Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. Toronto FC
Venue: Toyota Stadium – Saturday, April 18th – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST)
Match Odds: FC Dallas 19/20 – Draw 5/2 – Toronto 18/5
Dallas started the season in fine form but now haven’t won in three games and Oscar Pareja needs to get his side back to winning ways.
Last week Dallas suffered a shock 4-0 defeat to lowly Colorado Rapids, which nobody would have predicted, and if they do not get back to winning ways this weekend it will be another dent in the Dallas players’ confidence.Embed from Getty Images
Toronto have lost their last three games on the bounce after their opening weekend win at Vancouver and sit ninth in the Eastern Conference.
Greg Vanney’s side have been a little unlucky with their last two losses, but they’re leaking goals and Dallas will be looking to exploit their backline on Saturday.
Summer signing, Sebastian Giovinco, has netted just the once so far this campaign and the Toronto faithful will be hoping he can settle in and start to deliver the goods to get them out of this slump.Embed from Getty Images
Both team will expect to make the playoffs come the end of the season and both need a win here to try and kickstart a run of form so it’s all to play for.
FC Dallas have four injury concerns as Coy Craft, Stephen Keel, Dan Kennedy and Mauro Diaz could all miss out. Blas Perez and Fabian Castillo can reignite Dallas if they can rediscover their form in this game and Toronto will need to be aware of the threat Tesho Akindele possesses.Embed from Getty Images
Toronto could be without five players as Steven Caldwell, Damien Perquis, Mark Bloom, Eriq Zavaleta and Clement Simonin are all recovering from injuries. Warren Creavalle will also be absent as he is suspended. Michael Bradley featured in the USA’s 2-0 win over Mexico on Wednesday night so he may well be a little heavy-legged towards the end of the game providing he starts.
FC Dallas’ form: W/W/D/L/L
Toronto’s form: W/L/L/L
Key Stat: Dallas haven’t lost to Toronto since 2011 and given the Reds’ recent form, that run may well be extended beyond this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
Key Player: Blas Perez – The Dallas forward has the ability to get his side back on track if he is supplied with the service and his performance will be key.
FC Dallas 1-1 Toronto – Both sides will be hoping they can end their barren run, but given neither has won in their last three we could see a tense and cagey affair. Nothing is certain however, as we saw last weekend with the Dallas score and Toronto would love to produce a similar performance to that of Colorado’s last Friday here.