49 meetings.
FC Dallas have no fresh injury concerns going into the game but will still be without Stephen Keel (foot) and Coy Craft (shoulder). Head coach Oscar Pareja is unlikely to make any changes to his side so Chris Seitz could retain his place in goal with Dan Kennedy settling for a place on the bench again.
Sporting Kansas City will be without Matt Besler as he serves a one-game suspension while Chance Myers is also out (achilles). Amadou Dia is likely to keep his place at right-back while Erik Palmer-Brown will come in to replace Besler and will hope to keep things tight at the back alongside Ike Opara.
FC Dallas’ form: W
Sporting Kansas City’s form: D
Key Stat: Both sides have scored in each of the last six meeting between the clubs. There have been 23 goals in those past six games.Embed from Getty Images
Key Player: Blas Perez – Perez scored the winner in last week’s win against San Jose and ended the last campaign with five in his last seven. Expect him to be a threat again against an SKC defence that is going to have to cope without Besler.
FC Dallas 2-1 Sporting Kansas City – The loss of Besler for this one is huge for Sporting KC and Dallas will look to benefit from that. It should be a close game but the home advantage should help see FC Dallas across the line.